1. Tell my readers a little bit about yourself before we go on.
Well. I’ll start with the most important thing about myself. I am a mother to a very smart and beautiful 2 year old girl named Maria. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006 with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Native American Studies. Both of which I still have a passion for. I see the world a little differently from people. I always say I’d rather have a bleeding heart than one filled with hate and ignorance.
I’ve always been a reader but it wasn’t until after my daughter was born and my personal life started falling apart that I started getting more avid about it. The following summer my mom fought and beat small cell lung cancer and moved in with me. She is the person who gave me my love of reading and when she moved in it was only natural that our house be filled with books.
2. When reading a book that you are reviewing, what are you basically looking forward to when you do read the book?
I just look to be entertained. If the story is good I can forget about all the technical things, like grammar. I see the typos and spelling mistakes but if I am “in” the story they do not matter to me.
I want some originality. Romance is another must for me. I can’t help it. I need it in my books. Don’t get me wrong I like books that don’t have romance but I very rarely “LOVE” them.
3. Is there a specific genre that you read the most? If so, what is it and why?
Zombies. It’s not really a genre. But if you have a zombie book out, I will probably read it.
Horror. Paranormal Romance. I do read Contemporary Romance but it’s not because of any real love of it. I use it like a drink. Sometimes I need to “wash the taste” of the normally dark landscapes I read out of my brain. Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy reading them but it’s like my escape. Book blogging may not be a job but I take it very seriously. If I am reading gore fest after gore fest it can get overwhelming. So a nice fluffy, and steamy Contemp Romance is sometimes needed to relax.
My least favorite things to read: zombie love interests. I. Just. Can’t. Do. It. Nope. Uh huh. The only zombie that I will ever love is Clyde from Tamara Rose Blodgett’s Death Series.
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?
Beta readers are your best friend. Get them. Lots of them. Make sure they are people you trust to be honest and tough with you. Sometimes things just “don’t work” in books. They’ll let you know if something feels forced, if something falls a little flat. So on and so forth. It’s not because the author is untalented. It may just interrupt the flow, or not add anything to the story. I love beta reading. I fear I am not good at it. But I still love to do it.
5. What is probably the best book that you’ve reviewed so far and why did you like it?
Oh that’s a tough one. A lot of the books I get are ARC/Beta copies. I’ve loved every single one of them. I’m going to pick two. I could list a whole slew of them. The first one is: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker. I received a copy of this book for my indie reviews on Parajunkee’s View. It was just so different. I thought I didn’t like fantasy as a genre. I know some very talented authors who write fantasy. Their prose is…wow. But for some reason I just could never let go of reality enough to live in the world. Cornerstone was a first for me. It’s not “high fantasy” but it was still epic. The characters were interesting. Oh I could gush all day.
The second was a beta project for Rhiannon Frater. Dead Spots is beyond amazing and by far the best book I have read this year. Hands down. It’s amazing. It’s unique. It was scary as hell, and Rhiannon’s writing has matured so much. That’s about all I can say about it. Just keep an eye out for it when it releases.
6. Have you ever thought about writing a story yourself? If so, what would you like to write?
I have a story kicking around in my head. It’s a dystopian. Guess what, no zombies either. I know crazy. Beyond that I just don’t know. I haven’t gotten the nerve to just write it. I have a really bad case of writers block. I can usually get to about 3,000 words and then everything falls apart and I lose faith in what I am writing.
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