There are some things about me that no one knows about. My husband knew and understood. He knew me better than anyone and understood me better than I even understood myself. He understood about my passions. Or would obsessions be a better word? Take books, for example. From the first time I learned to read, I have loved it. I loved books. And when I found an author that I truly enjoyed, I had to read everything by that person. Preferably in the order the books were written. I loved seeing how the author “grew” in their work from book to book.
I discovered Agatha Christie when I was just a young girl. Over the years I have collected all her books. And have read each one maybe 3 or 4 times each. Then in the early 80’s I discovered an author by the name of Charlotte Vale Allen. If you have not read any of her work, I highly recommend you do. She has written about 40 books, which I own about 30. My husband knew how much I loved her work so when he found out she was going to have a book signing nearby, he took me to meet her. We enjoyed talking with her after it was all done. We three sat for quite awhile, chatting. She and I have exchanged emails and spoken on the phone a few times. My husband loved to tell people that I knew a real author.
I discovered Terry Brooks a few years ago. I haven’t gotten into all his books, only the Shannara series. I have read them all and when I was able to find any on sale or at a very low price, I bought them. So now I have them and can re-read them whenever I want. Which I have read them all twice, so far.
Diane Mott Davidson is another author I enjoy reading. I love mysteries. And her books are mysteries about a caterer. So there is a lot about cooking and food in the stories, plus recipes. She has written, I think, about 14 books, which I have read 12. There is a lot of humor in her stories, also, which I found refreshing.
I know another author now and my husband would have loved to have been able to brag about that. If you get a chance, read her book. My friend, Suzanne. I have read her book and it is a truly enjoyable one. She has been my inspiration.