I am a woman born and raised in the great state of Texas. I grew up in a family of readers, writers, teachers…people with a love for the written word. There was no such thing as a “banned book” in our house nor an empty bookcase. I have kept a journal for years and taught this discipline to others. I work in a bookshop where I spend much of my paycheck and my bookshelves at home have been outgrown more than once. This is about my journey past, present, and ongoing.