I have read all the wonderful posts by fellow Smack Dab in the Middle authors about why they write middle-grade fiction and wondered what I might add that hadn't already been said so well. So here I offer the simplest of reasons as to why I write for this age group.
When I was in the third grade I found myself searching the shelves of my school library--it was hard to find a book I hadn't already read. This is where I discovered new places, adventures, stories, and new worlds that allowed me to dream, to hope, to imagine. This place of discovery and imagination is why I write middle-grade fiction. It reflects such a wondrous time of possibilities, a time when we still believe in magic.
And that, to me, is what story is all about!