to read, that is.
Middle-aged women are the biggest readers, the largest group of book purchasers. Therefore, a writer, before setting aside a year to write a book, might want to ask, “What do middle-aged women want to read about?”
It's a question I always ask of readers when I meet them. Many want stories to escape in, or stories where they learn something, about history, or science, or religion. Above all, female readers want sensuality. Color and feelings. Adventure, landscapes, travel. They love moments when they gasp and say, “I've felt like that before!”
Women want to read stories about:
-A female protagonist who sacrifices everything and endures hardship for something she believes in.
-Someone who has lived without love for a long time and discovers true love.
-Someone who leaves (escapes) a life of limitation, and begins a second life of rejuvenation, exploration, and empowerment. Who takes her throne, fulfils her destiny.
-Someone who embarks on a spiritual search for self-discovery.
-Someone who is suddenly needed. Who discovers purpose in her life.
-Someone who, much like an adolescent girl, is frightened, sexual, hopeful, afraid of her new life, her new adventure, but has the gumption to try.
Any other thoughts?