An RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Thriller Author Richard LaPlante and His Superfab Reader Mayo Morley

Happy Hump Day, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Here’s another terrific Reader2Author Interview from the A-mazing Alicia Street!

For this edition, we’re talking with Thriller Author Richard LaPlante and his Superfab Reader Mayo Morley.

Richard LaPlante has been writing professionally since 1987. He has published eight crime fiction novels and three memoirs. He recently founded a micro-publishing company, Escargot Books. He is currently working on a fifth novel for his Fogarty-Tanaka series, entitled, Berserker.

Our reader is Mayo Morley. Aside from being a wife and mother with grown children, Mayo has worked as a book editor for many years and currently works at a Montessori School in California.

Alicia: When did you first become a reader? As a child or an adult?

Mayo: I’ve been an avid reader from early childhood. Growing up in the ‘50s, reading was the main family pastime. My parents read to us nightly, and I and my siblings learned to read at a very young age. The love of books has been passed on to my children, and subsequently to their children. My husband is not a book reader, especially fiction. He reads magazine articles (internet and print) for information, never for entertainment.

Richard: I became an avid reader of magazines and martial arts books when I was a kid, maybe twelve or thirteen years old. Mostly bodybuilding magazines like Bob Hoffman’s Strength and Health, or martial arts how-to-do-it books, like Bruce Tegner’s Judo and karate stuff. Regarding actual novels or biographies, I read only what was required in school, and maybe —judging by my grades —not even that.

Alicia: What do you read now?

Richard: I am still into books about health and fitness. Recently Body By Science, which is a continuation of the stuff I read as a kid. Some biographies and memoirs. For fiction I like James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Thomas Harris.

Alicia: Where do you read? Is there a time of day that is usually ‘reading’ time?

Richard: In my office, which is a built on addition to the garage, and that reading is mainly off the Internet, or at night in my bed.

Mayo: I read daily for work and for pleasure. My only “regular” reading time is in bed, but I’m always thrilled when I find myself with time to read during the day.

Alicia to Mayo: What genres are your favorites? Any you absolutely would never read?

Mayo: My reading tastes are pretty eclectic—from memoirs to espionage thrillers to poetry. Great writing is my only real criteria.

Alicia to Richard:Was there a particular book that first made you want to write?

Richard: Red Dragonby Thomas Harris inspired my Fogarty-Tanaka thriller series. I found Harris’s writing compelling and terrifying. His economy of words is fantastic and I’m a sucker for the macabre type of antagonist that Harris brilliantly creates.

Alicia to Mayo: How did you discover the first Richard LaPlante book you read? How did it affect you?

Mayo: The first Richard LaPlante book I read happened to be his latest memoir Never Again. I found the book completely engrossing and enjoyable, and laughed aloud in several places. I was thrilled to discover that this talented author had written several other books, and knew I would read all of them.

Alicia to Richard: What was the most satisfying response you’ve gotten from a reader? The most unusual?

Richard: After my book, Leopard, the second in the Tanaka-Fogarty series was trashed by the New York Times – effectively ending my rise to literary stardom (which was the hope of my publisher) I was dejected.

At that point a fan letter arrived. Written by a man who described himself as an ex-English teacher, he went on to say that although I had a great story I had let myself down by terrible sentence structure and sloppy editing. It was a scathing criticism of my book and a huge compliment at the same time. “Great story, terrible execution.” He went on to give specific examples — lines and paragraphs — and offer his corrections. Then said that he was in a hospice, dying, and that he would not provide a name or address because he had said everything he had to about my work and there was no need to thank him or correspond. It was a rather profound letter.

Alicia: Whoa. That’s quite a story. And the book was traditionally published at the time, right?

Richard: Yes. Don’t ask me what happened with my editor.

Alicia: So did his feedback influence your work? Or your perspective?

Richard: Absolutely. After the letter mentioned in the last question, I re-wrote Leopard. But this was before ebooks and Indie publishing took off. So it was for my own sake, because I knew he was one hundred percent right in his assessment and I could not let it rest as the mess that it was. It was not a monetary based decision; it was to honor this man, whoever he was, and to help myself.

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Alicia: And this is the version you used in your new ebook after getting print rights back from the original publisher?

Richard: Yes, so I feel in some way I’ve repaid him.

Alicia to Mayo: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually like to read about? One that you will go back to again and again?

Mayo: I like multi-dimensional, complex protagonists.

