R. Ellen Ferare has held a wide variety of jobs, but only two have lasted over the decades. One comes with an irrevocable clause of permanent employment. Those who have kids know what job that is. The other is writing, which is her way of restoring balance and poverty to life when she wearies of a regular paycheck.
She lives in California, a few miles from the San Andreas Fault. On the inland side. Which means someday her house will be beachfront property.
What she does in her spare time is... computer gaming. A lot. This is probably a carryover from her days as a Silicon Valley programmer. She and her daughters own every console there is (yes, even a Dreamcast), but in her opinion the best gaming platform is the PC. This may have something to do with the fact that she can switch between work and play without leaving her desk...
Daughters. Yep, she has three of them. A husband, too. And a dog. And an ancient guinea pig which has far exceeded its life expectancy.