Thursday, November 4
Some of my best friends are writers....
Picking a favorite author is a bit like looking over all the friends you've had in your life and choosing the best one. For me, it can't be done. I think favorite authors are a bit like friends, at certain times in your life, you have one that is a little more important because of the circumstances of your life. Sometimes you learn from them, laugh with them, or curl up in front of a fire with them.
I couldn't have made it through my teenage years without the likes of Lois Duncan, Paul Zindel, S.E. Hinton, and Judy Blume, who let me escape into their worlds.
In college, not happy with my living situation, I sought out John Saul---scary escapism.
Over the years I discovered romance with Jude Devereaux, Helen Fielding, and Janet Evanovich. Went on worldly adventures with Michael Crichton and legal thrill rides with John Grisham. I stayed up all night, too scared to sleep but too enthralled to quit reading with Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston.
With my children I enjoyed Barbara Parks (Junie B. Jones), Kevin Henkes, and Stellaluna. I have a special spot in my heart for J.K.Rowling, not only for bringing us Harry Potter, but for turning my youngest daughter into a reader.
Lately I've been into magical realism. Barbara Bretton's knitting witch series, Amy S. Foster, Cecelia Ahern, and my fave, Sarah Addison Allen. And even though I don't quilt or knit but love to read about them, especially Marie Bostwick--who is actually a friend from way back in junior high. I'll still pick up a thriller--Dan Brown or Robert Massello and I'll always gravitate toward YA--Suzanne Collins and Rick Riordan.
I'm always on the lookout for a new friend and someday I hope to make a reader's list of best friends...