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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: Brenna Lyons

Writers and Readers

Every once in a while, a reader surprises me with the idea that writers are perceived as different than readers. For some reason, people get surprised that writers are as avid of readers as non-writer readers are.

There's an old saying that you don't have to write to be a reader, but you have to read to become an accomplished writer. In addition to getting a feel for the lines you'll be submitting to and the successful authors in the genre, you broaden your experience and enrich your writing by reading.

But reading isn't all business for an author. Though we might be able to put technical terms to a review of another author, we read for enjoyment.

Believe it or not, authors have favorite genres, favorite authors, and favorite series...sometimes a wide range of them. We enjoy talking about our favorites. We enjoy exposing other readers to them. We enjoy postulating on what comes next in their series, much as we write the story arc of our own.

Like most authors, I'm an avid reader. Asking me to choose my favorite author would be like asking me to choose a single food to eat every meal for the rest of my life. Impossible to conceive of. Asking me to choose a favorite genre would be like asking me what food group I'd eat exclusively for the rest of my life. Same answer.

My tastes in everything from food and clothing to reading materials, music, and movies are varied. It depends on my mood and how in need of a break to something new I am.

Most authors read in the genres they write. So you can probably guess I write all manner of fantasy, science fiction, horror, contemporary, historical, futuristic, romance, (sweet through erotic romance and into erotica and dark romance) and even YA and poetry. In addition, I read true crime, mysteries, and thrillers.

So, who are some of my favorites that I'd highly suggest others read? Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor, Robin Owens, Tee Morris, Rowena Cherry, Elaine Corvidae, Angela Knight, Kate Douglas, Christine Feehan, Margaret Carter, Jeff Strand, Jane Graves, Gloria Oliver, Piers Anthony, John Saul, Stephen King, David and Leigh Eddings, Steven Gould, Scott Westerfeld, Susan Kearney, Jacquelyn Frank, Jacqueline Elliott, John Moore, Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Elizabeth K. Burton, Tracy L. Carbone, Linda Fallon, Fae Harlow, Deborah Lynne, Sheri McGathy, Janet Miller, Rowan West, and more.


Carol L. said...

I completely agree with you on having to choose just one. I have an ekectic kind of mind when it comes to everything. It all depends on the mood I'm in. But no matter what mood that may be, I love Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor
I enjoyed your post.
Carol L.

Dena said...

I am with you, I like a variety too. You list some of my favorites, Sherrilyn and Christine are really great.

BrennaLyons said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies. With so many good authors out there, how can anyone choose just one? I never could.