I'm immersed in final editing of my next book, Eldercide, and on this go-round, I realize I may have overused italics to emphasize significant bits of interior monologue. A random example:
"You must be the nurse from Compassionate Care. Come on in."
I will if you get your beer belly out of the doorway, Claire wanted to say.
This one doesn't need italics, probably, but there are other passages that could benefit by retaining them. I'm checking some of my favorite writers to see what they do. Tess Gerritsen, for example, uses them quite a lot; others don't use them at all. What do others think? When you encounter italics, does it turn you off?