I was five when I wrote my first short story - it involved a car going over a cliff, Jessica Fletcher and the Phantom Raspberry Blower. It didn't have much of a plot (he did it, she solved it) but it did have rather colourful (crayon) illustrations and it did make me realise that writing was for me.
At 12 I wrote my first novel during the school summer holidays. Loosely based on the Famous Five, with a bit of James Bond thrown in, it was an adventure story and my English teacher made me read some of it out in class. And that's when I realised that I wanted people to hear my stories and read my work.
Over the intervening years, I have written various short stories, plays, poems and novels in different genres, including romance and children’s books.
Please see http://themoonlitdoor.blogspot.co.uk/p/buy-my-anthologies.html for the full list of books, anthologies, and magazines in which my stories have been featured.
I promise I’m better at plots now, and I use my own characters, but the excitement, fun and just a little wonder are still there. My crayon skills have not improved.