Mrs. Richardson has a special interest in Scottish literature; her Master's thesis at Duke was on Sunset Song (1932) by Scottish novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and she likes reading novels by contemporary Scottish writers, including Muriel Spark, James Kelman, and Irvine Welsh. She especially enjoys the mystery/detective fiction of Val McDermid and Ian Rankin.
Southern writing is another interest of Mrs. Richardson, and while teaching both Mississippi Writers and Southern Writers courses at MSMS, she enjoyed discussing and writing about the preponderance of unmarried women characters--"old maids"--in Southern fiction. She contributed a chapter about Mississippi writers to a Mississippi Studies textbook (Parker, Joseph, ed. Mississippi Studies: Emergence of Modern Mississippi. Jackson, Miss.: Magnolia Press, 1995.). She continues reading as much contemporary Southern writing as possible, including works by Rick Bragg, Larry Brown, Charles Frazier, and Kaye Gibbons. While working on "Advanced Certification" at Campbell University, she was a student of North Carolina novelist Clyde Edgerton, whose novels are among her favorites.
Below are sketches of William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage and William Shakespeare's birthplace drawn by Mrs. Richardson's students.