In college I was a political science major with an emphasis on political philosophy. After graduation I took the test for Law School, but before I applied, I talked with people who were lawyers or in law school. Talking with them, I realized that I didn't want to be a lawyer.
I ran a political campaign and, even though we won, I realized I didn't want to run political campaigns.
I began working with adults with developmental disabilities and children with autism and ended up doing that for over ten years. I also became a dad and got to spend a lot of time at home with my daughter. All of this was excellent preparation for writing for children and going into schools.
I still love my politics and enjoy following the law. I still go back to the political philosophers who influenced the way I see the world. But I'm a writer and I love going into schools to talk with students about writing. I can't imagine doing anything else now.