I think those of us who reread books are very familiar with the comfort read. It’s the book that gives us comfort when we are feeling down, maybe because we are in a reading slump, perhaps RL is zapping us, work is more stressful than usual, there could be many reasons why we need a comfort read. Romance in general is a comfort genre literature, we know going in that there will be a HEA, but the comfort read is even more so. We’ve already read it, we have taken the journey with the hero/heroine already and we want to take it again because the first time we traveled the road, the trip was so enjoyable. All us rereaders have those books. But I just reread a book I haven’t read in a number of years and I realized that the author herself was a comfort author. I’m speaking of Jayne Ann Krentz. I haven’t read any of her newer books in a few years now, but I loved her books back in the day and each one gave me the warm fuzzies when I read them. Her stories are predictable and I know what I’m going to get and I like it. There are no surprises, just a comfort feeling along with the “I just like these people” thought. I recently purchased as couple more of her back list as ebooks and I know before I even start them that I’ll be feeling literaturely cuddled after I’m finished reading them.
JD Robb gives me a similar feeling when I reread one of the In Death books. I know and really LIKE Eve, Roarke and the gang so it’s a level of contentment when I reread one of their crimes and how they solve it. While her novels are all crime related and seemingly not comfort, still, it’s knowing all the characters so well that makes it so for me.
I’ve been trying to think of other comfort authors but I’m having a hard time thinking of them in terms of authors and not specific books. If it were books I was pondering, I could come up with quite a few, but authors is harder for me.
Anyone have any authors they consider “comfort authors”?