Hmm. I'm old compared to most of the authors here. I have a husband, three kids, and a wildly busy life! I read the Harry Potter books to see if they were suitable for my kids and fell in love with them...to the utter embarasment of my eldest! :-) But then what else is a mother for?! Actually, she's not too pleased that I'm a life long Lord of the Rings fan now that they're so popular!