Since you've sought me out, here is some background on me, and later I'll tell you a bit more about my writing and how I approach it.
I was born in California in the same year that Tolkein died (which I didn't find out until much later). I've lived in Illinois, Massachusetts, and now New Hampshire, with some wonderful summers in Colorado, and a few visits to Seattle thrown in the mix. After feeling like a misfit through Middle School, and finding a group of peers as geeky as myself in High School, I went off to Rhode Island School of Design with some vague notion of working for Jim Henson or Hollywood making creatures. Finding the program there to be too limiting for my needs, I withdrew and came home to seek my fortune (read: to crash at my folk's house until I figured out what to do with myself). I wound up sewing animal mascot costumes for a rental shop, and free-lance sewing quilt squares and dance outfits. From that, I developed my own business, Curious Characters, creating original design stuffed animals and small-scale metal sculptures.
I finished my first book and promptly had it rejected by Del Rey. I started my second book, which remains unfinished to this day. I was primarily a poet, and self-published a couple of chapbooks, "Doubles or Metaphors" and "The Intimate Toes of Rome". Won a couple of poetry slams, met my husband at a poetry reading and founded a poetry group in Nashua, Poets Unbound, which is still thriving to this day. I sold my first short story for the same amount of money as my first paid poem ($10, a much better rate for poetry than for fiction). I attended the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Workshop, which I highly recommend. Took about four years to write my third book, in fits and starts. I had my daughter in 2001 and feared I would never have time to write again. In response, I wrote faster. Productivity fell off a bit after the second child arrived in 2007. Nonetheless, I have just finished my thirteenth novel.