My Favorite Books and Authors
I read from as many genres as possible, but when you get right down to it, my favorite modern books are Historical Fiction written by female authors featuring strong female protagonists. I've never worried too much about why that might be, instead I've simply learned to enjoy reading, and writing, within that category. I very much enjoy the works of Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) and Sarah Dunant (In The Company of the Courtesan), but my hands-down favorite contemporary author is Sarah Waters (Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, The Paying Guests, etc.). Other contemporary authors I have particularly enjoyed are Edward P. Jones (The Known World), Michael Cunningham (The Hours), Lorrie Moore (A Gate at the Stairs), Dean Koontz (Intensity), Anne Perry (The Monk Series: The Face of a Stranger, etc.), Amy Tan (The Kitchen God's Wife) John Sandford (The Prey Series: Rules of Prey, etc.), Lee Child (The Reacher Series: Killing Floor, etc.), Garrison Keillor (Lake Wobegon Days, etc.) and the Spenser series of Robert B. Parker and Ace Atkins.
I read a great deal of 18th, 19th and early 20th Century literature as well, my particular area of focus being fiction of the Scottish Lowlands during the late 19th Century, particularly the works of the Kailyard School. I also greatly enjoy the writings of the Brontë Sisters, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maud Montgomery, Mark Twain, Gabriel García Márquez and George Elliot. My favorite book set in Florida is Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
I'm also a big fan of the wide range of music referred to as "Classical", particularly the concerto grosso form of the Baroque time period. I am a founding member of Sarasota's WSMR 89.1 all classical radio station, a member of the Florida Writer's Association and the RRBC.