Twitter account (see picture at left). I was asked "what got you started in this wonderful field?" and I replied "Legos." Which while both true and accurate, is not the complete story.
In circa 1966 I received a set of Legos for Christmas. It was a pretty extensive set for the time, with wheels and lots of blocks and different pieces. At that time they did not give you instructions (at least I don't remember any). Now they have a picture on the box of what you're supposed to make and instructions. I think that's just stupid.
Anyway, the first thing I remember doing with my Legos was building cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters and making up stories about the worlds I built. (My mother once observed that while I preferred making vehicles, other children seemed to build houses; even then I liked fast things.)
Meanwhile, I was a television junky. I loved TV even though we only had two channels in southeastern Idaho (we got a PBS station around 1973 and finally an ABC affiliate around 1976).
I loved stories. I loved watching them on TV and I loved making them up with my Lego worlds.
When I was about 12 I decided I should write my stories down. I taught myself how to type using my older sister's high school typing manual and "borrowed" my older brother's typewriter. I'm assuming whatever I wrote in those days was pretty jejune. Nothing has survived, as far as I know (thank God). But I kept writing,, for almost 40 years I kept writing, working on it off and on as I went through the stages of my life, including 20 years in the business world.
It took me nearly 20 years to finally be published, and now I have four books published (and 6 written, but we won't talk about that). I'm working on a science fiction novel now.
And that's why I started writing: Legos.
Which is interesting because I'm sure my parents never had any idea that Legos would lead me to writing.