The blog Three Guys One Book has a regular feature called "When We Fell in Love," in which writers talk about falling in love with stories. Recently, Jaime Clarke described how his writing career began, when the Hardy Boys joined forces with a teacher who was willing to challenge and mentor him.
sample: "My teacher ... overheard me bragging ... that not only had I
read all of the Hardy Boys mysteries, but that I could probably even
write one if I wanted to."
It always looks easy until you try it yourself, right?