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August 31, 2016


Art Taylor

Great list, Dean—and great post!

Susan Neace

When I was in the 3rd grade or so I discovered the card catalogue in the children's section at the public library and read every fiction book with magic in the title or subject. In middle school I read all the listings of science fiction books in their library. I read Sherlock Holmes and the Jungle Book and Andre Norton, Anne Mccafftey's Pern Books. I discovered second hand bookstores and that there were listings by the author of other books they had written and the paperback ones had the prices and addresses to order them. I taped the appropriate amount of coins between thin cardboard to order new titles. Mary Stewart made me want to travel and try new foods so her influence affected more than my appreciation of good fiction


Many authors I'm familiar with on that list by reputation if not by reading their books. Great list.

Kristin Lundgren

Reading your post here, your reading journey mirrors my own in so many ways, up to the British writers, except for Josephine Tey. By that time I was working full time and raising kids, and defaulted to regencies, some romantic suspense, and good historical romances like Laura Kinsale. But my early years, I was the same, down to Judy Bolton and Velda Johnston. And of course the inimitable Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, MM Kaye's "Death in..." and the early cozies like Charlotte MacLeod/Alissa Craig and the China Bayles series about the Texas Hill Country herb shop (we'd moved to San Antinio a few years before). So many wonderful nights and days reading those, supplemented by classics along the way. Although I don't write, I think you have to be a reader in order to be good. By reading broadly and deeply within your genre, you get to know what a reader wants, expects, and can take that journey with you.

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