Change is the lifeblood of a good story. In many a book, change is the catalyst, the event or realization from which everything begins. In my first ever published book (Desert Warrior) the story starts with the heroine walking out of the airport, having left her old life behind in pursuit of a love she once threw away. The same kind of change marked my debut single title Slave to Sensation – here, the heroine’s own mind starts to rebel against the restrictions she’s placed on it, forcing her to seek a better way…or die.
Now, as readers, we don’t face the same high stakes. If we don’t change our reading choices, we’re not going to find ourselves running from death (I hope), but we might just face stagnation. Have you ever had those days where nothing in your 500book to-be-read pile seems interesting? What’s your method for dealing with such a situation?
Personally, I’ve often found that change is the key. It’s at those times that I pick up books I might never have picked up otherwise. Sometimes these chance picks prove to be fantastic, introducing me to new authors, new worlds. At other times, they make me appreciate the tried and true.
What’s your opinion? Is a change in reading habits a breath of fresh air, or is it more trouble than it’s worth? For those of you who have tried something different lately, did you discover any treasures?
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Nalini Singh has travelled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan. However, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. Currently writing the next book in her bestselling Psy/Changeling series—about a race with no emotions, and the sensual changelings who challenge their perfect Silence—she can be found via her website: http://www.nalinisingh.com, or hanging out at her blog: http://www.nalinisingh.blogspot.com.