I've been a writer for over 50 years -- my first book was published by G.P. Putnam's when I was 17 years old. I love it, and there have been times when I've hated it, too. These days, the whole process has mellowed out and there's more joy than despair. I'd say the thing I like about being a writer most is that I can do it anywhere as I travel -- I'm in Sardinia at the moment working on the third book of "The Torch Singer" trilogy. Also, I'm going to be 69 this year and I plan to keep writing until I'm 90 . . . as a writer, you don't have to retire, not ever!