Why did you decide to become a writer?

Reading has always been my favorite thing to do, and the books I read when I was a child were life-changing. They comforted me; they were escape vehicles; they made my world bigger; they felt like old friends. I love to make up stories almost as much as I love to read them, and I think the best part of being a professional writer is getting to share stories with kids all over the world. I hope the books I write will become like old friends to the readers who find them.