I have worked in the visual arts in one way or another for most of my adult life, but my creative interests and my life changed radically around the year 2000.
After purchasing my first computer I discovered how much easier it was to express myself through writing and sailed off into a whole new world not long after. A random word I encountered while scrolling through the thesaurus opened a window that catapulted me into writing my first novel.
The interesting thing was that I didn't plan any of it. The first few words of each chapter would just pop into my head and all I had to do was sit down at the keyboard and just go for it. I have always worked in the same manner in whatever discipline I worked, but this was a far more interesting process, a much more direct way of creating and far more exhilarating.
I originally attended art college, completed a qualification as a teacher, a BA in Art and Psychology and then a Masters in Studies of Psychology with the specific aim of becoming an art therapist, but I never quite got there. I discovered the exciting new world of writing instead.