I grew up in Izmir, Turkey, a beautiful Aegean city I will always call home. I played with American and Turkish friends, speaking both English and Turkish throughout the day. This might be hard to imagine, but at that time, there was no television in Turkey. Reading became a favorite pastime. I regularly checked out stacks of books from the library.
Here is my first library card.
My favorite childhood book was THE SECRET GARDEN. Here is my treasured copy along with a book report I wrote in fifth grade.
It was only natural that my love of reading led to my love of writing. These two albums are full of my childhood stories and poems. My mother wisely saved them and surprised me with these scrapbooks after I was married, reading and writing stories with my own children.