I've subscribed to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for over 30 years now, both their print editions and, now, their Kindle editions. You might say I'm a dedicated mystery/crime fiction aficionado.
Favorite authors include, in no particular order: Dick Francis, Ken Follett, Rex Stout, Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich (The Stephanie Plum series is delightful), Robert B. Parker, Alice Kimberly, Mary Higgins Clark, Dave Barry, P. J. O'Rourke, Patrick F. McManus, Ayn Rand, and John LeCarre.
Other writers I've enjoyed sometimes and not others include: Stephen King (I've enjoyed his earlier works, but not his later ones), Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Archer, Elmore Leonard, Stuart Woods, Dean Koontz, and Tom Clancy.
Finally, the one author who created in me my love of reading - Edgar Allan Poe. He captured a young boy's imagination and instilled a sense of the fantastic that has never died.
I love orchids. They have almost nothing to do with my writing except my favorite fictional detective is Nero Wolfe, and he also loved orchids. He had a greenhouse built on the top of his brownstone home. It was divided into four rooms - hot, medium, cold, and a potting room. There he kept 10,000 orchids in pampered splendor. Above this you see a Vanda (top) and Phaleanopsis (bottom). Below clockwise from top left: Cattleya, Dendrobium, Phaleanopsis, and the same Cattleya.
Sitting on the deck of the Pelekanos bar on Santorini (in the city of Oia) enjoying the local beer, Yellow Donkey
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~ Groucho Marx