I've been writing since I could hold a pencil. And if I don't write for a while, I get ornery and disagreeable. So I don't really write by choice; it's more of a need. I don't write, though, simply to vent; I write each piece for the reader. I hope that each reader finishes my books not just satisfied, but also intrigued by some new idea or tidbit of information contained within the story.
I didn't start writing books until my second child was born. (Before that, I wrote scripts and articles for clients.) Since then, some 20 years ago, I've publis more...