Ednah Walters, the author of Betrayed, dropped by the virtual offices to share her favorite books read when she was a teen. I love asking this question – let’s see what she has to say!
The Books I read when I was a Teen by Ednah Walters
Hahaha, this is a good one. First of all, we didn’t have variety in books like you do today. No designated YA or teen books, so I read grownup books. Then to make matters worse, I went to a boarding school ran by nuns during my middle and high school years, which meant only church approved books.
In my early teens, I was still reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Nuns loved those ones. Then I discovered my older sister’s romance novels—Silhouette, Harlequin and Mills & Boons. I read these during holidays and carried some to school to trade with my friends. Of course, we had to hide them during inspection. Half the time, I used a flashlight to read late into the night after lights were out.
It may surprise you to know that these adult romance books were so tame by comparison to adult romance of today. In fact, they were tamer than the present YA, where the hero and heroine can make out. In my teen years, the adult romance had no kissing until the end of the book. In fact, the hero had to ask for the woman’s hand in marriage first before kissing her.
In my late teens I continued reading romance, but I got into other genres—espionage, medical thrillers, political fiction. So other than Janet Dailey (one of the most successful romance writer during my teens) and Barbara Cartland, who wrote historical romance with dukes and duchesses and the other rakes of the ton, I also read Robert Ludlum (Bourne series), Mario Puzo (Godfather and the Sicilian), Tom Clancy and other male writers. In fact, there were very few female writers in other genres, except romance.
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