Where to begin? Kudos goes to my mother (may she rest in peace) for instilling in me the love for books and to my oldest sister for picking up where she left off.
I honestly don’t remember when I started to read, but I grew up in a small town without a library or a bookstore, so the first books I ever read belonged to my older sister. As the second-last born in a family of eight kids, I was introduced to more complex books at a very young age, starting with King James Bible. I didn’t read the bible to understand the scriptures or for religious purposes. I just loved those old testament stories. Angels fighting with people, Sodom and Gomora… Noah and the Ark… So when I sat down to write my first fantasy series, I focused on angels. Okay, mine are children of the fallen angels, but po-tay-toes, po-ta-toes.
There weren’t a lot of MG and YA books in the seventies, so I devoured what I could find, like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. My older sisters read romance and my brothers read general fiction, so I’d mix age appropriate books and adult ones. FYI, couples in romance books didn’t even kiss until the last chapter. I’m not sure who to blame, or thank, but I’m one of those readers who get bored easily when they read one genre for too long.
I went through a stage when all I read was romance. I’d focus on contemporary only, get tired and switch to romantic suspense, then historical. Then I’d gt bored and switch to fiction. I recall getting into medical thrillers when I discovered Jonathan Cook’s books. I swore I’d become a doctor when I grew up. Then my brothers introduced me to Mario Puzo’s books, the Godfather and the Sicilian (my favorite) to name a few. Got bored. Espionage held my interest the longest after I discovered works by Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. Detective… courtroom drama… non-fiction (Scott Peck’s the Road Less Traveled books). What can I say. I’m a bona fide book wh*re. Then YA and MGs became big and I found new food for my hungry, restless mind.
I reached a point when reading, going back and forth between genres wasn’t enough, so I started to write. Like my reading habit, I write whatever interests me, shifting from genre to genre-contemporary romance with or without suspense (Fitzgerald series), urban fantasy (Guardian Legacy series) and paranormal (Runes series-with my agent), children’s picture books (Little Leo and his pet Cuckatoo-taking up space on my computer) and MG (Fairy Tales with a twist-unpublished). Who knows what I’ll try next.