Author has written 2 stories for Civilization Series, and Lord of the Rings.
I must admit that I could not really describe myself even as a part-time author, despite having ample time to work at my stories - I have the problem of over-planning, where I can never get a storyline sorted enough to put on the page. My primary influences are science-fiction and fantasy; David Eddings, Michael A. Stackpole, Peter F. Hamilton, Raymond E. Feist, Aaron Allston, Douglas Adams - just to name a few. I'm adicted to listening to music, which blunts the writing-streak significantly, as does the tendency to get sidetracked by re-reading favorite books or fooling around on my computer, but them's the brakes.
Working full time now as a programmer, so sitting at a computer and thinking is part of the day job now - when I get home and sit in front of the screen I tend to want to blob a bit too much. As such, projects are very slow in progression, and inspiration has been sparse.