When I started writing, long before I even thought of the possibility of submitting anything to a publisher, I knew I loved the process of writing, but never dreamed that it would open up my life in so many ways. I think all writers would agree!
With the research for each book, came all of the interesting research books I might never have read otherwise. Trips to a gun range, a llama farm, the travel with a rodeo contractor. Learning to explore the vast world that opened up to me, and all other writers, with the advent of the Internet. And the wonderful people! Finding experts in various fields, to more accurately portray a character, has led me to fascinating people who have shared information on their professions and their lives--providing an array of details and emotions, their hopes and dreams. Meeting these people has enriched my own life in many ways.
Do you have a special interest of some kind that you share with your family or closest friends? Has it drawn you closer?