When I'm reading a pretty compelling book, I find myself having imaginary conversations with the writer. We discuss character quirks. Plot detours. Certain lines and phrases that are particularly felicitous.
I find myself rather erudite on a surprising number of topics. In fact, I'm sometimes so eloquent that certain authors, alive or dead, encourage me to pursue a writing career.
Some of my best conversational encounters have been with John D. MacDonald, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer), Lawrence Block (the Hit Man series for some reason), Thomas Perry, P. G. Wodehouse (I speak in an English accent of course) and Donald Westlake (especially John Dortmunder).
How about you guys?