I joined the forum a few weeks ago and have been lurking since then. I guess it's time that I introduce myself. I'm a semi-professional author of suspense/noir fiction, which means I regularly sell my suspense stories but I don't make a living at it. I've yet to have a novel published, so that's my current goal. Many years ago I received a BA in English Literature and took a number of graduate level classes in creative writing but never pursued an MFA. I will read any kind of book but prefer well written noir, not unlike the fiction I write. I have grown children as well as a daughter in kindergarten. Now that my little one is in school, I have more time to write and, as I mentioned before, I'm working on the umpteenth draft of a novel as well as continuing to write short stories. So far, I've really enjoyed browsing the forum and I look forward to becoming a contributing member of the community.