What genre is your work mainly, do you stay in the same vein or are you hoping to(if not already) to explore new ventures?
Well, I do a lot of research to make sure that everything that happens in the books is at least somewhat plausible. That way, when crazy events do occur, there's a solid foundation for them to stand on. I take inspiration from everything and everyone around me, so yes, definitely some of the characters and events are based on people in my own life. I don't think I could stop myself from doing that if I tried! =)
I let the story take the wheel! ;) I don't ever outline or plot in advance. I feel like some stories are just floating out there in the universe, waiting to be told. If you relax your mind and let them come to you, they will.
Favorite genre to both read and write is urban fantasy. Strong female leads, sexy alpha males, vampires, werewolves, action, action, action. What more could you ask for?
The first book I ever published was "Hell Inc." and I was really excited about it because I'd started it when I was fifteen years old and while the new version had absolutely zero in common with the original, it was an idea I'd carried for almost a decade. To see it hit its finale was priceless. As far as how long it takes me to write a book, it varies depending on the length of the book, the research involved, intensity of emotions, etc. I've been known to take a few years to a week depending on the story.