I'm a graphic designer and artist turned novelist and writer whose only regret in life is that I didn't start writing books twenty years ago. Then again, I suppose you need to go out and experience life before you can write about it, and I've experienced a lot; the good and the bad.
After writing a series of award-winning children's books, (under a different name), I decided it was time to start writing the kind of books I wanted to write--contemporary romance with believable, three-dimensional characters, inspired by some of my own life experiences, and the stories others have told me.
I often warn my friends to be careful what they say to me because it might end up in my next book. Fictionalized, of course, and with the names changed to protect the guilty.