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On Determination

I wrote my first story by accident.  Junior year in high school, my English teacher assigned an essay about A TALE OF TWO CITIES.  And I had nothing. I mean, total and complete blank. I loved the book --- to this day, it remains one of my favorites --- but all I kept thinking about was the voice of one cold and hungry and very brave teenage girl who wasn’t even in the book. A girl who felt much braver than me and in whose skin I wanted to live for a little while.