My favorite reader has a to-be-read pile that spills off her bedside table and ambles down the hall like a drunk on a cruise ship.
My favorite reader is fiercely loyal to her favorites--but not afraid to bust an author's chops if they get a little sloppy on book #37:
"...I couldn't wait to get right into it. I'm sorry to say, although it was mostly well written, I didn't find it as thrilling or interesting as the author's past books."
By the time you're rich and famous, nobody you know will tell you when you're just phoning it in..except my favorite reader.
My favorite reader doesn't care a whit which subgrenre something is slotted into by the publisher. She'll grab books off the Mystery shelf, the Women's Fiction, Historical, Hysterical, whatever.
By the way, mystery readers are readingest readers around! See the Sisters In Crime research for details!
My favorite reader lives in my head when I write. Is this conflict interesting enough? Is the hero struggling enough? Could I make this paragraph tighter, funnier, scarier, more lyrical or all four?
I can't wait to meet more of my favorite readers as conferences like Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon, or at my local bookstore and library. Sure we buy ebooks for convenience and instant gratification, but my favorite readers can't let go of the physical book, either. It's not a matter of us catching up to digital, it's a matter of digital maturing to match up to readers' demands.
Many of my favorite readers are writers--after all, who knows the territory better? But many of my favorite readers are "just" readers. People with a passion for communicating via the written word. Graphic novelists, blogistas, twitter freaks, all of you. I love you all so much.
So introduce yourself the next time you see me, and I'll buy you an adult beverage and ask, "Whatcha reading?"