I wrote plays, sketches and short stories throughout high school, and even published my own zine, but I never thought of myself as a writer. I was an Actress and a Singer. Outside of school and rehearsals, I spent most of my free time writing, but somehow it never occurred to me that this was unusual, or even significant. Didn't everyone? Wasn't writing kind of like eating or sleeping or bathing?
Finally in college, I wised up, quit theater, and set aside my foolish dreams of becoming a movie star or professional musician. Writing was the only foolish dream for me.
This led to invitations to feature in different venues, doing longer and longer sets, until I felt ready to take on a full solo show. My first show was just me on a stage telling stories, but as the years went on I started adding little things like costumes and set pieces, and then I hired a director, and I realized, shit, I'm doing theater again! It tricked me!
Eventually I stopped resisting, and now I'm primarily writing plays -- the kind I don't have to be in -- though I still love performing, especially at the Encyclopedia Show, which is my favorite show in town.
I can only assume that I will eventually come full circle by writing another novel. And if I do, I promise it will be better than Mystery at the Mall.