About 17 years ago, the former publisher of the Empire-Tribune, Jim Stevenson, asked if I would be interested in writing a weekly column that would publish in Sunday's Lifestyle's section.
I was hesitant at first, but agreed to write a couple and send them to him to review.
To my astonishment, he loved the columns and hired me on the spot, spurring a 17-year love affair with writing.
At the time, I wrote about life as a stay-at-home mom raising three kids, and never imagined the column would lead to a career in journalism.
Although I love writing news and feature stories, I still have a special place in my heart for columns and those who write them.
I'm a firm believer that our role as a community newspaper is to be a voice for those who live and work here, and I don't think there is anything more interesting than hearing from our neighbors.
That's why I put together a group of community columnists many years ago.
That group has changed over the years and now we are looking to add a few more faces to our weekly publications.
If you enjoy writing and want to share your talent with our readers, now is your chance.
We are searching for a handful of Erath County residents willing to write a monthly column on anything of interest.
If you find the idea of having your own column appealing, drop me an email with a writing sample and phone number and I will get back with you ASAP.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter. She can be reached at email@example.com.