I have been writing something or another since I was an adolescent. I remember the first poem I wrote was about the Vietnam war, using the American flag to symbolize blue eyed young men, the white of their spirit, the blood they shed. I received praise and awe from my family, and that set the tone. I would write many poems throughout the years, untill my first novella, when I was about 20. An embarrassingly autobiographical story that I'd cringe to read today.
In college I wrote a novel with Evie, for a 12-credit independent study. That was a lot of fun. Also very autobiographical, though.
My last novel (finished last year) actually began in the 80's. I'm proud of that one.
Writing has been my salvation over the years, keeping tomes of journals, saying what I could not say aloud.