LEGO. You wouldn't think it would have much of an influence to a young writer. However, that's exactly what inspired me to write my very first story at the tender age of 12. My brother and sister (then just 3 and 6 respectively) were sitting on the living room floor, playing with a huge pile of LEGO in front of them. I'd looked up at their creation and seen a rather strange looking house staring straight back at me. It was here that I had an idea for a rather silly story about a pair of twins time-travelling to the future.
Of course, my thirst for writing didn't stop there. By the time I'd reached high school, I'd written a few more short stories which have now been lost to the ages. Oddly enough, much of my writing was centred around time-travelling. One story I remember was about a young girl who was accidentally whisked back to the Middle Ages and had to find her way back. When I left high school, I had more ideas flowing through my head than I could put to paper. By the 2000s, I decided to write one of those ideas down which ended up being a three-part novel set in the near future.
I graduated from the University of South Australia in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Studies) and now spend much of my time writing screenplays, stage plays and audio plays. Now, I'm trying to re-train my brain to write like a novelist again as I seems to have lost the ability to write descriptive scenes.