"The written word has always been my solace. A place that I could bear my pain, anxiety, and many times my secrets. Why I write is tantamount to asking why one breathes. Writing is as much a part of my being as my hands, feet, heart or lungs. I don’t know where I’d find myself without the characters I’ve imagined and lived through. I’ve never been far removed from the words, and they’ve never been far removed from me."