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Almost any author interview includes some variation of the questions “When did you know you wanted to be a writer,” or “How did you become a writer,” or “When did you start writing.” Really, what everyone wants to know is your superhero origin story. Having a good answer in your back pocket can be helpful in formal interview settings, at author events, or when traveling back home for Thanksgiving. As an example, M. Todd Gallowglas, Writer, Critic, and Educator, shares why he became a writer. He says the first story he ever remembers writing was written for a creative writing assignment in the third grade. He got lost in the assignment and couldn’t stop writing as he built a world filled with goblins, ghosts, and vampires. He started his adventures to save the neighborhood it shocked him that he could create something so exciting out of his imagination. This kickstarted a love for fantasy stories that was fueled by authors such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Listen to his inspiring story in the clip below!
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