My name is T. K. Laverents, and I welcome you to my fictional world! Although I love reading and writing, it wasn't always like that. As a kid, I didn't see the point in all the work required to read a book when you could just switch on the TV and sit back. Then my 8th grade English teacher made us do an oral book report. That posed a problem for me, of course, since I didn't read one. But in an effort to avoid flunking the class and likely repeating the 8th grade, I stood in front of the class and played the game. But which book? I couldn't deliver an effective report on a book I didn't read but others did, so I made up an author, a title, characters, and the story. I was so convincing that everyone wanted to read the book. Naturally, they couldn't because my grandmother loaned it to me, and I'd since returned it, and she lived several states away. (Little did anyone know that I had had no living grandparents since I was six.) I received an A+ on the report, and my entry into high school was secured. I enjoyed telling the story so much that I thought it might be a good idea to read a few of them. I got hooked, and eventually wrote them as well. I am now a high school teacher of English and reading for struggling readers on an American military base in Germany.