. . . and my work. I am a self-employed working novelist, with 15 books published over the last 25 years, some in German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish.
I live in the Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River, still within 10 miles of my old high school. I have a cat, a finch, two dogs, and three chickens who all seem to want to be in my small office while I'm trying to work (except the chickens, although they'd be thrilled to get into the house if I let them). Getting up to step around them is like maneuvering an obstacle course, but they are my children and so dear to me. My hours are kind of goofy--I'm just not a morning person and tend to be up late when the rest of the world is sleeping--and QUIET. No phones, faxes, distractions. Just the kids and me, candles burning, and the elevator music coming out of my CD player.
Before I made the leap to full-time writer, I spent about 12 years working for consulting civil engineers. Riprap, anyone? How about a nice detention pond?