Nicholas,
I always enjoy reading what you write. As a retired teacher, your words brought back memories of the importance of every word uttered by a teacher and how they can influence a person’s life. Thank goodness, you didn’t stop. Teachers play a significant role in a child’s development; hence they should be cautious when making any remark to an impressionable young person.
Runaway Smile and your other books are outstanding.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Except for writing, I also love music (from a school performance. I am the ugly duckling in circle. I practically grew up wearing turtlenecks. My friend Dimitris Fousekis once wondered if I even had a neck, as he “had never seen it”)

Ever since I remember myself, I have enjoyed writing. At school, many of my classmates dreaded essay-writing, whereas I could count on my essays to be read in class. So, when I finished highschool, I figured I’d try writing for a living.

Expecting words of praise, I showed one of my short stories to a career councilor who was a family friend. Instead of the expected thumbs-up, she told me in no uncertain terms that I had no future in writing, and I had best focus my energy on a “proper” career.

So, I became an engineer, then an architect, then a web developer.

In 2009, I decided to…

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