I'm not your "normal" writer. I didn't aspire from a young age to become an author. But my last day of high school, my English teacher said, "There is a book in each of you. It might be a how-to, non-fiction, fiction...Whatever it is, find that book." I thought she was crazy, I didn't even like to read.
But that quickly changed when I began reading mysteries and romance!
I'm not sure if it was from my teacher's words or just my imagination, but for years a scene played in my mind--like a movie. Finally, one day, I sat and wrote it down. And the floodgates on my imagination opened. Before I knew what a critique partner was, I'd written four books (I use the word "written" very loosely, they needed a tremendous amount of work).
I never planned it, never dreamed about it, never expected to get such joy from it, but writing has become a vital part of my life.