I come from a family who loves the written word. My parents were avid readers and crossword puzzle (and Scrabble) enthusiasts. Mom wrote young adult novels, my brother Dave Lloyd, writes several well-researched western historical series.
I am a professional artist much like the female amateur detective, Jessie O'Bourne, in my novels. I send paintings to national exhibitions, teach the occasional workshop, pet (and often argue with) the cat, but so far have not had the occasion to solve a murder. You can check out the art at maryanncherry.com
Hey, my personal approach to writing is first trying to find a spare minute to jot some ideas down, then flesh them out in the middle of the night- forget the idea - find it again, etc... I am the queen of sporadic writing but love every minute of it. It's like painting with words.