Having just finished the biography, I took a few days respite this past week. It was spring break, and I’m not likely to show up in a guys gone wild video, so I decided to just spend the time at home and catch up on my reading. I ended up reading almost a book a day, which is heaven to me. I have a new recliner and I propped my feet up with good books.

I think that so many authors are also ravenous readers as well. Most authors find joy in the written word as do I. And most mystery authors also like to read mysteries. I’ve been working on this book for a while, which has meant that I haven’t had time to read as much as I’d like. So I made up for it this week.

I think it’s important to read a lot of current writers as a writer. The authors on this blog write wonderful books, and it’s a joy to be able to enjoy them and to see some of the ideas they are using now. Since I’ve been writing about the 1940s, it’s easy to forget how mysteries are written today. There’s a wealth of character and plot out there — just within this blog.

As for me, I’m going back to my new recliner and finish another book — I hope you do the same!

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