Collection: Norma Beishir
Norma Beishir can't remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer (okay, there was that brief period, age six through nine, when she wanted to be a jockey....). Once she was bitten by the bug, she didn't want to do anything but write. She got in trouble in class on a regular basis for writing when she should have been doing classwork--or paying attention to her teachers.
At sixteen, she naively sent a handwritten manuscript to a major publisher. She actually got a response. An editor had taken the time to read her manuscript and respond, writing that she had talent but wasn't yet ready for publication. She sold her first novel fifteen years later and has been writing ever since.