I fell in love with writing in 6th grade, with an assignment to write poems in the Japanese haiku style. I was fascinated by the rules of the form, and by the simple, emotionally charged poems we studied and wrote. I went on to become a journalist, then a writer for stage, TV and video. But I’d always dreamt of writing a book. In 2008, I started on a memoir about a period in 1979 when I was a patient in the mental health system. Seven years later, My Fluorescent God was published. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Bob Nelson called it: “Riveting. All of the tension, anguish, frustration is brought to life on the page, as well as the moments of hopefulness, humor and eventual triumph.” My Fluorescent God on Amazon.