It was a Saturday afternoon when Jeannie Ruesch gave up the illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader (after seeing the made for tv movie) and decided that pen ...or rather, pencil and collegiate-lined paper were the path for her. She was six.
Yes, that makes her one of those annoying authors who says "I came out of the womb asking for a pencil to write down the description of it." (I know, eww.)
She continued to annoy those closest to her with a singular focus all through her childhood years -- to be a writer. She spent so much more time in her 7th grade English classes working on writing the Great American Teenage Novel her teacher finally just gave up. She told numerous people in her high school journalism class that she would one day be an author.