Alicia: Which of Richard’s characters is most compelling to you? Any that you don’t like?

Mayo: The serial killer in Mantis is shudderingly vile, but also a fascinating villain.

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Alicia to Richard: Is there a character you’ve created that is your personal favorite?

Richard: Yes, Josef Tanaka, who is based loosely on my great karate sensei Keinosuke Enoeda.

Alicia: Tanaka is one of the protagonists in the Tanaka-Fogarty series. Why him?

Richard: Tanaka is a Japanese-American, part Samurai, who had accidentally paralyzed his brother in a martial arts championship in Tokyo. He migrates to America to get away from his guilt. Despite the fact that he becomes a doctor, he struggles with the memory every day. It is his fatal flaw – like a death wish-  and it influences everything that he does, all his relationships, everything. I had heard a similar story about Sensei Enoeda (injuring his brother. Whether it is fact I cannot say) and it stuck with me. He was such a handsome, noble man, charismatic in the extreme, and was known as the Shotokan Tiger, revered to have the strongest punch in all Japan. I guess it was the personal flaw (the brother tragedy) that inspired me to create the character. That coupled with Enoeda’s looks and fighting prowess forged Josef Tanaka. He seems fearless, which I would love to be, but am not.

Alicia: Is there a particular character you get the most compliments or complaints about?

Richard: Both men and women seem to love Joey Tanaka. Even film producers, as they have been trying to make the series for almost twenty years, but that’s Hollywood, and that’s another story.

Alicia to Mayo:What is the reason you continue to read Richard’s books?

Mayo: Few authors have the versatility and talent of Richard LaPlante. His thrillers are always tightly plotted with believable characters, and his memoirs are full of insight and humor.

Alicia: What prompts you as a reader to contact an author?

Mayo: When I finish a book that stays with me and feel that an author has touched upon a universal (or sometimes a very personal) truth, I want to acknowledge this.

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(D. D. here):

Wow! Just over the moon fabulous! 🙂 Thanks bunches, Alicia, Richard and Mayo!!!

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An RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Award-Winning Authors Alicia and Roy Street and Their Superfab Reader Kyle Neal Dykman

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

We’re treatin’ ya to another RG2E Reader2Author Interview…this time with Award-Winning Authors Alicia and Roy Street!!!

Take it away, Alicia and Roy…

Hello, everybody! Here’s another Reader2Author Interview. And I get to open my big mouth a lot on this one because I’m on both sides of the Q&A aisle!

My hubby Roy Street and I are today’s featured authors. We collaborate on humorous mysteries and romantic comedies and are celebrating the release of Touch Me and Tango, book #2 in our Dance ‘n’ Luv romcom series. We’ve also been traditionally published in print and won a Daphne du Maurier Award for one of our mysteries.

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Joining us in a three-way conversation is one of our very fave readers, Kyle Neal Dykman.

Alicia: Tell us about yourself, Kyle.

Kyle: I’ve pretty much been a stay at home mom since my son was born and am now a stay at home mom with a kid away at college!

Alicia: Hey, more time to read, right? I know you use an E-reader.

Kyle: I have had a Sony Reader since 2006 and love the convenience of always having dozens of books with me. If I could only choose one thing to grab in a fire, it would be my Reader!

Alicia: When did you first fall in love with reading?

Kyle: As a child. I don’t know what got me started, I just remember being in elementary school and looking forward to library day each week.

Alicia: Me, too. I recall coming home from the library with piles of books in my arms. I still have to have about three going at once.

Roy: I’m dyslexic, so I hated reading as a child. But I loved stories. And that’s the essence of any novel. I’m still a slow reader, especially compared to Alicia who gobbles books like candy.

Alicia: How about your husband or son, Kyle? Do they read?

Kyle: My husband is not a reader, other than magazines.  My son, who is now 22, went through periods of being a reader, and he still enjoys an occasional book, but I wouldn’t consider him a reader.

Alicia: Where do you read? And how often? Is there a time of day that is usually ‘reading’ time?

Kyle: I read every day. Usually not during the day when I am home, but I read in bed every night. I always have a book in my purse and read at the doctor’s office, while getting my oil changed, car washed — anywhere I have to sit for a few or a lot of minutes.  I read on road trips when hubby is driving. I also like to go to restaurants by myself so I can read while I eat. Before I had my E-reader I had to carry at least two books with me at all times, just in case I finished one while I was out.

