I started writing poetry when I was eleven. We moved from a sunny suburb in California to Klamath Falls, Oregon and lived in an old hunter's cabin that my parents bought and remodeled, but they kept a lot of the rustic look of the house. It was rural and wild and beautiful and I loved it. I spent hours and hours outside walking on the paths along the creek and wandering in the woods. I felt like the animals talked to me and I to them. Spending so much time in nature inspired me to think more about plants and animals and the beauty of the world. When I began writing, my love of nature was reflected in my poetry. I pondered about who God was and what my place in the world was as well. I always feel like there is another person, a spiritual person or presence near me when I write. It is a very comforting feeling for me when I write my poetry. Very healing and quiet.