Oh, my — you want to talk about favorites? Shall I mention fangirling? Let me tell you, I am the fangirl of all-time. Really. I have traveled across oceans, crossed borders, spent way too much time online, to hang out with some of my favorite screenwriters, actors, and novelists. To this day, I still get the giggles or at least self-conscious when I’m around certain authors who in the early days of my hanging out in the world of books just made me nervous because of the sheer talent leaping from their fingertips. Now, that I am an almost published (28 DAYS TO GO as of this writing) historical fiction writer who has hung out with authors quite a bit (but not so much since the pandemic), I have had the opportunity to meet many of my favorites at conventions and author events (you remember those when they weren’t on ZOOM) that my nerves have settled somewhat. But there are still quite a few authors who make me dizzy. But for now, I’ll just name one. Last year, I met the author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon at the Surrey International Writers Conference. That was amazing but I was completely tongue-tied, and for those who know me, close your mouths — it can happen!
Now, let’s get to these lists!
My favorite children’s story is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. I used to read it every year for like too many years straight, but it is and will always be my favorite children’s story.
Now, recent favorites — it so happens Writer’s Digest recently asked me (see the March 2021 issue) about some of my fav historical fiction books. See graphic from that page:)! Chanel Cleeton, Lily King, and Rita Woods fill that bill beautifully.
But there are more I’m anxious to read. This year is full of great titles and since I’m on a historical fiction obsession, here are some I’ve read recently (and adored) and some that are on my TBR list (as soon as I get through the next 28 DAYS!)…
Shown in no particular order!