Posted by Jeanne Adams Apr 8 2013, 3:24 am
So all of us are readers, right?
We’re the ones who were “born with a book in our hands” and who are reading in the carpool lane, or in the doctor’s waiting room, or on the metro, subway, bus or train, and miss our stops. We’re the people who keep a running list of books we’re waiting to see “appear” on the bookshelf or in the Kindle or Nook “Forthcoming Books” list.
And, if you’re like me, you have a list of those books you WISH the author had written – the sequel, the prequel, the sidekick’s story – a book that just never got to market, for whatever reason. Thanks to the new face of publishing, with independent publishing and e-books, sometimes authors can give you that book. Sometimes now, you see that wonderful story you’ve always wanted appearing, like magic, on the Amazon or Nook bestseller list.
Then there’s the book-out-of-the-blue, that you never expected to like, and never expected to WANT to like. A story you stumble across or someone recommends, that just POW! hits you. You then read everything that author ever wrote and anxiously look them up on GoodReads or Wikipedia, praying that they’re still writing, still producing that series, or those stories.
Like you, I’m always reading. It recharges my batteries, both as a person and as a writer. Something about escaping into a storyteller’s world – an alternate reality, if you will – lets me relax, and enjoy and get away just enough to be able to come back to my “real” world a better, more able to cope person.
What’s a book you wish an author had written? For me, there’s an author named Sterling Lanier and he wrote a book called Heiro’s Journey. There was a second book in the series, but it left us all hanging and will, now, forever be “unwritten” as he’s passed away. (As an aside, he was an editor first, and is credited with getting Frank Herbert’s Dune series published.) And I would have so loved for there to be more stories from David Eddings, and Michael Crichton, both of whom have also gone on to the Writer’s Guild in the Sky.
And much as I love the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (pictured above with Blood Bound) I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to have more stories set in her original world of Dragon Blood and Dragon Bones.
Is there a character from a famous author you’d like to see get their own book? There are a few of these for me too. I’d love to have known Duncan Idaho’s story – his whole story – from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Or had the couple from Casablanca have their HEA.
Is there a book you’re anxiously awaiting? Entangled in You, by Sylvia Day is one I’m waiting on. The next Sophia Nash book. Bandit books that are in the pipeline, and so on.
If you’re looking for a new author to read, where do you look? Amazon Bestseller lists? NYTimes bestseller lists? The RITA lists? I’ve stumbled upon some wonderful authors while reading for contests – CL Wilson’s Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul) series is one I first read in a contest. So is Darynda Jones’s First Grave on the Right and it’s follow on books.
Do you take a friend’s recomendation? For me, it depends on the friend…. Grins. I have one friend who reads what I like to call “Oprah Book Club Books.” You know, books full of angst and despair with nary an HEA in sight. She loves them. I loathe them. If she loves it, I stay away.
On the other hand, if y’all, or my Bandita Sisters recommend a book, I’m usually going to go buy it and give it a try.
Have you ever read a book that was just terrible – poorly written, or badly edited – but the idea was so compelling that you read it anyway? There was one of these for me, the book was so lonnnnnnnng and it should have been 100 pages shorter, and it needed a pruning of the narrative description SO badly, but the story was so good, I read the whole darn thing anyway.
Is the book you’re reading right now from a favorite author, or from a recommendation?
Our guests seem to feel that you Bandita Buddies rock – which you do – and they always want to come back and visit with us and talk to you. Do you go look at our guest’s websites, check out their excerpts?
Do you find books on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter? And, while we’re on that subject, have you liked your favorite Bandits on all these cool Social Media thingies? Grins.
Let’s talk books!!
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