During one of our get-to-know-me sessions, we shared some personal stories. One that really stuck out to Saira was my zoo story. I was shocked. My silly story was interesting? To me, it seemed so ordinary and boring.
"Why don't you make a book? One good way to learn the process is for you to experience it yourself." Saira said.
That stuck out to me. That moment felt surreal. Me? Create a book? A 16-year-old high school student? Questions flooded my mind. Who would want to read something I wrote? I'm not interesting. What would my book even be about? How do I start one? Saira sensed my confusion. She chuckled.
"Your zoo story. The one you told me the other day. That would make a great book for children." She explained.
I was starstruck. I was excited and so nervous. This is something I've always dreamed of and imagined. I never thought it would be a real experience. I get to write my own book! Nervously, I agreed. This was outside of my comfort zone. To be quite honest, I didn't think I had it in me. I was not an english major nor a popular adult author. I was just a normal teenage girl. Now, I'm a teenage girl writing a book. Saying that out loud made my stomach have butterflies.