1. Tell us a little bit about yourself for our viewers?
First of all, thanks for having me. I think this is a great idea! Well, let’s see; I’ve been married for 44 years, 3 kids, 6 grandkids, 2 great grandkids. I thought I was retired but it turns out I’m not! I love to read, play the piano (not very well), scrapbook, knit, crochet, and bead. I have way more hobbies than I have room for in my house. When the phone company laid me off in 2008 I finally had the time to read again and work on all those different hobbies. I focused on reading and beading and opened a little shop on Etsy selling bracelets and earrings to help keep all my hobbies going. It has since expanded to include book thongs and key rings that I customize for authors to use as swag for their book launches and contests. I also became involved in a group on Facebook that is full of some truly amazing people and, through that group, I found myself embarking on another new career, proofreading; one where I get to do what I love and get paid for it. So far, I’ve found it very rewarding and I’ve found many new authors that I’ll be following in the future. My days are pretty full.
2. What genre do you enjoy reading about and why?
I am a romance reader, I enjoy a good mystery now and then but my heart belongs to the romance genre. My favorite within romance would have to be paranormal; I’m a Vamp girl. I think the reason I am so drawn to romance is the full spectrum of emotions that are found in them. A good writer will make you feel every one of those emotions as you read their book. Most romance novels are just romance, either. Most of them have some sort of mystery and intrigue to be worked through before you get to the HEA.
3. Who are your favorite authors and why.
Och, there are so many! Karen Marie Moning, Lynsay Sands, Molly Harper all because of their humor and sarcasm (I love sarcasm). Each of these authors have made me laugh out loud on many occasions, I think because the stories they write have a bit of everyday truth and experiences in them. Then I have to mention J.R. Ward, my all-time favorite. Again, she injects just the right amount of realism into her writing and yet she has you living in a completely different world when you read her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She sucks you in and you become a part of that world. James Patterson and Lisa Gardner are also favorites of mine because of their ‘gritty’ style.
4. Who is your favorite characters (both hero and heroine)?
Favorite hero would have to be Zadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger series. The things that he was willing to sacrifice and do to make Bella proud of him, and the love he shows for Bella and Nalla are such a change from where he started out, you can’t help but love the guy, and admire him for all the struggles he goes through. I think my favorite heroine would have to be Rosalia from Victoria Roberts’ Temptation in a Kilt. Her sheer tenacity and determination to change her circumstances for the better make you cheer her on and you want to see her continue pushing onward and succeed. There is no whining or pouting from Rosalia, she determines what needs to be done and then does it with no hesitation.
5. If you can tell us authors anything as far as your thoughts on what we write about, what would you say?
I can’t even begin to imagine what being an author must be like. I read interviews with authors and they talk about their characters literally talking to them about their stories; it boggles my mind. I have such admiration for all of you and I’m very grateful that you’re out here doing what you do. I think the world would be a very dull place to be if we didn’t have your imaginations to give us a break from our daily grind. So, I would say thank you for taking us from our world into yours.
6. Who would you go out on a date with from a story you love and what would you love to do?
This is an easy one, it would have to be Daegus MacKeltar from Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series and he would take me on a long, walking tour of the Highlands surrounding the MacKeltar estate; we would end up cuddled in front of a massive fireplace sipping a little wine and discussing our day together. The End.
7. What kind of stories would you like to read about that you haven’t seen out yet?
See, this is where I become envious of you and your ability to write. I’ve had this idea in my head for a few years now and I have absolutely no clue what to do with it. It would be a book, maybe a series, about a parallel universe of vampires and the human heroine who stumbles across the portal between the two worlds.
8. When you look for a book, do you go by word of mouth from a friend, reading the blurb or reading the reviews about the book itself?
Actually, I look at the cover first. If that intrigues me then I read the blurb and go from there. I rarely go by reviews because everybody’s taste is different and I think you could miss out on some great reads if you only go by reviews.
9. What kind of swag do you like getting from some of your favorite authors when they have contest or release parties? What would you like to see them give out?
I enjoy getting bookmarks and cover cards from authors. It’s nice to get bookmarks, key rings, T-shirts, things that you can actually use. I love getting cover art too!! Especially if it’s signed by the author and/or the cover mode.
10. Tell us what you are currently reading or what you have finished reading and what you liked about it?
Right now I’m listening to 4th Grave Beneath my Feet by Darynda Jones. I love her Charley Davidson series. It has that sarcasm in it that I love, but also has the mystery and hotness factors to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens, and with whom.
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