For many years, I was a die-hard mystery reader, about 1 or 2 books a week. I even ran a book club for mystery lovers. And, I was a judge for the Arthur Ellis awards and read ~50 books in four months! Then I turned the hobby into academic study. Then I began writing the Sasha Jackson mysteries.
I now find it very difficult to read mysteries. As it is, I don't read much fiction, and when I do, it's less and less common that the book I pick up will be a whodunit.
If I'm in writing mode, or in the planning stages of a new Sasha Jackson Mystery, then reading a mystery feels like work. And, whether I'm in writing mode or not, reading fiction is not as relaxing as it once was. I subconsciously pick it apart, edit and revise it in my head as I read, and wonder why the author said this or wrote that.
I don't seem to be this way (or, at least not nearly as much) with non-fiction. I imagine that's because I don't write nonfiction (YET!!!) and because the subject matter(s) I read about are so varied that I'm busy learning about the Civil War, or Beer, or Memory rather than internally critiquing it.
Other Authors: how has writing shaped your own reading choices?