Alicia: I’m the same. And in front of my placemat at the table I keep a little stand that can hold either a book or my E-reader.

Roy: Well, my favorite place is on the toilet where I spend a great deal of time.

Alicia: Uh-oh. Better change the subject before he goes potty-mouth on us. My choice of book genres is pretty broad. I guess romance is at the top, along with fantasy and suspense. But I also love the classics as well as bios, history, mythology and science. What are your favorites, Kyle?

Kyle: My favorite genres have changed over the years. After the Little House books in elementary school, I read Harlequin Romances starting at age 12 (they were very tame back then). For many years it was Stephen King and Dean Koontz almost exclusively, but I have switched to romantic comedy and romantic suspense over the past few years. I love reading many authors; such as Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Janet Evanovich, Susan Mallery, Karen Rose, Erin McCarthy, Gemma Halliday, of course, Alicia and Roy Street.

Roy: Definitely Stephen King. And Anita Shreve, Janet Evanovich and Davis Grubb. Also, humor books—Woody Allen and Chelsea Handler.

Kyle: Is there an author who inspires your writing?

Alicia: Every good author makes me want to write. In romance novels I love Mary Balogh and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. But there are so many authors to learn from. Every time I read Charles Dickens I am amazed at how incredible he was for his time. He understood the psychological makeup of characters before the field of psychology existed.

Roy: When it comes to descriptive passages, no one beats Davis Grubb. His literary thriller classic, The Night Of The Hunter, still rates at the very top of my list. He has been my role model for years when I’m sitting at the keyboard searching for the right words.

Roy: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually enjoy reading about?

Kyle: I love a heroine who is strong, intelligent, and funny. I guess I like the same kind of hero. I also have a soft spot for the heroine and/or hero who is somewhat “broken” from not getting the love they should have when they were young, and therefore don’t expect anyone will love them.

Alicia: Is it important that you be able to identify with the heroine?

Kyle: I will be 55 in a couple of weeks so most heroines could be my daughter. I guess I judge just how good a book is if it can make me forget how old I am so that I completely identify with the heroine.

Alicia: How did you first discover our books?

Kyle: When you look at books on Amazon and the Sony Store they give you books that are similar, so I think it had to be on one of those sites where I first saw your Saylor Oz books.

Roy: What is the reason you keep reading our books?

Kyle: They are written so well that I get caught up in the story and don’t want to put them down. The characters are written so well that I can see them in my mind and they are like real people.

Alicia and Roy: <blush>

Kyle: How do you guys write as a team? What if you have different ideas of where the story should go?

Roy: We have a system we call “the marines and the village maker.” I’m good with first drafts. Alicia is good at structure and detail. Although, there are times we reverse roles. When we disagree on plot points, we take out the white boards and have a sit-down.

Alicia: Obnoxious as it sounds, we seldom argue when we write. We save that for day-to-day stuff. 🙂

Roy: Which of our fictional characters did you like best? Any you don’t like?

Kyle: I liked all of the characters in all of the books of yours that I’ve read, but I have to confess, I loved Saylor Oz, and would love to read more about her adventures. She is more a fantasy character for me, whereas Casey Richardson is more of a real character (I love her, too). Do you have a favorite?

Roy: Absolutely. Saylor Oz is my baby. But of course we have to find something compelling in each of our characters.

Alicia: I kind of have a crush on Parker Richardson in the Dance ‘n’ Luv Series right now. I always love my current protagonists best.

Roy: Kyle, what prompts you to contact an author?

Kyle: I think having email and website make it much easier to approach an author.  I have never actually written a letter to an author back in the stone age of regular mail.  If I really enjoy a book I will let an author know, but I have to tell you I can count on the fingers of one hand the authors I have actually contacted, even though there are many I enjoy. You and Roy were just so approachable, and contact on Facebook was so easy.

Alicia: Is there anything you’d like to say to authors in general?

Kyle: I guess the only thing I would say to an author would be to always try to include an epilogue.  I always like to see, even briefly, what happens to the couple down the road.

Alicia: Me, too. So I can picture the characters going on with their lives forever.

Connect with Alicia & Roy Street:

http://aliciastreet-roystreet.com/

http://www.facebook.com/AliciaAndRoyStreet.authors

http://twitter.com/AliciaStreet1

http://twitter.com/RoyStreet4

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Great stuff! And thanks bunches to all three of you – Alicia, Roy and Kyle!

