I had to write a paper on The Awakening. My college professor told me he had never thought about what happened in that story the way I presented it. I think that was my first thought about writing, but I didn't attempt it until some time later. I had told my mother and my sister about wanting to and they encouraged me to go for it. I began taking an online class from the Long Ridge Writers Group. I was able to work one on one with a published author. This class was about either writing short stories or articles. I chose short stories because it is fiction and I'd rather make them up. I had to write one article for the class though, and it was later published in the Georgia Magazine. Upon completion of that class, my teacher recommended that I take a course from their sister school, the Institute of Children's Literature. Once again I got to work with a published author. This course was on writing a novel. I used one of my short stories as the basis for my novel. That is how I Am Joshua was born.