As long as I can remember, fantasy has been deeply rooted in me. I was always the weirdo with the wild imagination, but I was often exposed to fantasy during my childhood with Willow, LOTR cartoons, and a few others that I can't recall. My father was always into the star wars trilogy so I have a mutual respect for sci-fi as well.
The sad part about writing fantasy now is that there is no one with whom I can relate to with it so I'm always looking for someone on my level of thinking. I don't just write it because it helps me escape reality, but because anything fantastical from creatures to settings have some truth in them. They all came from somewhere and not always just someone's imaginations. No one can disprove what is or was real just becuase they hold a degree in some science field.
I started writing my fantasy about six years ago, and since then my writing skills have vastly improved. I have pages and pages of history of the worlds I created and no one can tell me it's anything wrong with creating new worlds this way. I love to do it. In some cases, my most recent story especially, I have a timeline I started working on where works from some failed story ideas were implemented successfully into the history of the world I was creating. In most cases, it felt as though I was always writing the history of this new world I'm creating.
I don't just write fantasy just because it's a genre I love, but because it allows me to tell stories with soul in them. A lot of my failed stories fell to the wayside because I noticed their lack of soul and relevance. But if I ever return to rewrite them as part of the history of The Peace Dragon, The Three Tribes, or Inzpuk, they will have soul. I know it.
I firmly believe that my writing can strike cords with people on a spiritual level because I put my characters in tough situations. I completely flesh out their life story and not just focus on their current objective. I think that their history and history as a whole play a huge part in their motives. Also, their is also mention of a God-like figure that is never actually described in any way. My characters aren't just on a quest.