2) How long have you been actively writing?
I've been writing since I was in my late teens, though interested since I was ten years old. I think my first story that was not a school project was a fanfiction based on Star Trek;The Original Series. It was awful, of course.
3) Do you currently write as a profession? Part-time, yes. I'm am at a place where I make a little money so I can call myself a professional writer, yet not earning enough to do only writing and nothing else. Mortgages don't wait.
4) If so, what titles have you put out and where can we find them? My first novel is a fantasy-adventure called Quest and can be ordered via LULU or Amazon.com. It's available as a download, soft-cover or hard-cover.
5) Who is your inspiration? Iwould have to say a writer named Joanna Greenburg who penned I Never Promised You a Rosegarden, In This Sign and others with which I'm not as familiar. Her style is one of the most powerful I have ever encountered. It actually left me reeling.
6) Who's writing style does your work most resemble? I'd like to say Joanna Greenburg, but in truth (at least in my non-fantasy works), I think it more resembles Cormac MacCarthy. Another one who leaves me reeling.
12) Are you an avid reader? Big time. I read everything. From comic books to religious texts, to dictionarys and encyclopedias, to cereal boxes and science digests. I think if I had limited my reading to only one or two genre's, I would not have learned the craft as well as I would have wanted to.
18) Do you write in the third person POV? And why? I think first person can, at times, be limiting in that the reader is forced to view all things from one POV. Third person, on the other hand, allows the reader to explore the whole world and the thought-processes of all the characters. Third-person POV allows the reader to become the "ghost in the corner" so-to-speak; the one standing silently by as all the events unfold around him or her. In this way, the reader almost becomes part of the story itself.
19) Should a sentence EVER start with "but" or "and" ? Well, Daniel Steele's made millions doing just that. Not that proper grammar 'ought to be left behind, but I believe the English language has room to allow the stretching of the rules (or shortening them for that matter), for a writer's personal flavor or vision. Writing has vision, just as visual art does, it simply paints it inside other people's heads.
20) If you couldn't ever write again, what would you be doing? Trying to find a way.
23) Have you used "Writing Software"? What do you think about such computer aided programs? I think all stories should begin with ink and paper and written anywhere, anytime an idea strikes you. Ink is my first standard. I have boxes of notes, all inked on notes, napkins, cardboard - anything at hand. Once I have the whole book in my hand, and most of it in my hand, then I turn to the computer.