A Writer’s Hoard & Family Time

Our cozy office has two walls filled with books, including paperbacks of my titles. I have several boxes containing those less-favored, at least right now. I’ve always loved books, duh—but then arrived the almighty ebook! I don’t think Kindles were even warm at Amazon before I bought my first. Now, with 12,607 ebooks in my Kindle, I think I can safely say I have issues. At least almost all were free downloads, so we aren’t going to the poorhouse. And I do try to read/review as much as I can, but I’m also a writer and writers gotta write.

My books make me happy in a hoarder kind of way—I like to look at the covers, read the blurbs and promise them I’ll get to them as soon as possible. But then, I have several sites that drop books into my email so I can go through and add more books. When I find a book that I must have, I click on the lovely little BUY NOW button. Imagine when I discover that I already own it. Yes! Fist pump, big smile! I’ve hit the jackpot. Hey, it happens… I drag it further up on my list because I mean, I loved it twice. I have to read it now! I don’t like reading more than one book at a time, although I know people who do. I just want to devote all my attention to that ‘someone’s baby’ and give it my all.

I like fantasy, of course, but I try to stay away from it. I’d crawl under my desk if I unconsciously “borrowed” something in the genre from someone else. It seems like every meme in fantasy is hot right now so I feel like I need to be extra careful. I like alien stuff too. I have an almost-finished alien-type romance/SF in the works. It’s a little different because both protagonists are not-human. There are humans, but they’re second fiddle.

I love mysteries, to both read and watch. My hubby, adult daughter, 8 cats, and I live in the mountains in a good-sized house. It has to be with all those cats. They need their space. We like to spend the evenings we have together watching TV, and we’ve discovered BritBox. Note: it wasn’t missing, we just didn’t know about it. Instead of the History Channel, A&E, or BBC America, or something else along those lines (we rarely watch mainstream tv. Not bragging, it’s just a fact), we’re bingeing The Brokenwood Mysteries and Shakespeare & Hathaway. We did all the Midsomer Murders (didn’t care for Bergerac), Poirot, different versions of Sherlock Holmes, and Miss Marple, and are going back through Death in Paradise. Waking the Dead is probably next. We like our family nights to be a bit unusual. It’s unfortunate, but we can’t find any American mysteries we enjoy. I’m open to suggestions and would love to hear back on what you’re reading and watching.

Thanks for letting me share a bit of me with you!

My poor little Kindle. I’m surprised it hasn’t blown up.

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