Friday, September 18, 2009

Why I Read What I Do

I thought a good first post on this blog would be to explain why I read the books I do. When I was a kid I read everything I could get my hands on. Along the way I started reading Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe, then later Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In high school I read my first science fiction book by Arthur C. Clarke. After that I devoured every science fiction book in our small town library it was time for college. I discovered J.R. Tolkien and the world of fantasy. As with all of us, life interfered, I survived an emotional abusive relationship, and finally met my soul mate ten years after college.

I'm almost 50 now, and still discovering new books and new ways to express myself through writing. Last year I picked up a book series called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I'm sure you've heard of it:) This was years after I had fallen in love with Angel and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so Edward was a little tame for my tastes. Still, the books lead me to discover Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. You'd think there wouldn't be a genre I hadn't explored after reading for as long as I have, wouldn't you?

I'm rambling a bit to get to my point. I don't like reading about "real life". I had enough drama in the first 28 years of my life. I see enough real violence in the world around me. I want to read about bigger than life characters who can kick butt, rescue friends and family, and do extraordinary things. I love books where the characters are sexy, sarcastic and never predictable.

This blog is also a place for me to gather my favorite author websites and blogs in one place to make it easy for me to keep undated on what they are up to. I may even chat about my writing adventures. I've written non-fiction for a long, long time and switching to fiction is a little frightening to say the least. Thanks for stopping by!