I consider myself lucky have grown up in a house full of readers. Both of my parents enjoyed reading. Dinner table conversations were often about the books they were enjoying. They liked spy novels, but they also read mainstream fiction.
I loved horses when I was a kid. I must have read the entire black stallion series. Marguerite Henry, however, was my favorite author. I read Brighty of the Grand Canyon from cover to cover many times over. I also loved her Misty series. Beverly Cleary was another favorite. Beezus and Ramona are timeless.
I took English lit courses throughout high school. This introduced me to many different genres. Of course, some were more interesting than others. Oftentimes, however, my biggest challenge was putting the book down. Sometimes I wanted to keep going to the end, but I couldn’t get too far ahead of the rest of class.
As an adult, if you’ll pardon the pun, I fell in love with the romance genre. And, like my parents, I too enjoyed mainstream fiction. So, from time to time, I’d borrow one of their favorite novels. I think this is why my romance novels are similar to mainstream fiction. Authors such as Arthur Hailey and Peter Benchley must have influenced my writing.
I started writing novels because I wanted to write the books I’d enjoy reading. I wasn’t concerned about how many books I would sell, or if I would become rich and famous. (Not that I wouldn’t mind, but let’s be realistic.) What I’m trying to say is that I write out of my own love of reading. So I figured if I wrote the books I would enjoy reading, then others would enjoy reading them too. Turns out, I was right. I’m getting some wonderful feedback from you, my readers.