I also Cussler, Clancey, Chrighton, Grisham, Preston & Child... historical fiction, mystery, action & adventure. These are often set in places that I've been, or want to go.
I always have music playing in the background. I like a wide range of styles. Dave Mathews Band, Eminem, Portishead, Black Keys... Beethoven and The Beatles deserve every accolade they've gotten.