Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: I penned it all. Nothing wrong with that--except I happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, my former pastor took me aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."
So that's what I did. I'm now a N.Y. Times bestselling author with more than 25 novels to my credit--not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask me to diagram a sentence.