From a very young age, writing has touched my life in a deeply meaningful way. I was one of the first people in my class to learn to read and I did it obsessively. When the movie version of “Harriet The Spy” came out, I knew I wanted to be a writer just like her. Well, OK, at the time I wanted to be a spy, but it wasn’t that I wanted to creep on people in my neighborhood. I wanted to do what Michelle Trachtenberg’s character did in the movie — I wanted to write.

I begged my grandma for a composition book just like the one Harriet carried around in the movie. I followed the film’s example and started writing about the things going on around me. I’ve been writing non-stop ever since, and my skill and passion for the craft has only grown from then.

OK — not exactly.

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