When my children were small, so full of joy and curiosity, I began to write about their daily adventures. This led me to write "homegrown treasures", a syndicated column that won three Best Local Columnist awards from the California Newspaper Association. Even better than the awards was that people related to my column. They came up to me and said, "I loved your column this week. I know just what you mean!" It made me happy to know that families read my column together and that both children and adults enjoyed it. I still believe that the very best writing and the very best literature are for all ages.
Writing a weekly column for ten years was a lot of work! It was also scary! I had to come up with a new idea every week. On many days, I would sit before an empty page with an empty head! But that experience taught me a lot about writing and a lot about discipline. Later, I started to write for children's magazines, but my dream was to someday write a real book like the ones I loved to read as a child.
As I worked on that first book, the character Little Four taught me about having a dream and taking action to reach your dream. Finally, my book, Heart of a Tiger was born, with more to follow.
When I was growing up, my father always called me "a little dreamer". I didn't like being called a "dreamer" then, but now I don't mind. I believe the world is nourished by the positive visions of dreamers.