6. When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
Hm. This was actually a difficult question for me to answer. My first instinct was to answer "male," because in general, I tend to identify with men more than I do women. But then, I thought about the OCs in my fics (mostly unfinished, unpublished ones, as I have few OCs in my published ones) and looked to see what gender I made them and why. And I think the honest answer to the question is "no."
I seem to select the gender of the character based on how the character feels to me, not because I have a preference for writing one gender or the other. I have one character who is part of a quasi-religious order and who I made female because she felt like a female, and thus the order was then designed to be a female order (the Sisters of Some-Made-Up-Alien-Word-I-Can't-Remember-R
I really don't have any problems writing one gender or the other, and I let the story and characters dictate gender choice. I do wonder sometimes if men in all-male groups behave the way I picture; I really have no idea if two men would have the heartfelt discussion about girlfriends the way Rory and David did in The Actor. (Reminds me of the fact that Jane Austen never wrote any scenes in which a woman could not be present, because she felt that she could not accurately depict such a scene.) But then I figure, maybe men in general wouldn't, but there's always some men who will. It's really not a question of gender, but of personality.