Freelance writing, editing and the research that comes with that pays the bills and, luckily for me, is often pretty darned interesting. I write mostly about environmental issues. Sewage sludge and its beneficial uses may not sound like your cup of, ahem, tea, but it's all in the way you look at things.
Fiction has always been part of my life. My mum read stories to me every night until I was old enough to read for myself, tucked under the covers with the flashlight. The first thing I can remember writing is a traditional Roses are red poem for my mother when I was about four years old. We had an old manual typewriter and I banged it out on a thin piece of paper. She kept that scrap for years.
Turn-ons: energy efficiency, a great smile, discovery
Turn-offs: working in fake teams, cruelty to spiders, lima beans