Steven is out of town, so I (his office manager) am taking over the Ask the Author post for the day. I won't be answering any of your questions, but I do want to direct you to an article that every aspiring (and published) author should read.
One of the best ways to become an effective writer is to learn through other authors' blunders and gaffes. So here's your chance. Click on the link to the Suspense Magazine article Steven was asked to contribute to called "The Seven (Bad) Habits of Highly Effective Writers." I think you'll find it highly enlightening.
(Permission was granted to link to the article by its author, Anthony J. Franze.)
Steven will return to answer more of your questions after he's past the three book deadlines that have chomped at his heels the past two months.
Until then, Happy Writing!