I did a "Google" search on Joyce Carol Oats and they said she was born in New York. You said your search said she's from our neck of the woods. Are you from NY?
Or did you search Debbie Macomber, who is from Port Orchard, WA?
Do you have a Dollar Tree or Dollar Store there? It's a good place to get novels. Also, we have a Friends of the Library sale occasionally. I think I'll try to go to the next one. I heard you can get a lot of good finds, reasonably and it benefits the library problem, too.
Thrift stores, estate sales, and rummage sales or garage sales are good places to find books cheap, too.
I'm going to send away for "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine," and "Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine," next week to study, read and get the "feel" of mystery and suspense stories. It will be interesting to read something new.
Dmom wanted me to be an RN, a dream unattained for herself because of marriage and my being born, etc... I used to go to the library in town, check out nurse story books, found them to be rather boring, so I sneaked checking out Alfred Hitchcock books of short stories. I hid them, always displayed the nurse books, to keep Dmom very happy, but I was having a ball reading the creepy stories.
I, now, as an elder person, think Dmom would have been happy that I was just READING and it wouldn't have mattered to her WHAT genre it was!