I like to write about family and relationship issues that are often found in women’s fiction.
Perhaps this is because this is where my experience lies. However, I really love to read suspense thriller novels. I like dramas too, but since they can be very moving, I have to be in the mood to have my emotions twisted up like a pretzel. I would rather laugh than cry, or try to solve a thrilling mystery than feel the heaviness of a drama. But I still have a couple of favorite dramas in the list, too!
John Sandford novels – which one? All of them, but especially the Lucas Davenport “Prey” series. Davenport’s a great character. He catches criminals; most of whom are psychopaths, but just because he’s in law enforcement doesn’t mean he always plays by the rules. Davenport’s a smart, arrogant and certainly flawed character that you just end up liking.
He has another series that interacts with the Davenport novels. This series “stars” Virgil Flowers, who happens to be a younger, but perhaps nicer version of Davenport. Even so, when comparing the basic character traits of Davenport and Flowers, it’s the same flavor, different label. The criminals are mostly the same as well many, but for me it’s the writing of John Sandford that makes the story an easy and quick read.
James Patterson novels – I like the Alex Cross character, so I usually only read the Cross novels. As a Morgan Freeman fan, I loved him playing Cross in Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. His portrayal made me like Cross more. As a matter of fact, his roles in most movies usually make me like that movie more. As a matter of fact, Morgan Freeman makes me want to use my Visa more. I just like him.
The Road (Cormac McCarthy) – I read the book after seeing the movie and I liked them both. As a writer I really liked the way Cormac McCarthy (the author) made me forget how his simplistic writing format started as a distraction. After a while, I could only see the characters and I wanted to follow their story to the end. I know how deeply engaged I had to be as a reader when after finishing the book, I began to think about what happens for these characters. It is one of those dramas that make you feel a little sad, but it’s still one of my favorites.
Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes) – This is definitely one of my book to movie favorites. It’s a coming of age movie for middle-aged women. “Unthinkably good things can happen…even late in the game.”
Sidney Sheldon novels – Over the years I’ve read many of this author’s novels. I’ve liked some more than others, but in general if I’m looking for a book to read, I’m not really disappointed.
Debbie Macomber – She writes lighthearted romance novels. I don’t usually read romance novels…but when I’m in the mood for something different, her books are nice. I like the Christmas ones.
Danielle Steel – Who hasn’t read a Danielle Steel novel? Again she writes romance, but the stories usually have a nice backdrop, so the story line can be interesting. The first romance book I ever read was a Danielle Steel novel – The Promise – and I liked it. I feel loyal sticking with Danielle Steel as one of my favorites, even though I don’t usually go for the romance genre.
New Authors – I happily explore new, independent authors. Since I still do reviews, I like the idea of discovering a style of writing that keeps me engaged. It’s a “hit or miss” tactic, but I’m open-minded.