I have to admit that I read from both ends.
I think as writers, it is important to expand our comfort zone.
For example, I was never a fan of the Fantasy genre. Then I read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. What an amazing story and I followed up by reading his other works. Next, I read all of Robyn Hobb’s books. It was fascinating and fun.
So, the point is, it was an eye opening experience for me.
Writers should read everything, even the things we don’t like. One of two things will happen. We will find that we do like other genres or we will find out that we don’t. We will learn from good writing and we will learn how not to write. We will find good in many books, just as well as bad.
Of course, if it’s really bad you don’t have to read the whole thing. I have a collection in my Kindle library of books started and never finished. I also have a collection of the too bad to finish books.
That is how we learn and grow and improve as writers.
And, some celebrities have interesting lives.
Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in Vermont.