Why Do I Write? Let Me Count The Ways...

I guess I was destined to be a writer. I’ve always been a great reader, and I believe that’s the best foundation for becoming an author. You can learn so much about writing just by osmosis from reading good books!

There are 688 fiction books in my house (yep, I just counted them). They're in the room I affectionately refer to as 'the library.' Plus, there's another 462 non-fiction books (including biographies, reference books, travel guides, etc) in the family room.

Don’t believe me?

Half of the bookcase in the library
The non-fiction titles in the family room

There are books in nearly every room of my house. Here’s a shot of part of the 3-shelf bookcase of reference works I keep on hand in my office for research for some of my stories…

Reference books

And here’s the growing To Be Read pile sitting by the side of my bed…

To Be Read pile

And let’s not even count the e-books waiting on my Kindle and iPad! So many books… so little time [sigh].

Is it any wonder I became a writer? Louisa May Alcott once said, “She is too fond of books, and it has addled her brain.” NOT! If anything, reading has expanded my brain, letting me learn about amazing places, historical events, and allowing me to escape into adventures I would never be able to experience in my real life.

I’d rather offer my own quotes:

-Romance authors have the write stuff

-Who needs a man when you can have a book between the covers?

-Buy a book, and a tree lives forever!

-I have the need to read.

-If romance is the spice of life, marinade me in it!

-A good book is better than a bad man, no contest.

But I’ll leave you today with my favorite romance author quote of all…

“…and they lived happily ever after!”

Until next month,


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