1. Tell my readers a little bit about yourself before we go on.
My name is Penelope Anne. I live in Wisconsin, and most kids around the world have worn clothing that was once made in the city I call home - Oshkosh. I am happily married, with two grown sons and a teenage daughter. We were/are a homeschooling family. We started when the kids would have started school and all of them will graduate from home. I love the arts - music, acting, painting, and writing. I dabble in almost everything. I love to get lost in literature or crafts because it allows me to forget about the chronic pain and illness that I live with each day.
2. When reading a book that you are reviewing, what are you basically looking forward to when you do read the book?
I have been reading since I was two, and thus I was reading at a college level since the age of 8. I need a book to stmulate my imagination, and draw me into the story to earn a coveted 5 Star review. I am known as the #opinionatedreviewer because I give me honest opinion when I read and review a book. I do believe though that a book should be more than words laying flat on a page, they need to pop out and enter the mind of the reader. I love a book that sparks my imagination, makes me cry, makes me laugh, or touches my soul.
3. Is there a specific genre that you read the most? If so, what is it and why?
As I have been reading to review since 1999, I read all genres, but there are some that I like more than others. I am seriously into the macabre, the paranoormal, and the just plain weird. I am also an incredible fan of historical fiction. I just really find though that I have never been able to narrow anything down to one favorite though.
4. If you could tell us fellow authors anything from the reviewer’s point of view to make our stories better, what would it be?
Edit. Edit some more, and then listen to your editor! I think people do not realize that self-editing is not a good idea, because everyone is human and will make mistakes. Editors are key to the industry, they help the author create a polished product to bring to market. There is nothing more unappealing to a reader than a book riddled with errors, and not crafted into a consistent story.
5. What is probably the best book that you’ve reviewed so far and why did you like it?
Oh know, calling me out on the mat for a review, I just cannot narrow it down easily though. I am going to have to lock it into three books which I have read within the past month...
Inheritance by S.K. Whiteside, Rune by JH Glaze and Dark Deceit by Lauren Dawes. Remember authors, those are just the month of June 2013 read to reviews.
6. Have you ever thought about writing a story yourself? If so, what would you like to write?
In fact, yes I have. I am published the anthology, A Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST. I am also working on a few other anthology submissions, and my first full length novel. I have been a freelance writer in the past for nonfiction articles, but would love to get more out there in the market. I lean more towards wanting to write historical, horror or paranormal genre. I currently have two stories that I have in active progress... a historical romance and a Young Adult novel.
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