How did you know you wanted to become a writer? Why did you choose to become a writer?
I've always been an avid reader from a young age (as Damon Knight said, I was the kid in the library with a pile of books taller than me). I dabbled a bit in writing when I was 10 or so. It was an illustrated story about cat-people and the space emperor that proved two things to me: 1. don't do cat people, and 2. whatever else might be my strong suit, illustration wasn't it!
I didn't really get serious about it until I got to be a bored teenager in London; at which point I started reading "how to" books and slowly being inducted into the internet writing community--though I didn't get serious about it until 2004, and didn't get to cons until 2007.
You've said that The Weight of a Blessing is "one of those stories that took me a long time to write? Are you a fast writer? Tell us about your process.