Fans often ask me what I do in my free time, what my hobbies are. The
answer is simple: I don't have any free time. My husband is a professional
bass tournament fisherman, so we travel a lot to some very unglamorous
locations. We have packing down to a science. Unfortunately, we're on the
road so much that when we're home, all the things that have been put off
while we were gone have to be taken care of in clumps. You know the drill:
dentist appointments, business meetings, family things. Both my husband and
I come from large families, and almost everyone lives in the same county, so
you can see where it gets complicated. There are five living generations in
my husband's family (we've attended the funerals of so many aunts and uncles
that my editor asked me in some bewilderment just how many we had left).
The answer is: five on my side of the family, six on my husband's side.
I do read a lot. Reading is one of my greatest joys, and I read every genre
except horror, which gives me nightmares. My imagination is active enough
without outside help, thank you very much. But I read while I'm doing other
things: waiting at traffic lights, cooking, sitting in waiting rooms, etc.
An unbroken stretch where I can simply read is a luxury. A lot of what I
read is for research, which I love. The best part of writing a book is
doing the research. The things I've found out . . .
We raise some cattle, which require a lot of work, but that's my husband's
job unless they all escape, which happens every so often. Then roundup is
required, and I pitch in. Cows are not the smartest creatures, and they
stink. Like I said, taking care of them is my husband's job. He's been
kicked, knocked down, and butted, but for some reason he enjoys raising and
selling them. Cattle, however, are not my thing. Did I mention they stink?
Half of my life can be summed up in one phrase: have laptop, will travel.
The other half is wrapped up in family. Not a bad life at all.