Do you pleasure read in the same genre as you write? I used to. My Works-in-Progress are in the genres of science fiction, horror and dark fantasy. For years I read these also. No longer. Now that I am in the midst of my one finished book’s fourth draft, plus in various stages with seven other books, all in the above mentioned genres, I need a change.
Currently, my pleasure reading is mysteries, both British and American. Of my favorite British mystery writers are Deborah Crombie, Peter Robinson, Betty Rowlands, M.C. Beaton and Ann Purser. On this side of the pond are J.D. Robb, Elizabeth Peters, Dolores Stewart Riccio, E.J. Copperman, Juliet Blackwell and Lorna Barrett. I do still read some fantasies, mostly by Terry Brooks, Yasmine Galenorn and the late, but still great, David and Leigh Eddings.
Will I ever write a mystery? Who knows. Maybe. Right now, I read for escape, for fun, for a respite. I may try my hand at it someday. For now, I am still leaching out all the other genres I had absorbed. And with my fascination with Ancient Egypt, could historical fiction be far behind? One never knows.
Now, you must excuse me. Deborah Crombie’s latest book has been released and I must order a copy.