Please welcome Gina Lamm, author of The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, as she talks about the books that inspire a reading writing geek!
by Gina Lamm
Hi there! I’m so happy to be here at Luxury Reading, talking about one of my favorite things. Books, more specifically, the reading of them.
I wouldn’t be a writer if I wasn’t a voracious reader. I’ve been getting sucked into stories my entire life. I was the kid that got in trouble for reading during class time. I had a book wherever I went. My sister and I used to be forbidden to read on long car rides because we didn’t look outside even once.
I don’t remember the name of the first book I read by myself, but I do remember it was about a wolf who lived in a house. I was probably four at the time. I think the cover was yellow, with pinkish orange dots on the front?
When I was in elementary school, I devoured the entire library section devoted to the undergrade levels. I went to a teensy tiny private school, so it didn’t take long. In desperation, when I was in second grade, I begged to be allowed to venture into the high school section of the library. Mrs. B relented, hesitant at first, but then she “hired me” as a proofreader for the library. I got to read the books before anyone else, and I told her if there was anything that needed noting on them. (Teeny school, remember. Very strict.)
SciFi, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Horror, Thriller, if it sat still long enough I read it. I prided myself on devouring the works of the most unusual authors for a high school student. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook. But there were my mother’s romances too. Catherine Coulter, LaVyrle Spencer, Kathleen Woodiwiss. These were the people that inspired me, that drew me into their words and their worlds and made me want to stay.
In college and after, I didn’t read as much. Real life was more interesting, for a while. Being married, having responsibilities and freedom, I just didn’t have time to spend on reading. I missed it though, without even realizing it. It wasn’t until a friend of mine shared a popular YA book with me that I remembered.
I loved to read.
I devoured that book, and all the books after it. I realized that ebooks were amazing, instant, and readily available. I bought book after book, old favorites, new authors. I discovered that I loved paranormal romance, and I quickly ran through the highlights of the genre. I bought historicals, contemporaries, and erotic, but most of all, romance. I wanted that escape. I needed it. I craved it.
But as my bank account balance dwindled, and I came across a handful of books that weren’t so tempting, I realized I had to slow down. My rate of consumption was outpacing my wallet. I’d have to do something to entertain myself, to slow the massive outpouring of funding into my ereader.
“Heck, I can make up something for myself to read,” I huffed after DNFing a particularly disappointing story. “It’ll entertain me at least as much as that book.”
So I did. And it grew. It grew and it grew until it was a real book. I shared that book with friends, who loved it. And then I realized something.
I’d loved books my entire life. I’d loved reading my entire life. What could be more fun than pursuing a career full of stories?
So I did. I haven’t stopped writing since then. And now, years later, I have two pen names, six published works, three more contracts, and a passionate desire to keep rockin’ the writing world. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl is my first true mainstream novel, but it won’t be the last. I’m determined to entertain other women like me. The women that can’t get enough of the written word.