When I was a little girl, I fell in love with fairy tales. With stories, really. And my fascination with them led me to make up my own in my head. I had a sixth grade teacher who would let me tell my stories to our class sometimes. Those were my first attempts, I suppose. Later, in junior high, I wrote stories down and somehow convinced my friends to act them out with me. In high school, I recognized the kick I got out of writing, so I went to college with the intention of becoming a journalist--trying to kill two birds with one stone: Write and make a living at it. But that didn't work out be more...