What I Read When Nobody’s Watching

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday where we don’t play by the rules because there are no rules.  My good buddy–and critique partner–Stacy Green tagged me on Monday to do a me-me..  The questions about my reading habits appealed to me, so here they are.


  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

Note:  the rules do not say I have to follow the rules.  


If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?

This is a hard question for me.  I don’t want to live somewhere I’d have to try to suppress my thick hick accent.  This greatly limits my options.


I think the right place for me would be Sookie Stackhouse’s universe, which is the creation of author Charlaine Harris.  Sure, it has supernatural creatures, but it’s also okay to be a human there…and have a hick accent.

Do you read in noisy or quiet places?

When I was a teenager, I could read, watch TV, and do homework at the same time.  These days, I like quiet while I read.  If no quiet is available, I’ll create it myself with Pure White Noise on my iPod.

What was the first book you ever read?

The first book I ever checked out at the school library in first grade was a Curious George book.  However, I also remember reading every single Ramona Quimby book that little school library had.

This is not quite the same thing, but the first Stephen King book I read was Christine.  Stephen King’s books greatly influenced the person I became and the dreams I followed.

If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would have to be one of Joe R. Lansdale’s short story collections.  Nobody does it better.  Joe R. Lansdale can have you laughing even as he scares the religion out of you.

Favorite author?

I have favorites in every genre.

Horror: Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, Robert R. McCammon, Nancy A. Collins, Blake Crouch

Suspense: Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner

Romance: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jackie Collins

Urban Fantasy: Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, Rachel Vincent

Mystery: Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Jim Thompson

Mainstream Fiction: Larry Brown, Lisa Reardon, Zora Neale Hurston

I could just pick one overall favorite, but I think that’s unfair.  Each of these authors has influenced the way I write, think, and dream.

Do reviews influence your choice of reads?

Sure.  I always read the one-star reviews first.  If it sounds like something I’d like in spite of the one-star reviews, I buy it.


Fiction or Non fiction?

Fiction.  But I also enjoy true crime books and books on criminal psychology.

Have you ever met your favorite author?

Nope.  But Joe Lansdale does live in the same area of East Texas where I grew up.  I wish I could catch him doing a book signing sometime.

Audio books or Paperbacks?

I like both.  If have a long drive, there’s nothing better than an audiobook to keep me company.


Paperbacks, however, have become e-books for me.  I think I’m developing arthritis in my hands, and reading an actual book has become painful.

Classic or Modern Novels?

Modern all the way.

Book Groups or Solitary Reading?

Solitary Reading. I think you have to be smart to be in book groups.  Besides, don’t they tell you what to read?  **shudders**


Here is Willie Nelson’s anthem for not following the rules:

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