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What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Most of the books I read fall into the paranormal or fantasy category. I enjoy the extraordinary powers/magic of the characters and the beautiful settings. I love escaping into the pages of those types of books. I also really enjoy books that have a romantic element to them or an especially strong friendship. Those types of human connections ground some of the more fantastic stories and help make them more real.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

My absolute favorite book is Beauty by Robin McKinley. I’ve always enjoyed reading fairy tales and Beauty took it to a whole new level with characters that come to life in my mind and a setting that speaks to all my senses. I read it for the first time when I was ten or eleven, and since then, I’ve read it many times. No other book has ever been able to replace it.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

In all the years I’ve been reading, there are only two books I did not finish reading. I’ve found that most books have some sort of redeeming quality even if they miss the mark in other areas.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

I would stop reading a book if it had an unsympathetic hero and/or heroine. I’m also very annoyed by characters react to certain situations in completely unrealistic ways.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

This is a very hard question to answer. My favorite books are very dear to me, and books don’t always translate well into movies. Something inevitably gets left out or changed in a way that leaves me saying, “The book was better!” However, I have seen some really great movies based on books. So I would say The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It is one of my favorite books with a wonderful main character, a compelling plot, and an interesting setting. I think if done right, it would make a great movie.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

1. Eagle En Garde by Olga Godim
2. Fallen Grace by Katie Roman
3. Forever Beside You in Time by Bess McBride
4. Lydia’s Christmas Charade by Saralee Etter
5. Lord Love a Duke by Renee Reynolds
6. The Gull Motel by Amie Denman
7. Fairy Nuff by Jane Killick
The Lycan Hunter by Kelsey Jordan
Pandora’s Jar by Sharron Riddle
Close Encounter with a Crumpet by Fleeta Cunningham

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  1. I am enjoying the interviews and learning more about the reviewers.

  2. I agree. Some books don’t translate well to the big (or small) screen.

  3. Your point about not finishing a book and why brings up my situation right now. I’m reading a book (title and author shall remain unnamed) that is 3rd in a trilogy with 3 interspersed novellas. So far I have enjoyed the first 2 novels and 2 novellas. It’s this 3rd book that is troubling me. I don’t want to not finish it so I find myself skipping through pages looking for key points that will bring the book to its conclusion. I hope the 3rd novella will be equal to the previous 2 books & novellas.

  4. Is your list of top ten books rated in order?

  5. No books I love have become good movies. Even LOTR had stuff missing.

    Good interview 🙂

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