Reader Interview – Beth

Beth is another friend I met on Facebook, and I can’t really remember how or when we weren’t FB friends. She is also one of my beloved Beta Readers, I trust her and value her opinion. She was gracious enough to agree to answer some questions for me, and I love getting different perspectives on authors and books. If you are interested in being interviewed, hit me up!

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1. DS: Which male book character would you want to spend the day with, and which female character? What would you do with each of them? Hang out with each separately or alone?

Beth: I would pick Eggie Ray and just stay at home. I don’t know which female, maybe Beth from BDB. Then I could meet all the brothers. Separately.

DS: I would want to meet all the brothers, as well. Separately but then all together as well, I love the dynamic between them.

2. DS: Which author would you like to hang out with, and what would you spend the time doing?

Beth: I couldn’t pick just one. Shelly Laurenston and TA Gray. Would like to just be able to sit and visit with them, coffee and a meal, just like you would a neighbor. Talking and learning more about them.

DS. I would love to sit and hang out with you and Sue someday. Talk about books and authors, maybe all hang out and prepare a meal together, or go to a Barnes and Noble somewhere and sit for a few hours.

3. DS: What is your favorite genre, and do you ever go outside that genre?

Beth: Romance/paranormal romance and yes, I will read other books. I also like mysteries and adventure books. Nothing depressing or really sad.

4. DS: What makes you want to try a new author?

Beth: I always check B&N for new book releases. If it catches my interest I’ll buy. I also check sometimes for free books and take advantage of them. If I like it and it is part of a series, they have me and I will end up buying the series.

5. DS: What influences you more, the back blurb or the cover?

Beth: Absolutely the cover. I read ebooks now so no back covers.

6. DS: Do you read reviews? Do you write reviews?

Beth: Yes, I usually read other peoples reviews. Hate to admit I very seldom leave one myself. I am trying to do better now that I realize how important it is to the author.

DS: I’m the same, I’ve gotten better about leaving reviews now that I know how essential they are. I have a hard time figuring out what to say sometimes, without spoiling anything. Although, poor reviews won’t necessarily stop me from reading a book, just as good reviews don’t always mean I will like it.

7. DS: If you could ask any author any question, what would it be?

Beth: Jennifer Ashley, TA Gray & Shelly Laurenson. (Again, I could not pick just one). I love all of their books. I think my question would be how they come up with their characters and the different all the different personalities.

8. DS: What book would you like made into a movie?

Howl For It by Shelly Laurenston. I don’t know what it is about that book, but I just love it. Have read it numerous times. On the other hand, movies are rarely as good as the books.

9. DS: Any book or author pet peeves?

Beth: Why do we have to wait for the next book? Hurry up and write!

I know, I am impatient too, and this time it’s with myself for not having book two out yet. 🙂

10. DS: If you could mix and match pairings from different series/authors, what characters would you put together?

Beth: Eggie Smith, Mercury Warrant and Zsadist or Rhage

Reader Interview – Kim Stone

Kim Stone, a long time Facebook friend of mine, agreed to let me interview her. Hers was a fun brain to pick. 🙂stone

DS: Which male book character would you want to spend the day with, and which female character? What would you do with each of them? Hang out with each separately or alone?

Kim: Rhage from BDB, we would sit down to last meal together.

Cat from the Night Huntress series, we would talk about Bones for hours.

Hang out separately.

DS: Just about any Brother would be amazing to hang out with. My top two would be Zsadist or Vishous, but Rhage, yeah. I can see spending time with him. When I think of him, I picture him holding the moon in the palm of his hand.

DS: Which author would you like to hang out with, and what would you spend the time doing?

Kim: JR WARD, I’d spend the time grilling her about the BDB series.

DS: My brother is also a fan of the BDB series and we have always said we would love to have some time to walk around in her head.

DS: What is your favorite genre, and do you ever go outside that genre?

Kim: Favourite is very hard to pick, I love paranormal, YA , NA, M/M, Urban fantasy as well as Menage.

Yes for book group we pick books from every genre.

DS: What makes you want to try a new author?

Kim: Recommendations from friends, winning free books, genre I like.

DS: What influences you more, the back blurb or the cover?

Kim: Neither really, if it’s an Author I like I will read, if it’s a genre I like I read.

I mostly read ebooks,so no back blurb and the cover is irrelevant.

DS: That blurb, so hard to write! I think it’s the thing I agonize over the most about writing.

DS: Do you read reviews? Do you write reviews?

Kim: Yes I read reviews. Yes I write a few reviews..I always rate on Goodreads cos I can just star rate without words.

DS: If you could ask any author any question, what would it be?

Kim: Why does it take so long for the next book to come out????? * tapping foot*

DS: *swallows hard* I know, I know! It’s so hard, I’m impatient to write as much as possible but life seems to have other ideas. As a reader, it’s the same, I want to know what happens right away, I hate when a book ends.

