This month at the Contemporary Romance Café, we’re talking about writers we admire. There are so many, but here’s my cross-genre top five!
1) Joey W. Hill, whose BDSM books are unparalleled. I love the realness of her characters, both human and other. Her books make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me think. Oh, and they’re HOT.
2) Janet Evanovich, who still has me attached to Stephanie Plum, even though I can’t imagine how she’ll ever resolve the Ranger/Joe thing. Having grown up there, I love reading all the inside NJ jokes. I also love how she can get so much expression out of one single word: “Babe.”
3) Jonathan Kellerman, who writes intriguing, compelling mystery plots and tells a damn fine story. I’ve been reading him for years, along with his wife, Faye Kellerman, whose stories are just as good.
4) Judy Blume, who wrote one of my all-time favorite young teen books, Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret. Kids today have so many more choices than I did in the YA world, but this one was, in my mind, groundbreaking for the time.
5) Clive Cussler, who tells a great adventure story. I’ve never actually read one of his books, but because my husband is addicted to his work, I’ve heard (parts of) many of his books. I admire him for the way he weaves different threads of the story together.
Well, there’s my five (okay, six, if you’re going to be picky about it!) writers I admire. And actually, there’s one more, and maybe it should be number one:
I admire romance writers as a whole for providing readers with great stories, intricate plots, a wide range of characters, and lots and lots of happily ever afters — in spite of the fact that romance books often get no respect. I was a romance reader long before I was a romance writer and the romance community as a whole (both readers and writers) ROCKS.
What about you? Who are some writers YOU admire?