In November 2008 I wrote my first Nanowrimo novel. (Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, a reason to write a 50 000 word novel in a month. There’s no prize or particular recognition, just the knowledge that you’ve done the thing and ‘won.’) I don’t remember how I found about it, but it was timely. I wrote a lot as a kid and continued into young adulthood, but other matters (ie my children) pushed it aside. By 2008, the kids were in school full-time and I had the time and mental space and had gone back to writing, more seriously this time.