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On Trauma, Writing Books and Healing From the Skeletons in My Closet

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The story of “Matthew ‘Matty’ Smith” was born more than 18 years ago. I was 11-years-old when I wrote the first draft of my young adult thriller novel series, “Elephant,” at Quail Summit Elementary.

It was a mandatory school assignment that my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Burke, assigned my classmates and me. At the time, I hated reading and writing due to an ongoing struggle I had in my earlier elementary school days.

Therefore, to ever become a writer, let alone a storyteller, was out of the question. In the first grade, I attended a Reading Speech Vocabulary Program (RSVP) as I was behind my grade level of reading and writing.

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