Now then…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of either Book One or Two in Alicia and Roy’s Dance ‘n’ Luv Series? Let us know below, and you just might win one!!!

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RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Author Amanda Brice and her Superfab Reader Anna Kaye

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

It’s time for another one of Alicia Street‘s Reader2Author Interviews!!!

Take it away, Alicia…

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Today I have a special Reader2Author interview for you!

Our Reader is Anna Kaye. She is 16 and going into the 10th grade.She is also a dancer who has performed at the Kennedy Center and attended a residential ballet school for pre-professionals. She currently goes to a regular high school and also teaches ballet.

Amanda Brice leads a double life. Mind-mannered intellectual property attorney by day (under her real name) and young adult author by night, Amanda writes the type of books she would have liked to read as a teen —mysteries set in the dance world. Her latest, Pointe of No Return, will be released on Wednesday.

One reason I chose to interview Amanda is because she was the dynamic force spearheading the creation of ETERNAL SPRING, a YA short story anthology featuring thirteen authors—including myself—with stories ranging from contemporary to historical to mystery and paranormal.

ETERNAL SPRING is available in both print and e-book formats. But you can download the e-book for FREE!

Alicia to Amanda and Anna: When did you first become an avid reader? What got you started? Do others in your family read?

Amanda:  I’ve been an avid reader ever since I was a little girl. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, but prior to having me she was an elementary school teacher. Her master’s thesis was on early childhood literature and she worked as a reading specialist, so she really worked with both me and my brother when we were little. I was reading on my own by age 3 (which is crazy to me, because I have a 2 1/2-year-old right now!), and pretty much always had my nose in a book. And it’s always been like that!

Anna: I really started to read in the middle of 8th grade when I lived away from home. I was living with a host family, going to school, and dancing at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. I had some down time during school or late at night and started reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians and I fell in love with reading. My Mom, my Dad, and my brother all read, but my Mom reads oodles of books and writes them too.

Alicia: How often do you read? Where do you read?

Anna: I read a book whenever I get a hold of one that looks intriguing or one by an author I like. I grab my book to read whenever and wherever I can. I read on the bus, in the car, in school during really boring classes (I finished five Harry Potter books during one class), on my bed when my mom thinks I’m sleeping, and in the bathtub; so there’s really no specific time or place I read.

Amanda: Anywhere and at any time I can! I have a toddler and an infant, plus I work full-time in addition to writing in my spare time, so my reading time is very limited these days, which makes me sad. But I try to sneak in as much reading as I can while feeding the baby and also while riding the exercise bike. I used to be a confirmed print book lover and refused to try e-books, but I got a Kindle for Christmas and now I’m hooked! I’ll always still buy print for some things, but I love the gotta-have-it-now of e-books.

Alicia: Do you read across genres? Which are your favorites?

Anna: I love Japanese Graphic Novels (Manga) I read them like they’re water, but I’ll read anything if people tell me it’s a must read and give a whole summery of it.

Amanda: I do read across genres, but my comfort reads are YA, cozy mysteries, and romance. All types of romance, from sweet YA to edgy romantic suspense. I also adore historicals. The balls, the ballgowns, Mr. Darcy…swoon!

Anna: Do you read YA other than your own?

Amanda:I love YA. I’m definitely a teenager at heart. And you have to read in the genre you write if you want to grow as an author. Fortunately I think some of the most exciting fiction out there is in the YA section of the bookstore. Some of my fave authors are Meg Cabot, Libba Bray, Juli Alexander, Niki Burnham, Gemma Halliday, Ally Carter, Rhonda Stapleton, and Sarah Dessen.

Alicia: Since all three of us are (or were) dancers, I’d like you to compare dancing and reading. Because even though dancing is physically dynamic and reading is not, I think there are a lot of similarities. What do think?

Amanda: Dancing and writing are both beautiful forms of expression. When I performed, I poured just as much emotion into my dance as I do on the page. Writing allows me to dance with metaphors, tap out frustration, and let my words leap off the page. It’s not always graceful, and sometimes you stumble and fall.

It’s the same with reading. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I often pick up a particular type of book because of the mood I’m in. And that’s how I feel in a dance class, too. Sometimes I’m in the mood for an intense barre workout. Sometimes a slow leisurely lyrical or adagio. But it always makes me happy.

