I am a native Californian who married my High School Sweetheart. We are coming up on being married for 50 years, why she puts up with me is beyond me.
I have been a frustrated writer for most of my working career having to settle for writing white papers and technical training manuals. I have always been an avid watcher of film noir, mysteries and other detective crime fiction as well as science fiction and fantasy.
I read quite a bit which would probably surprise a number of my teachers. I would have been a better reader earlier if Dick and Jane were detectives, or at least a wizard and witch. I grew up on a farm, boring.I have written numerous unpublished short stories and two novels, which shared the same fate, probably for good reason.
I did create a political comic book, which has been self published. To paraphrase some comedian, publishing is easy, making money from it is hard.