Are you addicted to anything? I'm addicted to books - any books. E-books, paperbacks, library books, any form of reading I can get my hands on. I have to keep myself from visiting Amazon.com or Rhapsodybookclub.com or I will spend away the money meant for other things. I even go to the library and get books when I have plenty on my Kindle and in my paperback collection that I haven't even read. Yeah, I'm addicted.
My husband looks at me and says, "And what about the books you're writing? Why are you reading more stories when you need to finish the ones you're writing?" Well, I'm doing research! I gotta know the genre I'm writing intimately! I can't just go in cold turkey!
Yeah, okay, so I probably read more than I need to learn how to write what I'm writing. But it's my drug of choice and it's a hell of a lot cheaper than alcohol or drugs, and I can put it down any time (cause it's there to pick up again anytime I want! lol).
To be honest, you do need to read many, many stories in the genre you want to write to know what kinds of things sell. Writing is a business as much as it is a passion. You have to know what kinds of stories get noticed and some of the styles of those stories out there. My two favorite genres are paranormal romance (non-human) and science fiction (completely human but with cool oddities), and I've read a lot of books in both. My library overfloweth.
I've recently read some fun ones that had me giggling and intrigued. Check out One Night In Scotland by Karen Hawkins, Planet Mail by Kate Pearce (talk about hot!), Penelope and Prince Charming by Jennifer Ashley, If He's Wild by Hannah Howell, and The Hawk by Monica McCarty for romance, and Rhapsody by Elizabeth Hayden, Song In The Silence by Elizabeth Kerner, Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and The Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh for science fiction. If He's Wild and The Hawk are in the middle of the series, but they were the ones that caught my attention the most. And One Night In Scotland is the first one I read by Karen Hawkins, but she made me howl with laughter.
Who are your favorite authors, of any genre? What made them your favorite(s)?