Hello: i live in kentucky, i spent 1989 - 1996 writing fiction. i had one short story published in 1992. for whatever reason, i lost inspiration/drive for writing in 1996 when i changed jobs. i recently have got myself cranked up again and i'm well into the rough draft of a "police procedural" novel. iv'e read alot of those type books over the years, there always seems to be a market for them and you can explore the human condition just as deeply in those as in any other form of literature. also, police procedurals are fun! both to read and to write. my favorite writers working today are Cormac McCarthy, John Sanford, Neil Gaiman, IDk, probably alot of others i can't think of right now. i don't read as much fiction as i used to, i used to read 2 or 3 novels a week, but i haven't read more than 8 or 10 novels a year the past few years. but i read alot of non-fiction. i have read fairly extensively about the holocaust and the history of Germany from WW1 thru WW2. i also am deeply involved in reading and studying the Bible. when i was a kid, i read all of Poe, HP Lovecraft, alot of Ray Bradbury, and tons of science fiction and fantasy. my favorite novel of all time is "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy.