Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Summertime and the Reading Is Easy
by Maggie Toussaint

When I was growing up, my favorite place to read was in the hammock on the porch. I loved the way the hammock wrapped around me, cocooning me into the story world.

I explored so many wonderful authors and learned the virtue of being an armchair traveler. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine ever growing up to live far from home or being so busy with marriage, children, and career that there was no time to read. (Luckily, most of that time pressure has abated so that I am once again enjoying reading books.)

Early on, I had a strong preference for fiction books, and I really enjoyed the stories about kids/teens/young adults having an adventure and they had to solve the story puzzle. In those wonderful summers, I never met a book I didn’t like. Even better, those blessed hours on the porch shaped me into a reader who still enjoys those kinds of reads, and I even write books that fit this description.

For a chance to win a digital copy of Gone and Done It, share with us the type of books you enjoy reading or name a favorite book (then or now).



  1. My winner is Sue C. I’ll connect with Sue and get Gone and Done It to her! Thanks, everyone, for your comments.

  2. Jeannie Daniel says

    I really love mysteries. I also like general fiction and biographies about authors.

    • Hi Jeannie! Welcome. So glad that you love mysteries! And I’m intrigued that one of your other choices is author biographies. That’s really cool. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I like historical and cozy mysteries, historical romance, scifi/fantasy, some YA and some paranormal. For my escapist reading, I like to journey to “another time, another place.” There’s enough reality in the news.

  4. tinawhittle says

    I’m really into non-fiction right now, especially brain science, personal essays, astronomy, narrative, and odd researchy books on very specific subjects that somehow illuminate a larger whole (SALT is on my TBR list; I just finished a book about the discovery of the remains of a female gladiator).

    • Wow! That sounds so interesting. I have a brain science book, and I’ve looked at it a couple of times, but I’m not sure my brain measures up! I think the female gladiator would look like the blonde female knight-wannabe on Game of Thrones. Tall, muscular, athletic, and kickass.

  5. jane werthmann says

    I like historical mysteries, cozy mysteries and spirtual (like learning about Peruvian shamanism), very eclectic.

  6. I prefer fiction. Mystery, especially police procedurals although I think publishers are calling everything ‘thrillers’ now, but I enjoy Michael Connelly, John Sandford, CJ Box for their characters. Romantic suspense, because those are two-fers, giving a mystery and a relationship.

    • I’ve noticed that trend to lump many kinds of books into the thriller category too. The authors you mentioned are certainly top rate! I also enjoy romance as being part of the personal storyline underlying a mystery. After all, what greater mystery than romance?

  7. I’m a fan of historical romance, mystery, horror and thrillers, but I hate to pigeonhole myself. I enjoy most any well written book.

  8. I like cozy mysteries, mystery/suspense, suspense romance, and paranormal mysteries.

    • Hi Sue C, It sounds like we’re a match made in heaven. I write in all those styles! I was also admiring your avatar. Looks a bit like a yoga pose? I am also quite fond of yoga.

  9. I am an eclectic reader. On the fiction side I read most genres excluding romance and horror. My nonfiction reading tends toward science, history, and biography.

    • I would have expected such diverse reading tastes from such a Renaissance man. Your well-roundedness shows in your writing and conversations. Kudos!