I recently had a discussion about this with one of my clients. To answer, I think we have to go back to the beginning or almost to the beginning. It all began when I was twelve years old. I stumbled across a movie called Enchantment. Enchantment was released in 1948 and it starred David Niven and Teresa Wright. If you love a good love story definitely check it out. At twelve I was highly impressionable, and Enchantment engrained in me an understanding of true love, lose, regret, and to pursue love at any cost. This movie made this twelve year old boy cry and sent me on a path I am still on to this day.
At sixteen I wrote my first poem. It was called The Class Ring. Nothing unusual about a sixteen year old male writing a poem, but this poem was written in the voice of a sixteen year old female telling her story. To sum up the poem it is about a young man who gives his girlfriend his class ring to wear. One night he goes out with his friends and dies in a car accident. In the end she returns the ring to him at his funeral. The poem was entered into a poetry contest at Southern Arkansas University and won first place. It was also published in a hardback poetry collection several years later.
I suppose there are many events in our lives that determine our direction. The fact that I will choose a Romance or Romantic Comedy over other genres, or the fact Nicholas Sparks and Eve Corso are still my favorite authors, I believe all goes back to that twelve year old who was enchanted.