DS: What book would you like made into a movie?

Kim: I have loathed just about every movie made from a book, they never put EVERY part of the book in,so I say LEAVE IT THE FUCK ALONE!!!

Yeah, I agree. The only good thing is maybe it brings people to the book who wouldn’t have read it otherwise? Maybe.

DS: Any book or author pet peeves?

Kim: Pet Peeve….”I let go a breath, I didn’t know I was holding” HELLO, the only time I hold my breathe is under water. END OF!!! One star penality in my review.

DS: Ah, this one is a tough call for me. I am sure I have used phrasing similar at some point. But then, there are times I’ve gotten so intense about something that I didn’t realize I had stopped breathing. It could be from pain, or anger, fear…

DS: If you could mix and match pairings from different series/authors, what characters would you put together?

Kim: Anita Blake, Cat Crawford, Mercy Thompson, Rose Hathaway and Riley Jenson.

DS: Can you list some of your favorite scenes from various books?

Kim: Adrian Ivashkov to Rose ..” Y…y…you broke my h.. h… heart”

Thank you for letting me interview you, Kim 🙂

(Photo provided by Kim and used with her permission)

How can we help each other?

I’m trying to find ways to increase my visibility, find new readers and get the word out about the series I am working on. Book one, Set Adrift, is out already.

I’ve found that many authors are willing to help, offer advice, and want to be supportive. Part of the problem is that there are only so many hours in a day. The desire to help a new author may conflict with deadlines and such. Marketing takes up the lion’s share of an author’s time. Writing isn’t my full time job, and I don’t anticipate that it ever will be. I’ve toyed with the idea of a street team for a very long time. I was on one briefly a long time ago. They are a great idea and I finally did it, with prompting from a friend. I had sort of dismissed the idea, since I am such a new and unknown author. It seemed presumptuous. It may well be, but the fact is that I suck at marketing myself. I enlisted the help of some very good friends and ardent supporters of my writing. They may be as shy as I am, and we will have to figure things out as we go along. But I think that once they get started, it will be a good thing.

I digress. Staying on task is not my strong suit. Time. I was talking about time, and how there just isn’t enough of it. I think though, if we all devote part of our time we spend on social media pimping not just ourselves but other authors as well, it will benefit us all. There seems to be some sense of competition among writers/authors. I don’t think there should be. We can’t possibly write more than anyone can read. Readers aren’t going to read our book and then stop reading until we get another one into their waiting hands. They want to know what to read while they wait for the next one, though. That’s an opportunity we have, to help each other out. Also, reviews. We all want more reviews, honest reviews. And again, there is an opportunity to help another author. This requires us to read, however. And we all have a TBR list a mile long. Who has time to read? We are trying to publish our next book and keep ourselves relevant. We have to make time.

It’s about community, not competition. Miriam Webster defines community as a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community entry g.)

My goal is to read and review at least one book per month. I need to try to stay within the genres I normally read, at least at first. I am finishing a book of poetry at the moment, something far outside my norm. I am trying to figure out how to review something so outside my realm, so the next few will be books that I would pick up and read without a second thought, at least to get into the habit of reading and reviewing once again. To me, this is essential. First of all, how can I ask people for reviews when I don’t do them myself? Secondly, my love of reading is what prompted me to start writing. It inspires me, sharpens my mind, and gives me a much needed break from myself at times. Some books are a cautionary tale, teaching me what to avoid or what I, as a reader, like or don’t like. Some books are like a holy grail, showing me what I could someday aspire to. Either way, reading is essential.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

Some of you reading this are probably wondering what I could possibly know about any of this. I’m a new author. Does this come across as me being an obnoxious upstart? Possibly, I suppose it could seem that way. I’m not though. Promise. I may have just recently published, but I’ve been writing for awhile. I don’t know all the ins and outs of marketing or of publishing, not by a long shot. I have a million questions and every time I think I have a handle on things for the moment, a million more questions arise. But I am pretty good when it comes to human nature. I am cognizant of the pitfalls of seeing people as competitors instead of members of one’s community. In school, I was in a fraternity that stressed the importance of helping each other. I learned quickly when to compete and when to extend a hand. It was the most important thing I learned in grad school I think.

There are a couple of authors that have been extremely kind, acting as a mentor and truly being a friend. One that comes to mind immediately is Kallypso Masters. That woman is one of the most gracious and down to earth people, she is selfless and caring and was a huge help, a tremendous resource to me when she could have just as easily brushed me off and not taken me seriously. There are books I would love to discuss with people. I will feature authors and books here regularly. But also, I will be featuring readers. They are so amazing, so supportive. And I really am interested in hearing what they have to say.