I write in Portland, Oregon. I also live there, but that seems like a somewhat secondary activity. As for my upbringing, I was raised by wolves in the wilds of Alaska. Which sounds more exciting than it actually was, believe me.
I am a fan of Story, all kinds in any format, books, movies, games, graphic novels, poems, miscellany found abandoned at bus stops, etc. If I were to be stranded on an island with only one book — well I hope it would be a practical one about surviving on wild plants or weaving blankets out of your own hair or something. But if I were instead stranded in a fully-stocked convenience store after the zombie apocalypse, I would be okay with having a copy of Watership Down by Richard Adams. Because bunnies are awesome.