How It All Started

I've always been interested in writing--at least, as long as I remember--having been entered in the Young Authors competitions and such when I was in elementary school and usually doing well. I still recall my first story submitted, "When Benny Saved The Day," a blatant ripoff of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons, but it was still enjoyed by others. Whenever the class assignment was to write a story, mine was always considered beyond creative. Even though people barely read my writing today (likely because it's all so long), I'm still usually told it's good. It just seemed like I was destined to write from an early age.

Writing was nothing more than a now-and-then hobby for me, though, until age eleven. Not long before this, my mother and I had seen a cartoon commercial for a brand of dog food called "King Kuts," featuring dancing dogs in ancient Egyptian attire. We found it quite funny...but it also piqued my interest, and I started creating characters as friends for this "King Kuts" and drawing pictures of them, as well as looking into Egyptian mythology and learning about their animal-headed gods, with whom I instantly fell in love. I would pretend to be these characters and have all sorts of fun, even drawing the occasional friend into my web. Many of the kids at school thought I was strange, but back then I was just naive enough not to care.

This all came to a head when, at eleven years old, I was in the kitchen pestering my father, who was trying to cook. Finally, in frustration he exclaimed, "Why don't you go write a story?" I promptly left the room, got a writing tablet, and sat down to write. After a while I returned to the kitchen to show the results to my dad. He saw the half-filled tablet and said in surprise, "I told you to write a STORY, not a NOVEL!"

That story was the start of my "King Kuts" series, a very horribly written, terribly anachronistic series set in ancient Egypt and featuring talking animals...but it's what led to me writing the much better fantasy serials, occult/drama novels, and numerous short stories and novellas (many still based on Egyptian mythology) that I write today.

Yeah, I still have talking animals. But I'm usually discreet enough to make readers think they're humans, now. Just so I don't get too many funny looks. And the Internet has taught me that I'm not the only one to write about talking animals in a serious manner.

You can thank (or blame) a random dog food commercial for the hundreds of thousands of words and the hundreds of chapters I've produced--and plan to produce--to this day.


tehuti88 tehuti88
31-35, F
1 Response Jul 5, 2007

what a fantastic story, thanks for sharing your beginnings as a writer.