I add all of this rich material to my brain pile, let it ripen, stir it regularly, and use the results to fortify and enliven my own writing. There's just something about the rhythm and cadence of the written word that sparks something in me and makes me want to create.
A week or so ago, I promised a list of what I have been reading lately, so today I will deliver. In no particular order, I've recently indulged in:
- Apologize, Apologize by Elizabeth Kelly
- What Time Devours by A.J. Hartley
- Half Past Dead by Meryl Sawyer
- Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Claire
- Dead Bolt by Juliet Blackwell
- Storm Front by Jim Butcher
- The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
- Remix by Lexi Revellian
- Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory
- The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards
This is definitely a different mix of genres than I would normally dip into, and I've been pleasantly surprised with the storytelling quality of each so far.
What are you reading? Any recommendations of novels with strong female leads? My next full-length project features a complex female protagonist and I'm extremely curious about other writers' work that contains a woman who drives the story and is well-received by readers.