Of course, no one writes all the time, and lots of authors have other careers, even hobbies. But I think Alex Richards may be the only author I know whose preferred leisure activity makes writing books for teenagers seem pretty sensible. You see, Alex makes amateur zombie movies in New York City with several friends under the banner of Potato Riot Films. And I think you should all watch a couple. (The Seance features Alex in two roles and she gets strangled, but The Experiment and its sequel really show her emotional range. And she gets strangled.)
Warning: "Amateur" does not mean they don't have fairly gruesome brain-eating special effects.