It’s a standing joke in my family: referring to my somewhat prolific reading habits as ‘research’. Someone rings on a Sunday morning and is told “Mum’s still in bed. She’s doing research.” (No, not THAT kind of research, tsk tsk!) And I must confess to doing an awful lot of the reading books kind of research – as you’ll doubtless know if you ever visit my blog.
Lately, I’ve also had comments from others about the number of books I get through in a month and generally I just shrug sheepishly and say “I’m a fast reader.” But when one’s husband checks out the blog and comments along a similar vein, it behooves one to sit up and take notice. “Considering all the books you read last month, don’t know when you managed to get any writing done,” he said. Jokingly. I think… hope!
So do I read too much? I’ve thought long and hard about this and the answer is no. Absolutely not. I am a very fast reader – always have been. Developed that skill as a kid when I’d creep out into the hallway and read by the hall light at night, keeping an ear out for Mum or Dad so I could race back to bed and pretend to be asleep. As a teen, I perfected the art of speed reading because otherwise, those library books of Mum’s that I’d sneakily read whenever I could get my little paws on them would be returned to the library and I’d never know the ending – horrors!
And truly, although I’m blessed enough to have a hubby and kids who let me lie in bed on a Sunday morning and read till 10 or 11am, I also take every opportunity during the day to snatch a read. At breakfast over a bowl of cereal. During my coffee break in the morning, lunchbreak, in the car waiting to pick up the kids from school – or soccer practice – and while they have their hour-long swimming lesson. And even during TV ad-breaks. It’s amazing how much time you can crib during a normal busy day if you’re dedicated enough – and I sure am!
I’d also like to address that ‘don’t know how you have time to write with all the reading you do’ comment. I write 5 – often 6 – days a week and I’ve been completing two full manuscripts per year for a while now. When I’m not working on a ms, I’ll be looking at one I’ve written and tweaking it, tightening it, getting rid of stuff that doesn’t need to be there. So since 2003, I’ve completed two trilogies, two full-length manuscripts plus a 30,000 word novella. I think that kinda proves I don’t do too much ‘research’! And if it seems rather excessive for an unpubbed writer to have written so many manuscripts, well, as a pubbed friend recently said to me: “Don’t worry about what anyone says – just keep on writing up a storm, coz when you do get picked up, you’ll have a backlist to tempt them with as well.” Sounds good to me!
Here’s my February reads – some new stuff and some old favorites!
-Jinxed by Beth Ciotta
-Charmed by Beth Ciotta
-Seduced by Beth Ciotta
-Mystery Lover by Vicki Lewis Thompson**
-After Hours by stephanie Bond**
-Show And Tell by Kimberly Raye**
-Bedded By Arrangement by Natalie Anderson
-Bound by Marriage by Nalini Singh
-Charmed & Dangerous by Candace Havens
-Shaken and Stirred by Sue McKay
-Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank
-Gideon by Jacquelyn Frank
-Elijah by Jacequelyn Frank
-Jane’s Warlord by Angela Knight
-Faking It by Jenny Crusie
-Flint’s Fuse by Sandy Fraser***
-Love’s Prisoner by MaryJanice Davidson***
-The Education of Miss Felicity Wells by Alice Gaines***
-Candidate for the Kiss by Angela Knight***
-The Damned by L.A. Banks
-Whose Lie Is It Anyway? by Abby Gaines
-Back On Track by Abby Gaines
**From Blaze ‘Midnight Fantasies’ anthology
*** From Red Sage ‘Secrets Volume 6′