When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the internet. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).
Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked, and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem with that was that I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down, creating short stories, and then I found poetry.
Lots and lots of poetry. It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have. I'd spent hours at the library checking out authors. When I was sixteen, I got a typewriter for my birthday. My friend remembers (I don't) that I exclaimed, "I'm going to write a book someday!" I'm sure she rolled her eyes.
Another one of my hobbies is digital art. I design all my book covers and other art.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think its wonderful that there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it's what I love to do.