It’s changed my life, that’s for sure. I have more fictional friends than real-life friends, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Writing has given me a better reason to wake up each day. Have my stories touched others? Perhaps. When I first began writing, I learned if the story doesn’t punch you in the gut as an author, it wouldn’t have the same effect on the reader. Most of my characters have made me laugh, cry, and shudder. It’s only reasonable to assume they’ve done the same to others.