But I do have several favorite authors.
In this second Moonlight and Mystery author post, I’m supposed to share my favorite mystery novel with readers. But here’s my dilemma; I don’t really have an all time favorite. Usually when I read, it’s because I enjoy the writing of a certain author as opposed to the specific content of a story.
There’s another reason why this post is difficult for me; sometimes I have to be in a certain frame of mind to read the books written by some of my favorites. My life is very complicated, as the mom and caregiver of a severely autistic son, and I find as the years go by that more and more I look for books with only a happily ever after ending.
Which is all I seem to be able to write as well. Isn’t that silly? I hate cliffhangers, and I don’t enjoy leaving too much of a mystery for the reader to puzzle about when I finish a story.
Unless it involves a complicated plot involving something like human trafficking and capturing members of the ring, which of course is a struggle if the net is widespread.
I guess what I’ll do is share some of my favorite authors and tell you why I enjoy what they write. So many stories I read these days offer me no surprises and I can usually guess easily who a killer is.
Linda Howard is one of my all-time favorites because of the way she manages to interject humor in her romance suspense series. My favorite book from her has got to be OPEN SEASON. I have never laughed so hard and it’s a story about a serial killer!
Nora Roberts. What can I say? Nora is Nora. I’m not so much into her older stories as I am in her standalones, but she has a few fantasy series which I loved (under her own name), and it’s hard for me to recall the names of the ones I liked best, but at least half of what she’s written was worth reading and sometimes even reading again.
Tami Hoag I don’t read as much as Tami Hoag as I used to, because her stories tend to have conclusions that are a little up in the air. But if you want unique stories and lots of surprises, she’s a fantastic author.
I used to enjoy Nicolas Sparks too. As a matter of fact, I’ve had some reviewers compare what I write to his novels. But his writing is a little off track these days, apparently because he was recently divorced.
Romance suspense isn’t the only genre I love. I still enjoy reading regency romance. Mary Balogh and Grace Burrowes are two of my favorite authors, and occasionally I read books by Stephanie Laurens as well.
I have hundreds of books on shelves at home. John Grisham, David Baldacci among others I read occasionally.
But my tastes have changed through the years. I used to enjoy the typical romance, but so many plots and storylines have become repetitive. Even with new authors, I tend to see the same plots and storylines; they’re just told in a slightly different way.
I wish I had more time to read. I used to read about 15 novels per week (yes really!!) But since I’ve become an author, something strange has been happening—success!! So not only writing, but promoting, seems to have taken over my life.
Crystal Rock, Wisconsin…
Is a purely fictional resort town where my stories take place. The Dragonfly Pointe Inn has been restored, and in the process, it’s discovered that a human trafficking ring has been operating in the area during the years when the inn was abandoned.
Or has the trafficking been going on for much longer?
Although I don’t write the paranormal fantasy romance that several authors in our Moonlight and Mystery group are great at, I do weave a slight element of fantasy through my stories.
Once two lovers kiss at Dragonfly Pointe? Their love is meant to last forever. Read more “Building Romance & Suspense: Taking My Cues From Nature”