Let’s Talk with Terry Odell

What Do Authors Read?

by Terry Odell

I’m dipping into our reader questions again this month. One reader says: “I love when authors read books. I’d like to know what genres an author reads. If they have a favorite, or least favorite book. If they have never not finished a book and why.”

Speaking for myself here. I used to read a lot of Science Fiction – Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke topped my list. Now, I read a lot of mystery, with a leaning toward the police/detective sub-genre. John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Linda Castillo, Robert Crais and CJ Box are among my favorites. (Not discounting our other Booklover’s Bench authors, of course!)

In romance, I lean toward romantic suspense, and that’s probably why I write it. It’s a blend of both mystery and romance. My favorites in this genre include JD Robb and Suzanne Brockmann who both keep a series going with well-developed characters.

I don’t really have a favorite or a least favorite book, at least not ones I would be able to say are the “best” or “worst” books I’ve read. That’s kind of like asking me which of my children is my favorite or least favorite.

Are there books I don’t finish? Yes. With so many books out there, I’ve gotten past the “clean your plate club” and if a book isn’t holding my interest—and there are a lot of reasons for that, including poor research, sloppy editing, cardboard characters—I no longer feel guilty setting it aside. (There’s a “formula” that says take 100, subtract your age, and that’s how many pages you “owe” an author. The older we get, the faster an author has to grab us.)

If it’s a book by one of my favorite authors, I’m more likely to finish than if it’s someone new to me. Then again, my favorite authors are those who rarely disappoint, which is probably why they’re my favorites.

What about you? What are your favorite genres to read? Do you finish every book you start?

Deadly Assumptions by Terry Odell(And if you’re looking for a quick, easy read, my new Mapleton Mystery Novella, Deadly Assumptions was just released. You can find more about it on my website. I’m sharing my royalties through the end of September with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, so buying now also helps a good cause!)

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