Or do you? It's not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is what it is. Some of this you might already know. In no particular order:
1) When I was a kid, I wanted to be a STAR! Yup, I did. I don't know why, really. Does anyone? I wasn't particularly neglected but I was the youngest of three. Maybe I just wanted to stand out. I joined the school choir the first chance I was able (fourth grade) and worked on getting solos--which I did. All through school and even into college, I wanted to perform but really had no idea how to go about doing that as a job in the real world. When I did finally do some real world auditions I was smacked down to earth with the utter callousness of the whole process. I decided that I did NOT want to spend my life being talked about right in front of me and not in the most flattering of ways. Which led to...
2) I was a graphic artist. Ever since I could pick up a crayon I was drawing. Drawing stories, as a matter of fact. But drawing. Self taught. I used to check out books from the library on Da Vinci and Michelangelo and copy their work. Little did I know this is how you start. I could never get into art classes in high school (and anyway I was too concentrated on theatre arts) but, for fun, I was designing typefaces and teaching myself calligraphy because I found illuminated manuscripts intriguing. I switched to being an art major in college when I had my acting epiphany. All that stuff I did "for fun" paid off big time. Did graphic design in Los Angeles for about fifteen years. Before computers, mind you. I'd probably still be doing it if I coud have afforded a computer and classes on how to use one all those years ago.
3) I used to build birdhouses and paint trompe l'oeil things like high chairs to suppliment my income when I became a mom and would-be author. I sold the birdhouses in a winery I was working at and advertised my high chairs in baby magazines. Somewhere out there, people have got this stuff with my signature on the bottom.
4) I finished my first novel when I was sixteen, written out in longhand on yellow ruled paper. Over 400 pages. It was a fantasy epic on the order of a Tolkien opus. It's not bad, but not worth seeing the light of day. I did this just for fun. I had no aspirations to become an author. I wrote three full novels before I decided to give it a go (still in long hand), and wrote a total of fifteen novels before I was finally offered a book contract. To date, all told, I have written 27 novels. Right now, of those 27, 10 are published, soon 11. (I also write as Haley Walsh.)
5) At one time, my hair was burgundy. I never took myself all that seriously. And my hair--naturally curly and wavy--was always too much for me and my lazy ways. Though I grew it out in high school, I soon cut it short and it's sort of been that way ever since. I stopped dying it some years ago. I love my grey hair!
6) The first cat I ever had (as an adult) lived to be 20. In the interrum, we had a pair of parakeets (sisters, one white, one yellow we called Egg Yolk and Egg White), a minah bird named Ernie, a crow named Phil, a German lop-earred rabbit named Gomez, two tarantulas, two desert tortoises (one died as a "child", the other is going strong at 16), and now two cats, aged 8 and 9.
7) I have one son, a struggling screenwriter. (Someone buy his scripts!)
8) My first piece of fiction was published in a magazine in 1997. I was paid in magazine copies. The magazine soon went out of business (not my fault!)
9) One of my first jobs was working as a Mutual of Omaha flight insurance agent at LAX.
10) I used to have buck teeth. Thank you, braces!