Who else gets a rush of excitement the moment they step inside a bookstore? I grew up with parents who love to read, and regular visits to bookstores, libraries and book fairs were part of our normal routine. My mother always said, "Books are your friend," and I took that to heart. Wherever I was, a stack of books wasn't too far away.
My passion for reading stayed with me over the years. Despite my hectic writing schedule, I try and read as much as I can. My writer friends and I talk about how relaxing books can be, and whenever we're in need of a break, we turn to novels for the perfect escape.
Reading also helps alleviate writer's block, and it's my fellow Harlequin authors who I oftentimes look to for motivation. It's exciting to see their books on the shelves alongside mine, and during my visit to Barnes & Noble, I spotted several, including: