I began my writing career thirty years ago, when my children were young – my son was four years old and my daughter was six – by writing children's books.
I read them my stories (before they were illustrated!) and sometimes they'd draw pictures for the book! They loved me to read them the stories over and over.
I initially thought I'd always write picture books, but what happened is that my writing grew up with my kids: I went from writing picture books, to young readers, middle school and YA!