I have been a writer my whole life in some form or another. As a young teenager I poured my heart and soul into poetry to help mend my broken heart, or to express myself differently than others when asked to write book reports, I would submit the reports in rhyme, which in turn I received a couple of A+'s! I was first introduced to poetry as a young child from a very old poetry book from my grandmother's book shelf. The book was originally given to my mother for Christmas in 1947 from my Aunt Yvonne and Uncle Dal, (both are still living, Uncle Dal will be 100 next year 2012!) The book Poems for the Children's Hour compiled by Josephine Bouton: Poems for the Children's Hour : 526 Poems By Many Famous Authors One of my favorites the first poem in the book is written by Robert Louis Stevenson A CHILD`S GARDEN OF VERSES Time to Rise and it goes like this: "A birdie with a yellow bill Hopped upon the window sill, Cocked his shining eyes and said: 'Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head!'" Which most likely inspired my first poem written at age 10. "I like the way the birds sing, the way they always do their thing, sometimes when they're sitting in the tree I can hear them say, 'let's go sit on her knee'. But of course this is all in my head, for I always think of this in bed, I go to sleep and dream all night about all the birds who are curled up tight". Another favorite Best Stories From the Best Book by James Edson White given to my grandmother in 1920. Just opening the book now takes me right back to grandma's house in the 1960's where I loved to read these lovely old books from the 1920's, 30's and '40's. My mother noticed my love for reading and subscribed me to the Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) I spent hours and hours reading these books. As I grew up I didn't write so much poetry, instead I became a Radio and TV sales executive which required me to write TV and Radio commercials for many clients. I enjoyed this for 25 years never taking the time to write any more poetry or short stories. When my husband Peter John Lucking author and illustrator of the 2011 INDIE Excellence Holiday Book Winner Santa and The Little Teddy Bear: Bilbos Adventures Santa and The Little Teddy Bear 2011 INDIE Holiday Book Winner asked me to write our 3rd book Bilbo's Adventures: A Christmas Wish! in rhyme targeting children 3-9 years old I was honored and thrilled. It was great fun condensing the 101 page original book into a 64 page rhyming paperback set to the beautiful illustrations by Peter John Lucking. One can only imagine how thrilled I was when one of our very first reviews compared me to the likes of Dr. Seuss! Have a book in you, just let your imagination soar and start writing!