I personally have read many novels. When I want another novel to read, I’ll often look specifically for books written by authors I already know I like. If I cannot find a book written by one of those familiar authors, I may decide to read a novel by an author I don’t know.
I’m not the only reader that does this. Many readers do it, according to this dialog from goodreads.com. Wouldn’t liking an author imply that we must know something about the author? There may be a biographical blurb about the author on the book jacket, but that’s not what causes us to like the author.
We like the author because we enjoy reading books he or she has written. What is it we like about a particular author? My research revealed that readers may like an author’s voice. According to an article on About.com, Fiction Writing, written by Ginny Wiehardt, voice is the quality of the author’s unique writing style. The author’s voice may reflect attitudes, personality and character of the author.
Voice is often referred to as style. What do you think? Does an author’s voice, or style, influence you to choose books by that particular writer over others?