When I was a kid, I knew that I wanted to write and illustrate books when I grew up.
As I became a teenager, I tried out life as a rock singer and an actor.
In college, I was sure that I was going to end up as an English professor.
After graduating college, I had a bunch of temporary jobs sitting at desks in offices.
I almost made it as an elementary school teacher (too many kids at once), and had a little more success as a private tutor (one kid at a time is just right).
About a year and a half ago, I turned down all of the noise and started writing my first picture book.
I had finally grown up.
(Above) The author conducts imaginary fountains at Disneyland.