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What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
 
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The first readings I did were children's books, of course. When I branched into my own readings, I did a lot with fantasy books. I read Tolkien, Herbert, Lewis. I also read a lot of the classics like Moby Dick, War and Peace and the like. Unfortunately, thanks to school, I've also read things like Plato's Books of the Republic.

I first began writing because I was bored in school as a child. I wrote stories based on some of the cartoons I watched, like Robotech. The first people to read what I had been writing were my parents. Granted my stories were the crap one might expect from a child, they have since grown into large, complex plots. Now, I have 10 or 20 people that reading everything and giving me comments.
 


I remember as a little kid reading a book called Beautiful Joe. It was a very sad book about a dog. But it did have a happy ending.

I began to write in my thirties. And I began to write out of desperation. I was out of college with zero direction and I needed to escape the real world so I began to research and write. After writing a few chapters I asked my husband to read over it and he thought it was the worst thing he'd ever seen.
 


I read anything I could get my hands on: I'd pour over the labels on household products, foods, etc. The newspaper was always at hand in my house, as was Reader's Digest. I read record album covers, and any other magazines I could get a hold of. I read the dictionary.

Badly.

My first real writing job was in the Governor's Office in Trenton, NJ. I wrote responses to selected constituent letters; I had to show the letters that went out over the Governor's signature to his personal secretary, who must've been a grade school English teacher in an earlier life. She savagely edited my "work." I learned by making mistakes and having them crossed out with a red flair marker. But I improved, and the most important thing I learned was how to take criticism.
 


I first read picture books of classic tales such as "Moby Dick", "The Odyssey", and "Aesop's Fables". Then I moved on to reading historical novels in my teens. I began writing in school, but didn't choose to pursue it professionally until 1990.
My parents and other family members were the first to read my work (poetry).
 


The first thing I can consciously remember reading were the "on" and "off" designations on a light switch after decoding their meaning from my understanding of the alphabet. I have always been interested in writing and dictated stories and poems long before I could write myself. I suppose family and friends were my first audience. 


I learned to read when I was in 1st grade. I believe that I am still learning to write. The first to read my writing were my classmates & teachers. 


I was encouraged to read at a young age by my family. Most of my family members are avid readers, and I eventually fell in love with the works of William Shakespeare. My efforts to write didn't really develop until my senior year in High School, where I received great encouragement from my English teacher. My wife is always my first reader, my initial editor, and my final draft audience. 


I had learning disabilities as a child and did not start to read until about fifth grade. My grandmother's tragic death to cancer in 1959 prompted me to write a gramatically flawed story about her life for the school newspaper. The piece was fraught with angst and emotion and the trauma of her death and my depiction of her as my hero was a catharsis which helped unblock my abilities to comprehend and express myself. Once I began to grasp the fundamentals of reading, my sense of adventure was ignited. The first two books I read were the Odyssey and the Illiad by homer. Followed by a book on Samuel Clemmens ie. Wild Bill Hickok. I approached adventure books with a passion. I also enjoyed "The Weekly Reader" magazine. By the time I was in eigth grade I read on senior high school level. I became proficient in languages and graduated high school with a Regents Diploma endorsed in Latin, English and Spanish. During this period because of my intuitive nature I also became an accomplished story teller. 


My first read involved a set of books given to me by my mother and father when I was about 10 years old. One book was called 'To Brag is To Boast' the others escape my memory at this time, but they helped to fuel my love of reading and from there I made a conscious decision during downtimes in my childhood to glance through the dictionary at least once a week. Needless to say this under that regimen my vocabulary increased significantly and enhanced my love of reading.

I gained a love of writing from my 8th grade teacher Ms. Bobbie Phillips, my handwriting was atrocious at that time. Ms Phillips had a terrible time reading my essay and asked me to do so, which I did. She liked my story so much that I got an A+ some of the students in that class talked of how they liked my stories those were some of my early inspirations. Mr. Deering my high school Journalism teacher for a week told me that I had the ability to be a really good writer and that I qualified for his Advanced Journalism class. I went home and thought about it and the next day I turned it down and have regretted it.

The first person to read what I wrote was Ms. Bobbie Phillips, I've sold copies of my first book" My Brother, My Angel His Kidney Saved My Life most were sold at my place of employment. Just about everyone that read the book gave it great reviews, even though they never went to the online stores and made if official; those sales took place in 2007.
 


My first books (outside of the classic Dr. Seuss stories everyone should have read) would be in the Harry Potter series. I began to write as soon as I could read and formulate my own ideas, really. My sister, who is three years younger than me, started reading my stories, but not until my high school years. 


The first book I remember was a Hans Christian Anderson compilation of fables. I still have it. Reading was always great entertainment for me. The bookmobile and book of the month club were summer favorites.

I began writing scripts when I was about 8 years old for radio shows. Then I'd get my tape recorder and tape it - complete with music.

My mother read the first real short story I ever wrote. I grew up in the 60's, so it was about drug use and protesting. She believed what I wrote and thought I was sneaking out of the house at night. I was 12.
 


My first memory of reading a real book was "Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass." This is still one of my favorite books. Next was "The Yearling." I believe both of these were in 5th grade. Though I could read when I entered kindergarten and certainly read other things prior to these two books, these were the two important books of my elementary school years.

I began to write in high school. I wrote poetry and seriously considered becoming a poet. My friends read my poetry.
 


Dick and Jane went up the hill is the first book I remember but from that point until I was much older I did not like reading. I began writing stories in a college writing class and the first to read my writing was Mrs Gogle my professor. Until that time I had not written anything beyond reports. Well now that I think about it the first was A Navy Chief who edited a report on an explosives accident that I compiled who was the first to read my writing. He told me not to talk so much about who was on the crew but what we were doing and what we found. I found it pretty limiting. 


I first started to write stories when attending high school. Over the years I wrote once in awhile, but I never became serious about writing until about twenty years ago. I joined a writing workshop, which I am still a member, and attended several writing seminars. 


The Sunday funnies on my Dad's lap. I composed my first poem before I could write. I was four. Mom was my audience. 



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