If you ask my mom, she claims I started doodling circles on lined paper at nine months. But she's about the only one who counts that as my start at writing. I have been writing since I was a kid, though. My first stories I actually stole from the Story Club in Anne of Green Gables. I wrote my first novel in high school, but it wasn't until college that I really got serious about my writing. And it's only been the last year or so that I've focused on getting published.
I have no idea. All I know is, I can't stop! I love turning ideas into stories, I love discovering characters and worlds, and my fingers itch to write them down. So I guess it's that love of creation that makes me want to write.
I hate it when the phone rings while I'm writing, even though I usually ignore it. It pulls me out of the story so abruptly. As for food, I don't HAVE to have anything. But a few handfuls of chocolate raisins never goes amiss. :)
I've always, always loved science fiction. And I'm drawn to young adult stories as well. There's something about the combination of the two of those...cool ideas and passionate young people. It just doesn't get much better than that.
I also dabble a little in creative nonfiction. I took a class on it in college, and actually had a few pieces published in college journals. I love the ability to be completely true to my own voice in this genre.
Um...anything? I'm very omnivorous when it comes to reading. I love sci fi and young adult, of course, but I also love memoir, literary fiction, crime fiction, thrillers...like I said, pretty much anything!
Hm, tough one. I do really love Mary Kole's Kidlit site. She gives such amazing, valuable information on both writing and publishing, and she's not afraid to be honest.
I went to my first conference last year: LDS Storymakers. And I LOVED it. The classes and workshops were amazing, with some top notch industry professionals. But my favorite part was the networking. I spent two whole days meeting and making friends with other writers. I also was part of the early morning critique groups, and got some great feedback on my work in addition to some good friends.
I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson. He has a way of pulling you completely into his world and characters so that you believe it's a real place. I also love Dan Wells, and not just because he was the leader of my conference critique group (okay, so maybe that made me a little fan-girl). His two books out are a prime example of incredible characterization-- he took a sociopathic teenager and actually made you care about him. It's amazing.
Usually every day, though I miss occasionally (the joys of being a mom!). I can usually get in between one to three hours a day, depending on how the day goes.