Okay, I promised to share some of my favorite authors and their books with you but I seem to be stuck, not sure where to start. Perhaps the picture of some of my books would give you an idea of why I am struggling with where to begin. Which author? Which books? What genre? New, old, waiting in the stack to be read?
And maybe a photograph of my bed, shared with my loved spouse, might help you understand that I love challenging books but also have a child-like streak in me. I will share a photo of that bed with its collection of stuffed animals another time, another blog. But looking at that bed, triggered memories of books read as a child.
I remember authors I loved reading as a child. I loved the series The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope. I did not read all 72 books but I read at least a dozen or more. This series began in 1904 and ended in 1979. Not sure if other authors wrote the last few or not. The books were interesting, gave a glimpse into another family and life style, and I read them voraciously. I remember the joy of escaping into a world found only on printed pages with my imagination creating visual scenes.
I loved the Maida Series. There were 15 books, authored by Inez Haynes Irwin over a period of 45 years. Not sure how many I read but my mom began to think this series was not such a good idea. The heroine in this series had no mother, if I remember right, and was an only child in a family of wealth. It gave me some ideas far beyond my parents’ financial ability. The interesting thing is I grew up to be not very materialistic. I have lived on less than $7,000 a year and on much more than that.
My fascination with the Nancy Drew series probably started my love of mysteries and encouraged the idea that being a female need not limit me. My mom was pretty independent so she never suggested my role as an adult would be to sit home and sew a fine seam. Good thing, I can’t thread a needle. And my dad encouraged me as well but expressed concern that my intensity and emotionalism might bring difficulty and pain. He was right but it has also opened the world of writing to me.
One more legacy of that Nancy Drew series might well be my love of suspense novels. Thus far, that’s what I write, with three underway and two more ideas simmering.
Anyway, don’t give up. I will write about current authors I read. Have patience.