I think it's genetic, really. My father was 1/4 Eastern Cherokee and I grew up with him telling us stories all the time. Of course, they and a beginning, middle and end, so that really stuck to me ;-). My mother also read to us kids nearly every night from a book from the time I was five years old, onward. I strongly believe in reading to children because it certainly helped pave the way to me wanting to tell stories on paper, later on. I love to tell stories. It comes naturally to me without any special trigger to turn it on. It's just "there." When I write, I have the "movie screen" across my forehead and I can see my characters, where they are at (in color), hear them speaking, feel their emotions. Sometimes, as I've told my editors, I feel more like a scribe than the creator of the story. I sit down and there they are, ready to perform for me and then I have to get it all down in a coherent order!