I come from a very large family (mostly brothers), and to make a long story very short, we were a lively group. We loved to tease each other. Which is why I was able to outrun them (even if I am the shortest!). It was a matter of survival. My one and only sister was another matter, I think it would have been a close call to try to outrun her. To put it bluntly, we had a happy childhood.
When I was growing up, my job was to play guardian angel to my little brother, which meant keeping him safe. I ended up getting into more fights trying to do that than any other time – I guess that is one of the reasons that when I write about warriors, I know something about battles.
Writing was never my childhood dream, although I was the one who made up stories to play out when we got together with other children. It was probably the beginning of what drove me to write; that, and a challenge from a friend in Jr. High. She proudly showed me her story, and asked me to read it, which I did. I have to admit, I was no diplomat, and embarrassed to admit it. I told her what I thought was wrong with it, she told me to do better, and then when I did she threw her book out. I felt bad, but it was too late to change things.
It was the beginning of a whole different phase in my life. Now, instead of playing the story out, I wrote them. The trouble a young girl can get into doing something so innocent. People do not understand that flashlights use batteries, if you are not allowed to put the lights on in the house in the middle of the night. (Imagine that!) Teachers take offence when you are writing, and not listening when they are lecturing. I would write my stories and hide them in the closet, where they stayed until one of the nieces found them. We all know what happened then. Yes, you guessed it, Becca had just finished her formatting course, and those books were interesting, which meant they were about to become public domain.
So, now that my closet has been raided, and some of my stashes have been found, the worlds I once created are coming out into the open, where everyone can read them, slowly, as fillers between books that are evolving on a day to day basis, along with series like, The Elven Chronicles, Tantalus, EC: One Empire and Guardians of the Future, and who knows what else the future will bring.
Maybe it was her form of revenge for what I have done in the past, but I cannot imagine why. I have been a good girl, granted, there are some of my family who will try to tell you that I’m not as innocent as I would like everyone to believe. That I have earned what I have reaped, and have a personality that keeps them on their toes. (Do not believe them.) Granted, over the years, I have earned several nicknames from the nieces and nephews 😉 , Names like – The Godmother, The Evil Christmas Elf (comes from making my nieces wrap their own Christmas presents), Mistress of Ambush. My favourite response to them, when they try to get me into trouble, is just to look at them with a wide, doe eyed expression, and say “Moi?????”
As for pets, I have a seal point Siamese cat named Athena Ravenspaw, and another, a lilac point torte Siamese, I called Azorez Tathar Silver Myst. Both like to romp in the middle of the night, on top the bed, and sleep during the day.