I'm a mystery/true crime author and an avid mystery reader. I picked up my first Agatha Christie novel at my local library when I was seventeen years old and was hooked immediately. I'm now a retiree who spent many years writing while hold down a full time "day job." It wasn't alway easy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Hey neighbor, you're just on the next block where the global neighborhood is concerned... I'm in Springfield... Have you ever done National Novel Writing Month?... I know its sort of hokey, but I love the challenge... Not to mention there's great freedom in writing whatever you want free of editors and outlines... Just don't tell them...LOL.