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The first thing I ever wrote that received any notice was a one page story for my third grade English teacher. I don't recall what the assignment was, but I somehow found myself writing about a woman at a dinner party who suddenly realizes her teeth are invisible. She sits there, wedged between two chattering guests, wondering how she will eat, how she will talk, and generally how she will get out of the situation without having to open her mouth and reveal her dilemma. My teacher showed the story to my parents with a note to this effect: She could be a writer.

What if her note had instead encouraged me to be a dentist?

But it didn't. And so here I am.

Karen Ellis is a pseudonym of author Katia Lief.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and The Authors Guild.  She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.