I come from a family of writers: Dad was a newspaperman and wrote books about aviation, Aunt/Uncle wrote westerns and detective stories, Mom wrote a couple of B-monster-movie scripts.
As for me, I wrote my first fiction at age twelve: a gripping action-adventure mystery about a little girl who loses her doll. (The bad guy took it.)
It took another twelve years to write a mystery that sold.
My first professional work was for magazines: mystery/thriller short stories and outdoorsy nonfiction articles. I then took a detour into textbook writing and learned how to turn research into a story. I'm author of a US history text and have contributed to texts in the sciences, including earth science. My next detour was into tech-writing for the Silicon Valley computer industry. My techie experience hatched an idea that became my first novel, about an attempt to sabotage the nation's telephone system (INTERRUPT, published by TOR Books).
My path twisted once more--mixing mystery with outdoor adventure--into the world of forensic geology. BADWATER is the first book in The Forensic Geology Series. The second, VOLCANO WATCH, is coming soon.