Writers are readers. Actually, we begin as readers and become writers when we tell ourselves, “I can write a better book than this.” Thus begins the writer’s journey. We put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard and a manuscript is born. After much frustration, a published book is for sale and someone is reading your novel. Maybe they begin making the same comment.
I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I had dozens of thin hard-back children’s books, my favorite being “Poppyseed, the Firehouse Dog.” In Junior High I absorbed anything written by Jules Verne. In high school I became a romantic and read every Barbara Cartland novel I could find.The Bronte sisters and Jane Austin held a special place in my heart as well. To escape in a book was one of life’s greatest joys. I used to make lists of the books I read and compare my year-by-year tally. Always trying to beat the previous year’s numbers, I’d read more.
To say that I was a bit of a nerd is an understatement.
As an adult I ventured into self-help books. I loved Helen Gurley Brown, maybe because I felt like a “mouseburger.” I also read anything by Dr.Joyce Brothers. Fiction was not forsaken. I relished James Michener and Arthur Haley for their storytelling and the knowledge I gleaned from their research and prose. I had a penchant for historian David McCullough. I enjoyed early Danielle Steel. Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips introduced me to romance.
Lately, I have read romance novels penned by fellow Crimson Romance novelists and love them. I also love reading books written by friends and family.
I am a firm believer that reading not only broadens one’s horizon’s but makes one a better writer. Books are educational and inspirational.
I intend to keep reading for as long as I breathe!
Who are your favorite authors?