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My first book was published in December of 1988, and since then I've been deeply engrossed in the writing game. While I've gone through dry spells where I can't write a word that makes sense and every idea ends up in the trash can, for the most part I'm usually working on a viable story.
I honestly believe that anyone with a reasonable grasp of language and grammar can write a book – if they're self-disciplined enough to put in the time and effort that writing demands. Starting a book is easy; staying with it until it is finished is the part that stops many would-be authors. I believe I had an advantage that a lot of people do not have. As a former accountant, I was used to working alone and completing long projects. Oddly enough, the same principles apply to writing.
Plus, of course, you have to love it. My first attempts to write fiction were so bad they were comical, but I still fell in love with writing. I had written hundreds of business letters before that, but never a word of fiction, and there, all of a sudden, was a whole new world for me to explore.
I've had a great time since selling my first novel and many subsequent books, and am looking forward to many more good times ahead!
Sleepless in Seattle