Once again, I have interviewed another avid reader to get her thoughts on a popular pastime, reading, of course. As both a writer and someone who loves to read, myself, I'm always excited to talk with other readers. It's always fun to find a common thread, or a surprising difference. Many thanks to Rachael for taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with me via email for this post.
Me: On average, how many books do you read each month?
Rachael: I used to read about 1-2 per month. Lately, I have not been reading as often. Especially with the library closest to me only recently re-opening due to COVID-19.
Me: Hopefully, you'll be able to select your favorite books from the library once again. Do you belong to a book club?
Rachael: No book clubs.
Me: Where's the strangest place you've read a book? Be honest!
Rachael: Nothing too crazy. I don't get motion sickness, so I always take advantage when traveling -- whether a passenger in a car or on a long flight.
Me: Where's your favorite reading spot?
Rachael: In bed, with my back pillow behind me, and a fuzzy blanket.
Me: That sounds cozy. What's your favorite genre, and why?
Rachael: Mystery novels. I like to see if I can guess the ending.
Me: Solving that who-dun-it puzzle seems to be a big draw for mystery lovers. How do you prefer to discover new books to read?
Rachael: A few ways -- mostly through Google -- looking up best summer reads, and page through different years. Or looking up books I've already read and enjoyed, and seeing what is recommended based on my choices.
Me: Or sometimes Amazon sends you recommendations, without the reader asking or looking for them. Funny thing -- the last two days Amazon recommended two books for me that I might be interested in: SHARDS OF TRUST and THE CRY BEYOND THE DOOR. Hmmm . . . I think I've read those! Ha!
What do you think is the best way for authors to connect with their readers?
Rachael: Social media?
Me: As an avid reader, what advice would you give authors in your favorite genre? Any author?
Rachael: Oh man, no clue!
Me: Was that a mystery pun??? Where are you most likely to leave a book review: Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble?
Me: How many times have you read the Harry Potter series? Is there another book or series you've read repeatedly?
Rachael: Too many to count! This summer I actually decided to re-read the series for the umpteenth time (currently on the third book).
Me: You're definitely in the company of many other fans who enjoy re-reading that series. Rachael, I truly appreciate your willingness to participate in the "Reader's Chat" portion of Mark My Words, all while social distancing. Thank you. Be well, and keep reading!
Author of SHARDS OF TRUST and THE CRY BEYOND THE DOOR