I first dreamed of being an author in third grade, when my teacher passed out strips of construction paper and asked everyone to write what they wanted to be when they grew up. Without hesitation, I wrote "writer." All through elementary school, middle school, and high school, I wrote poetry and short stories. In college, I earned a B.A. in English Writing. However, years went by before I realized my audience. Many of my stories and poems had young protagonists. Adult publications rejected them. Then I started sending out some of the s more...