Stephanie L. Weippert
Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
My writing began with a slug. Let me explain.
Several years ago, a local sci-fi convention sent out a call for short stories for an anthology, and since their mascot was a slug, every story had to have a slug, either as an important character, or an important plot element. The idea tickled my funny bone, so I wrote my first story to send out for approval. It wasn't accepted of course, but the writing bug bit and with the help of my tolerant, wonderful husband, I've been writing ever since.