Anna: Words paint a picture to explain the story; dance movements do the same thing. When I read I see the story unfold before my eyes. Dance is taking that unfolded story and putting it into words within my subconscious. Dance and reading are far more alike to me then I think it would be to a normal person.

Anna: What’s your favorite ballet and ballet step?

Amanda: OK, I know this isn’t a popular answer in the dance world since it’s such a cliché, but I still love Nutcracker. There’s just something so magical about that ballet. It makes me feel like a little girl again with the magic of Christmas. I’ve even performed in it as an adult. Before I had my kids I volunteered as a “Party Mom” (Act I Christmas Party scene). It was so much fun to get back onstage.

As for favorite ballet step…I love pirouettes. I used to be able to triple them fairly easily but these days I have to fight for a double. But this past summer I nailed them even while pregnant! Go me!

Alicia: Kudos! I was more of a jumper than a turner. And Snow from Nutcracker is one of my very favorites.

Amanda:I love Snow! And I was a jumper, too. Jumps and turns —anything fast really. Adage killed me.

Alicia to Amanda: Was there a particular book that first made you want to write?

Amanda: I wrote my first “novel” when I was in 4th grade, a brilliant (in my mind, at least) book titled “Nancy Flew and the Mystery of the Lady Ghost.” Then I took a long hiatus while I concentrated on other things, like dance and then eventually law school.

I finally came back to writing on Election Day in 2004. I’d just finished reading The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez and decided that it would be a lot more fun to write a chick lit novel than my paper on the patentability of indigenous medicinal methods for my International Patent Law class. (It really is as yawn-inducing as it sounds.) So I banged out the first 88 pages and begged my professor for an extension on the paper. (Kids, don’t try this at home!) And I was hooked from then on.

Alicia to Amanda: Do you have an author you currently read that inspires your writing?

Amanda: Yes, so many of them! I actually love Anna’s mom’s romantic comedies. Hilarious! And Gemma Halliday can’t be beat when it comes to funny mysteries. I like to think of my books as a cross between Nancy Drew and the movie Center Stage (or the show Dance Academy)…but funnier.

Alicia to Anna: How did you discover the first Amanda Brice book you read? How did it affect you?

Anna: Amanda is one of my Mom’s friends and she wanted me to read it because it was about ballet, so I put it on my kindle and I couldn’t put it down. I loved the mix of mystery and dance, and there couldn’t be a better combination.

Alicia to Anna: Which of one Amanda’s characters is most compelling to you? Any that you don’t like?

Anna: I love Dani, she is just so smart and she sounds like a really good dancer. I never liked Hadley, from the first time I met her she just seemed like a stuck-up drama queen.

Alicia to Amanda: Is there a character you’ve created that is your personal favorite?

Amanda: I actually really love Dani, my heroine in my mystery series. But I also get a lot of comments about her spunky friends Maya and Analisa. Lots of readers seem to want to know whether I’ll ever write books featuring them. And the answer is yes! I’m actually going to have a novella in the upcoming Behind Barres anthology, and I’m going to give Analisa her day in the spotlight then. Maya will get her own story next year or the year after.

Alicia to Anna: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually like to read about? One that you will go back to again and again?

Anna: I like the self-sufficient, strong heroines, but someone who is still in need of someone to be close to… my romantic side I get from my Mom.

Alicia to Amanda: Is there a particular character you get the most compliments or complaints about?

Amanda: I’ve had a number of people ask me if they could see more of Grandma Rose. Perhaps. And of course everyone loves Craig.

Alicia to Anna: What is the reason you continue to read Amanda’s books?

Anna: I continue reading them for the dance and the feeling of being back in a dance studio even when I can’t be.

Anna to Amanda: Do you listen to music wen you write? If so what type and what bands?

Amanda: I absolutely can’t listen to anything with lyrics when I’m writing. I know. Weird. But I have a tendency towards ADD, so I actually find myself humming along and singing and concentrating on the lyrics and then the next thing I know I’ve lost an hour of writing time. Or worse, lyrics start appearing in my paragraphs! So I either need complete silence, an inane talk show (those courtroom judge shows work well), or classical music.

Alicia to Amanda: What was the most satisfying response you’ve gotten from a reader? The most unusual?

