Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Books by their covers

Many of you know that in addition to my blog, I also write other materials.  I interview various individuals for an on-line publication and am nearing the end of my first novel, with a few more waiting in the wings.
Today in this blog, I want to share with you some of my experiences of being a reader rather than a writer.
In grade school, I read every Nancy Drew mystery in the school library, and then moved on to the Hardy Boys.  During one summer I was so desperate for reading material, I read the encyclopedia.  Great way to learn, but no plot line to followJ.
Now older, I am still drawn to mysteries, thrillers, and adventure stories.  I find myself glued to these types of books.  Like many, I read for entertainment and escape from my somewhat mundane life.  However, I have a list of authors whose work I gobble up faster than a Thanksgiving turkey.  Jack DuBrul and his character, Mercer, satisfy my love for geology and adventure.  Clive Cussler’s work also fulfills the adventurous side of me.  Maybe I should mention I hate to travel, so in truth, there is no adventurous side of me in real life.  When I look at my library, I see additional collections of Jonathan Kellerman, James Rollins, Kathy Reichs, Robin Cook, and Tess Gerritsen.
Keep in mind that I grew up in the small coal mining town of Triadelphia WV, and next door to our house was one of the state police barracks.  These guys instilled in me an extreme respect for the police and the law.  Enter Tess Gerristsen with Rizzoli and Isles, and Jonathan Kellerman with Milo the cop and his friend Alex Delaware.  Iris Johansen and the Eve Duncan forensic thrillers is another favorite.  Crime or police stories have been among my favorite genre.
Okay, so you get my drift.  I have a steady diet of materials that I read.  Here comes my point, I recently discovered the work of Traci Hall, and it has been a thrilling discovery.  Her stories would not normally be a part of my typical reading diet.  I did however, read her book “Blood of Ra”, and enjoyed it so much that I followed up with her series “The Queen’s Guard”.  “The Queen’s Guard” has romance with a good dose of intrigue.
I have also found “All Gods of Eisernon” by Simon Lang.  Again, I was surprised to find myself enjoying this work as well.  I would call this book “otherworldly”.
To my amazement, I enjoy these books as much as my mysteries, thrillers, and adventure books.  So I guess the old adage is true…”Don’t judge a book by its cover”, and we should consider…“don’t judge a book by its title, genre or cover”.
May all your readings be filled with the magic of your yearnings.


  1. Thank you for mentioning me in your blog - I too devoured anything I could read as a kid, which led to a varied love of genre. There is nothing quite like crossing the line from reader to author, and I can't wait to celebrate with you!

  2. I read a variety of genres and sometimes a book will really surprise me.

    I got your email. I do indeed have a blog - Spunk On A Stick's Tips. Followed yours so I can find you again.

  3. I enjoyed your thoughts on reading and authors, and the importance of not staying in a genre rut! I read more books as a kid/teenager than I do now, but I have great memories of wonderful books. I know those stories were part of my inspiration to write too!