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Why did you become a reviewer?

I started reviewing books when an author offered me a free copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I had never left reviews prior to that. I began to notice authors were putting that paragraph in the back of the book asking the reader to leave a review, so I thought it was a way to support authors, which I was more than happy to do. My very first review I posted on Amazon was a bust at first when about five minutes after the review went live a professional reviewer marked it as “unhelpful” and said I didn’t actually “review the book”, whatever that meant. So, for a while after that I was a bit gun shy. I started working on improving my reviews and then signed up to Netgalley and blog tours. After a lot of hard work, and still much more to learn and improve on, I found myself a top Amazon reviewer and a top reviewer on Goodreads I now “sing for my supper” by reviewing books free of charge to support my massive book addiction.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Romantic suspense is my “go to” genre because it combines my two favorite genres.. Romance and Mystery.

I also read all sub- genres of mystery from hard boiled detective novels to cozy mysteries. In romance, I read contemporary more than I used to , but historical is still my favorite. I’m a little burned out on regency at the moment but never ever turn down a hot highlander or a Medieval novel. I love the deep history usually woven into the these two sub- genres.

I also enjoy biographies, performance arts, pop culture, historical fiction, true crime, and some fantasy novels.

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

Well, if you mean in my teen years.. I started reading adult novels at about 13 years old after reading Little House on the Prairie novels and Nancy Drew. I read The Great Gatsby in school and although I was not a fan of most assigned novels in school, this one struck a cord with me. I actually absorbed most of the things the author was trying to convey. To this day, this is still one my favorite novels.

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

The one thing I do which drives some people crazy, is read books out of order. I don’t do it intentionally, but I sometimes I pick up a book on sale without realizing it was a part of a series and since I got started in the middle of things I have to go back and look up the previous books in the series. I have had people scream at me for doing that, but what can I say? I’m not the most organized reader in the world.

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

I am an extreme introvert.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Super bad punctuation. I can stand a typo here or there and since it’s been quite a few years since I was in school, I don’t always catch little grammatical errors, but if you don’t use commas, misuse quotations, apostrophes, semi colons, or anything else that impedes the progress of the novel so I can’t make heads or tales of what is going on, then I have to stop.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

To Kill a Mockingbird – This book is ageless and timeless. The themes explored in this novel tap into the exact same issues we struggle with today. The lessons learned from this book are ones I keep in my mind and heart always.

Pride and Prejudice – This book may be the perfect romance novel. It is the one in which all romance novels borrow from in one way or another and Mr. Darcy is every girl’s perfect hero and book boyfriend. Anytime someone wants to trash romance, I remind them of this book and so many other great works in literature which are really romance novels. You can’t argue with that.

Jane Eyre This book was one of those required reading novels in school which I found boring. However, as an adult with a more open mind I re-read the book, and it awakened a love of Gothic novels which has lead me to a wonderful wealth of novels I never would have tried otherwise.

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

In the Woods by Tana French. I’m not usually a big fan of books being make into films. Hollywood rarely gets it right and for some reason the translation loses something when it’s transferred from print to film. There are a few notable exceptions of course, but IF this book was treated with the respect it deserves it was be a great movie. It’s got lots mystery, suspense, human frailty, and loads of twist and turns. It is just an outstanding novel and could possibly translate well on the big screen.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

Invisibility – not really because I wish to exercise the power for some altruistic purpose, but because I just wish I could go unnoticed in social situations.

Describe your perfect reading space.

My bedroom is where I do a lot of reading. It’s cozy with subdued lighting and books are stacked all round the bed on the end table, dresser, and shelves. It is also a favorite place my cats like to be which creates a relaxing environment to lose myself in a good book.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

Harper Lee. If she were able health wise, I would love to explore the place she grew up, tour the city, the home she lived in, and take in the history of the place and allow her to tap into her memories to get a glimpse into who she really is. and what makes her tick. I would ask her about her influences, about writing the perfect novel, about her life now, her influence on other authors and if she had it to over what if anything would she change and I wonder what she thinks about the changes in publishing over the years and what her take is on the digital age.

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

Well, I am going to have to pass on this one. I don’t know if I have even read ten books for your site yet, since I haven’t been a member a full year. Some serious issues over the summer has me backlogged pretty bad and I am just now beginning to make some headway on my reviews. I do hope to turn in many for reviews for LASR in 2015.

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  1. Invisibility would be a very handy superpower!

  2. I have had to go back and buy books in a series because I started it in the middle.

  3. Enjoyed reading your interview. IMHO, I think Hollywood does a good job translating the current batch of dystopian themed books to film. I don’t like to read that genre, but I do enjoy watching the films. The film clarifies the book for me.

  4. Barbara Elness says:

    Interesting that you would choose invisibility as a super power. That’s something that you could have a lot of fun with, but for me, I’d choose teleportation. I hate sitting in traffic. 😀

  5. I read books out of order too. Sometimes that just happens. Not all covers show a book being part of a series.

    Good and thoughtful interview 🙂

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