I like books. One logical extension is to like bookstores. In desperation, I've been known to buy a book at those unseemly places at airports that sell mostly lowest-common-denominator titles.
I have a hard time passing any bookstore, especially the old-fashioned style shop one finds in London, even if I only pause to stare in the window. My bas are always overweight on return trips from England. I have been known to spend time in bookshops in foreign countries, where I do not understand the language.
I have been a sucker for books for as long as I can remember. Perhaps, I inherited this trait from my parents and grandmother. All read regularly. We visited the library together (not the place it is today, as explained by Haley in Modern Family, "where homeless go to the bathroom"). I would roam the stacks discovering new things and giving my imagination free rein. It's not the same as googling (which I use for other purposes).
Since then, I have been buying books and buying books and buying books. I carried books home from Vietnam, where the Army was nice enough to provide boxes of free books each week (as there was little demand, I got first and follow-up picks). The attic is stuffed with boxes of read books; we have two rooms with walls of full bookshelves. If bookshops do disappear, I will have plenty to read. I have read so many books, that I have forgotten all but the main plot of most. I have never regretted reading a good novel a second time.
I am happy that I have lived in a time before real bookshops started dying out. Human life will be sadder, emptier, and less stimulating without books. Mario Brothers may be entertaining, challenging, and colorful, but it stimulated only the inventor's imagination. Google is great from finding stuff, but the plot is boring...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.