My earliest memory of deciding I wanted to be a published author was at age eleven, but before that, I remember loving to write stories, making them up for others to love and cherish. Recently, me and my dad recovered my old books from Year One (age six) where I found old stories, including one where a hedgehog married the moon (it's a long distance relationship...)
My first serious story was a historical/fantasy cross-over about World War II spies (my obsession of the time.) It lasted for about thirty pages, and it was atrocious, where my main character Lizzie travelled from France to England in the space of two sentences. Although I count it as a blip in my writing career, I owe that story a lot, as it was from the fantasy segments that The Element Adventures was first conceived. Drastically different from what it is now, of course, but it was the foundation and where I fell in love with the idea that creatures could have power over the elements, and how we would never notice them because we were too busy fighting wars.
When I entered secondary school, I took a break from writing to concentrate on fitting in, until I realised that writing was a part of me, and I would carry that love wherever I went. In Year Eight (age thirteen) I delved back into writing, abandoning the historical elements of stories and developing, with quite a ferocity, the story that was to become The Element Adventures, and the world that would become Maegard.
I write everyday, I've always held onto that achievement, but I don't mean in the way that one might sit down with bundles of free time down at a computer or desk and work away. I do that as much as I can, of course, but what I really mean is that The Element Adventures builds each and everyday, as there is not a day that goes by where I don't spend time daydreaming and thinking about scenes and plot arcs maybe four books away. In my mind, I write down and remember it all for when it is needed, and my aim is that when I try to get children to read it, I can honestly say that it was all conceived when I was just a child myself. I've never set out for this purpose, it's just happened. What I have planned is for my main characters to be very little distance in age from me, and I wish to do this even when I'm an adult, because I think there is just a state of mind that you can't hang onto as you get older. You can reminisce, but it's not living it. My childhood might be growing shorter, but I plan on utilising that as well as I can, and trying to keep hold of the thoughts I had years ago when I was first trying to figure out the world, and myself.
In short, I'm not going into adulthood willingly.
Writing gives me as power, a rush, that I can't feel any other way. Is it arrogance? A God complex? (Probably) More than anything, it gives me a sense of relevance that was once lost to me, an importance telling me that my purpose should be to write, and never stop.