Parenting and Personal Musings

On Becoming an Author


There are people who impact our lives in major ways with seemingly small actions. My kindergarten teacher is one of those people for me.

I was incredibly shy as a child. All the way into college, I rarely ever spoke out in class. So when it was time for the annual recitation contest, my kindergarten teacher did something kind and thoughtful. She told my mother that I seemed to have some aptitude for writing and could write something for the school writing contest instead of reciting a poem if I wanted.

Of course, I did.

I sat down at the dining table and wrote a little essay about raccoons—something about how they looked and what they ate and that they were a nuisance for farmers. That writing went from my school, on to the county, and then earned me a first place trophy in my school district for writing.

From that moment on, I believed I was good at writing. When I made a bad grade on a math test, I believed I wasn’t good at math; but nothing ever made me feel like I wasn’t good at writing. I already believed writing was my talent—because my kindergarten teacher said so, and my first real writing won me a trophy.

I studied journalism in college and set off to be a writer. I’ve served as managing editor of two monthly magazines, and I’ve contributed articles and blog posts to print and online publications on a wide range of topics for the past 10 years.

Then I decided to pursue the title of “author.” For years, I’ve thought about writing and illustrating a children’s book. Now, with my own children starting school and with a move across the ocean, I’ve decided finally to make that dream a reality.

I’m not sure if my kindergarten teacher knows the impact she’s had on my life, but it all started with her—her kindness.

2 thoughts on “On Becoming an Author”

  1. This is lovely – a wonderful personal post.
    Teachers can have such strong influences on us. I too was inspired by a primary school teacher in writing when I was 9. I wrote a story and my teacher read it to the class and then nominated me for our school to a writing program, which I got into it and loved. Ever since I have felt like I could write and have wanted to be an author. I have written a few picture manuscripts and am in the process of trying to get something published – so congratulations!


    1. Thank you, and congratulations to you! Best of luck getting your manuscripts published. I’m going the self-publishing route and am planning to release my first book this fall. It’s an exciting process. I look forward to reading your books when they are published!


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