Our Weekly Geeks task today posed by Bernadette of Reactions to Reading is whether there are two types of readers...those who stick to the books versus those who like to know more about the author's background, thoughts, motivations and writing process.
Among the questions she has asked:
Do you track down author websites or look for biographical information about them elsewhere? Would you skip reading a book if you couldn't find out anything about its author?
The answer to both these questions is generally "no". I'm not a biographer, and I'd be too afraid that the questions I asked would be of minor interest to people who read my blog, and a bit tedious to the author.
I couldn't follow the blogs of all the authors that I read, but I certainly do include some in my RSS reader. I'm not really interested in authors who only promote their own books. I want them to write regularly about crime fiction and to contribute to my knowledge of what is out there for me to read.
- Margot Kinberg at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist is one of the best authorities on Agatha Christie and other Golden Age novelists that I know of. She blogs daily and is always worth reading.
- Martin Edwards at Do You Write Under Your Own Name seem to have a lot of interests in common.
- Vanda Symons is a New Zealand crime fiction author who blogs at Overkill, and I find her blog stimulating.
- I follow International Crime Authors Reality Check too. They consist of Barbara Nadel, Christopher Moore, Colin Coterrill, and Matt Beynon Rees.
- I follow Type M for Murder because that's where Vicki Delany blogs
- There there is Meg Gardiner on Lying for a Living
- Criminal Minds features Kelli Stanley and others.
- PD Martin is a young Australian crime fiction author blogging here
- Scandinavian crime fiction authority Barbara Fister blogs here.
- Stephen Booth blogs here