NO I did not want to be a writer from early age. Sure, I wrote short pieces with stick men pictures and I once wrote a play based on Julius Caesar. I read very little. The main influence in my life were the movies and steam radio.
I did not start writing fiction until 1978 when I worked on 3 novels simultaneously.... not completing any of them. Okay so writing is not for me. Off I went into teaching and fell in love with storytelling. I read stories and we acted them out with sound effects and occasional music (no piano).
I started writing computer books in the 80s....gave up for many years and then did writing for hire for computer authors. It is only recently that I dug out old m/ss, typed on an ancient olivetti and started writing seriously. I can't stop.
My motivation? I can't find what I like to read so decided to write my own. However the greater motivation was to get a Christian message to young readers, without preaching (I write sermons and am working on spiritual books for adults). I have my first novel: The LANDING PLACE coming out soon...published by Winepress and my second now in the second stage in the Penguin Competition.
Sure..I'm a newbee or should I say aged bee...but with God's help I shall provide some good, edifying and fun reading for my young friends out there.