I like to read. That’s one reason I volunteer to tutor first and second grade students who are struggling in learning to read. I feel that if I can help them see the fun in reading, they will work harder for their classroom teacher learning phonics, sight words and all the other things which go into learning to read.
One thing which adds to my enjoyment of reading is when a book is set in an area I’ve either lived in or visited. Elaine Viets was a columnist for a local newspaper in my area for a number of years. That’s where I first learned to enjoy her writing. Then she and her husband moved away.
Somewhere along the line, she started writing mysteries. In the beginning, she set them in St. Louis. While some of the locations were thinly disguised, a lot of them were places you could drive to today. That local flavor added to the story.
Now Elaine lives in Florida and her stories are set in Fort Lauderdale. I’ve visited there but I don’t know that area well. However, I think I’d recognize some of it if I went back. Elaine had described it to me.