January’s FEATURED AUTHOR: Alan’s love affair with books…

Today our Featured Author Alan Orloff stops in to talk about love (now I have that song stuck in my head, ugh!)… Read on!

Sometimes I try to keep it a secret, but I’m in the middle of a very long love affair.

With books.

As a kid, I was an avid reader. I remember the first “real” book (no pictures) I ever read: Little Lefty, by the prolific children’s sports writer Matt Christopher. It was a baseball book and I think I read it in a few hours. After that, I became a regular at my local library (thanks Mom and Dad, for taking me there!), and I used to come home with a stack of books under each arm. I’d hole up somewhere in the house and read, oblivious to the world around me, entering new worlds between the pages. I made friends with Freddy the Pig, Danny Dunn, and Homer Price. I traveled to new lands, in different times—even visited a few other planets.

As a teen, I moved from baseball books to science fiction. Then to horror. If a book had a black cover with a picture of a bloody body part on the cover, I grabbed it. I welcomed Stephen King and Dean Koontz into my home, and into my mind (not sure that was a great idea, but at the time…).

When I went to college, though, my reading for pleasure waned. I spent plenty of time with books, but they were of the Vibration Analysis and Welcome to the Wonderful World of Thermodynamics varieties.

A few years after I’d graduated, I was working in the Boston area and a boss of mine turned me on to a series about a wise-cracking PI which took place in that fine city. Of course, the PI was Spenser, and the author was Robert B. Parker. Fifty or sixty books worth, and I’ve read every one of them, some multiple times.

One PI series led to another, and another. Then bestselling legal thrillers (Hello Grisham, Hello Turow!), then I went through a spy phase, then YA books, then Reacher books, then I devoured the “adventures” of Alex Delaware and Lucas Davenport.

And I’m just hitting a few of the highlights.

As you can tell, I love books! In fact, I love reading them so much, I decided to write some of my very own.

But that’s another story altogether.

Thank you for sharing, Alan! I hope you’ve had a good visit here this month… 🙂 Everyone – enter the giveaway for Alan’s books, if you haven’t already.

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