I was inspired to write by two things. The first time I wrote was to create a family recipe book and then some children's books about my dog. They were never published. I started those projects after I found out I couldn't have children. I didn't take writing seriously though until after I read the Twilight series. It was my first YA book and I loved it. I got through Eclipse and had to wait six more months for Breaking Dawn. When I looked up Stephenie Meyer on her website, I learned she was a stay-at-home mom who dreamed about a sparkly vampire and got up and wrote a book about it. I'd recently watched a program about J. K. Rowling and her story was very similar. I thought if those two women could do it, then what was stopping me? I put pen to paper, plotted out a series and began writing. I finished the last chapter of Tiger's Curse the same day Breaking Dawn came out, six months later.