Recently my favourite author, Mary Balogh, confessed that she doesn’t
read much in her writing genre because she wants ‘to spend my leisure time at
something different’, does ‘not want to unconsciously plagiarize’ and because ‘I
find myself most critical as a reader when I read romances, especially
historicals like my own’. Instead she reads ‘a great deal of
mystery’. [Mary Balogh, ‘What do authors read’, 27 August 2013 http://www.marybalogh.com/].
After 20 odds years of being a historical romance fan and now a
writer, I still find myself reading that genre, but I must say, I’m fussy. I’m
looking for that elusive thing – a book that I want to read more than once – a
story that reverberates in my mind for days afterwards – that makes me keen to
read more from the same author to test whether I’ve found someone whose stories are guaranteed to be enjoyable and worth spending precious hours of my life reading. Now and then I find one. I’m sure you know what I mean and do the same. Which authors satisfy your reading thirst?