Readers are the ultimate necessity for authors who write to entertain them. As much as I enjoy writing, I can't imagine doing so without the readers who are willing to invest their time to cozy up to one of my stories. Because of this, I thought it would be fun to interview one of these readers and get some insight into their favorite past-time. Today, I'm chatting with Ann, who graciously volunteered for my first "reader's chat."
Me: Would you consider yourself an occasional reader or an avid reader?
Me: Do you have a favorite genre?
Ann: I love mysteries, with a little bit of love sprinkled in throughout the story line.
Me: I think you just answered my next question. When you read a mystery or thriller, what is your favorite subplot? For example, romance, personal struggles, family conflict, employment issues, etc.
Me: What time of day do you usually find time to read?
Ann: First thing in the morning, generally when the kids aren't up and asking for this or that!
Me: Since I know that you have a full time job, that's a definite commitment. Are you a fan of series or stand-alone novels?
Ann: Both, honestly. I enjoy series that are well written as such that they could be read as a stand alone novel as well.
Me: What do you crave most in a story?
Ann: Well developed characters and story lines.
Me: Do you prefer a great deal of description, action, or dialogue? Why or why not?
Ann: Description, because I feel like it allows me to imagine the scene better. I get very vested in my books, and try to picture the scene in my head.
Me: As someone who enjoys reading, what would you like to see less of in current books? More of?
Ann: Too many characters. Often a story can get lost when a writer incorporates too many characters in the story. Develop only the main characters to allow for a reader to connect at a deeper level.
Me: Do you think most readers are willing to review a book they've read? Why or why not?
Ann: Avid readers, yes. I feel like we use the reviews to help us decide if this book is one we would enjoy or not.
Me: One last question. If you were a character in my next novel, what type of character would you be, and what name would you give yourself?
Ann: I would likely be a crazy sister-in-law named Jade, haha!
Me: Love the name. Now I'm wondering if she could be the killer, or the character who gets killed? Hmmmm . . . I make no promises! Ha! Thank you, Ann, for your candid answers, and for taking precious moments out of your day to chat. Stay well, and keep reading.
Author of SHARDS OF TRUST and THE CRY BEYOND THE DOOR.