To really answer this, I would have to tell you the story of my whole life. But here is a short version. I have always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I started to think of it as a talent, or a gift. I think it’s because I was never taken seriously by really anyone in my life. When girls like to read and write, people think it means that they are “nice” or “good”, not that they are smart, intellectual, brilliant…. So I just thought I was a nice girl.
When I went to Spelman College I was around women who were taken seriously, who took themselves seriously, and it was there that I started to ponder the possibility that I may have something to say and that writing was was I was meant to do.