It's hard work. If you are really serious about being a writer, you need to put your fanny in the chair and write on a regular basis.
If you have a big family like mine, sometimes it's difficult because I enjoy being with my family--and writing is a solitary task.
In my case, I do not make the amount of money that really pays for the time I spend writing and doing research.
When a new book comes out, a lot of time--and money--needs to be spent on promotion.
I love writing--the creation of a new world and the characters in it. I love seeing what's going to happen to these people I've grown to love (or in some cases, hate.)
Having friends with lots of other writers--some have become best friends.
Making friends with lot of readers--again some have become best friends.
The opportunity to talk about my books to interested audiences.
Attending mystery conferences where I'm able to see my writing and reading friends.
And of course, I have a new book out that I'm busily promoting, Tangled Webs, #15 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
Blurb: Too many people are telling lies: The husband of the murder victim and his secretary, the victim’s boss and co-workers in the day care center, her stalker, and Detective Milligan’s daughter.