Writing became a hobby/pastime for me just a few years ago. I worked in the restaurant business for most of my adult life and due to the work hours I rarely had time to write. I had notes and ideas for my book but didn't really get to work on it until I made a career change into automotive sales, which allowed me some time for creativity. I work full time at an Audi-Porsche dealership and write on the side. The automotive business gives me some good material, though most of it wouldn't work in a young reader fiction, and riding around in the world's finest vehicles sure beats the heck out of spending 12 hours per day in a hot kitchen.
My wife, daughter, Tigger, Roo (our two dogs) and I live just outside of Birmingham Alabama. The "Steel City" has some great rolling wooded hills as it sits at the tail end of the Appalachian Mountains and I get out on my mountain bike as often as I can to commune with nature and clear my head.