When my brother drowned in 1977, I was eleven years old. I watched him go under. I began writing to cope.
In 1978, my English teacher held my crumpled papers up in front of the class and proclaimed, "This! Now this is a story !" And there began my journey.
I've been writing for years, of course. I've only just now gathered the courage to get really serious about writing. I'm not sure that I want to "break out" into the Children's Book genre but that's what seems to come out of me the most.
I also write essays, short stories more...