1. Tell my readers a little bit about yourself before we go on.
I’m a wife, the mother of four children, and the author of The Claiming Words. I live in the St Louis area. I’m a book junkie and a coffee addict.
2. When reading a book that you are reviewing, what are you basically looking forward to when you do read the book?
I’m looking for a great story. I always review books based on my gut feeling as a reader. In my review, I will mention plot holes or inconsistencies, but rarely will I let formatting or occasional grammatical errors interfere with my enjoyment. I also look for likeable characters and realistic dialogue.
3. Is there a specific genre that you read the most? If so, what is it and why?
If you’d asked me that question a year ago, I would have said fantasy or paranormal romance without hesitation. Honestly, I’ll read almost anything: Chick-lit, literary fiction, romance, mystery, thrillers.
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?
Characters are everything. You have to write likable characters the reader can relate to. Now, that isn’t to say your character can’t be flawed. Every character should be flawed just enough to make him or her human. Sometimes your characters’ flaws are what drive the story forward. Your characters will often make decisions the reader doesn’t agree with, but there needs to be a logical thought process behind what your characters do. The reader might get frustrated or angry with some of the things the character does, but the reader needs to understand why the character acted in such a way or made the decisions he made.
Another thing I’d like to mention is dialogue. Nothing turns me off faster than stiff, unrealistic dialogue. Read your dialogue out loud to yourself if you have to. Great dialogue is one of the most important elements to a great story.
5. What is probably the best book that you’ve reviewed so far and why did you like it?
Oh, my gosh. I don’t how I’ll be able to choose because I’ve reviewed books in such a wide range of genres. For fantasy, I’d have to say White Mountain by Sophie Tallis because it was so action packed and fast paced. For mystery/romance, I’d choose Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz because it had all the elements of a good story: mystery, romance, and humor.
6. Have you ever thought about writing a story yourself? If so, what would you like to write?
I’m the author of The Claiming Words, the first book in a multicultural fantasy/romance series for young adults. I tend to write paranormal YA, though I’ve also written mainstream fiction which has not been published.
My review website is: http://www.authorstowatch.triciadrammeh.com/