When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a professional writer the day I got my first paycheck, which wasn't much. It was a 25 dollar check from the local paper, The Alpharetta Revue, for a stringer job, but it was money I got paid for writing. It could have been a million dollars and I couldn't have felt prouder.
The day I got my first paying work for comics and for fiction, however... Well, after that, my self-confidence slid the slippery slope toward ego, and I have never turned back.