Amanda: I love getting fan mail. It really is one of the most exciting things ever. And I especially love hearing from teenage dancers. I’ve had so many of them tell me they love my books and want me to write faster. I know it’s the type of book I would’ve loved when I was that age. Too bad there were so few dance books on the market then. I gobbled up the Satin Slippers series, but so much of what was available was either for toddlers or was non-fiction about the lives of famous ballerinas and choreographers or stories about the great ballets. There’s been a real explosion in dance fiction just in the last year, and I think it can be attributed to the popularity of shows like Dance Academy, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms, and now the CW’s Breaking Pointe and ABC Family’s Bunheads (which premieres tomorrow night).

Alicia to Anna: Is there something you’d like to say to most authors? Something you wish they’d understand better about younger readers?

Anna: Authors… you are AWESOME at what you do, so keep doing it. If a teen really likes a book, and they know there is going to be a sequel, they want it right away. Waiting kills us, but we understand it takes time so we make fandoms, some of them rock and some fandom writers would like the authors to find them, and like them.

Find Amanda here:

www.amandabrice.net

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=799346109

The Best of RG2E Reader2Author Interview Wishes — Alicia Street, RG2E Contributor

Alicia Street is the author of Kiss Me, DancerSnow Dance and Aphrodisiac. Alicia is proud to be a part of the WG2E and RG2E family.

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***D. D. here:  Thanks Bunches, Alicia, Amanda and Anna for another terrific RG2E Reader2Author Interview!!!

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RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Superfab Author Patrice Fitzgerald and Her Superfab Reader Lesli Dodge Harrer

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

It’s time for another one of Alicia Street‘s Reader2Author Interviews!!!

Take it away, Alicia…

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Hello, everybody! I’ve got another Reader2Author Interview where Authors mix it up with one of their readers.

Welcome Patrice Fitzgerald, indie author, an attorney, and a mezzo-soprano who sings everything from jazz to opera.  She writes thrillers about strong women in powerful positions and is the founder of eFitzgerald Publishing, a small indie press that publishes others.

Our reader today is Lesli Dodge-Harrer. Lesli is a doula and lactation counselor who lives on an island off of Massachusetts.  She’s an Anglophile who recently returned from a walking tour of the Cotswolds in England.  And of course, she is an avid reader. Even jam jar labels can’t escape her eye!

Alicia to Patrice and Lesli: When did you first become and avid reader?

Patrice: When I was three, I would “borrow” my six-year-old brothers books and try to read them.  I can remember the first lines:  “David.  See David.  Run David, run!”  I would grab those books and imitate him and say the words.  But my parents were told by the nuns not to let me learn to read too early… so they kept them away from me.  (I think the nuns had enough on their hands with 50 kids in a classroom… they didn’t encourage eager beavers like me!)

Lesli: As a child in a British boarding school I was terrified of reading.  We had to read out loud and I had some undiagnosed difficulty that made me unable to read fluidly and I would stutter over even the easiest of sentences.  When I was about twelve everything changed when I discovered Shakespeare!  No one in my class understood him and suddenly I was not alone!  I was able to ask questions and reread passages until I understood the meanings.  This was a revelation to me and I fell in love with the Bard and through him the written word.  I remember my mother being cross with me the following summer because I was always reading!

Alicia: Where do you read? How often?

Lesli: I read every night in bed.  After all the chores are done, the children fed, animals settled for the night and the house quiet, I end my day with an hour of bliss!   But I always have a book in my bag (and now often my Kindle which was a gift) so that I have something to read ‘just in case’.

Patrice: I have a real comfy chair in my office where I can read.  But as a writer, there is so much to do – not simply my daily quota of writing, but the business and marketing end as well… so I rarely read during the day.  I pick up my book at night, which is exactly when my husband does.  Except that he reads for 5-10 minutes and then nods off, whereas once I get started I don’t want to stop until about 2 a.m.!  So he’ll be snoring away beside me…

Alicia: Do you read across genres, or stick to mainly one?

Patrice: I do read across genres, mostly because a good book is a good book.  I’m right now in the midst of “Wool,” a post-apocalyptic thriller/mystery combo, which goes on for five short volumes, totaling about one typical novel.  Love it!

Lesli: I enjoy mysteries and historical novels.  Those I read for fun but I also read a lot of British history books.

Alicia to Patrice:Was there a particular book that first made you want to write?

Patrice:So many books!  I loved Silas Marner, and The Outsiders, and Pride and Prejudice.  I read everything I could get my hands on as a kid.  I remember reading “Walden Pond” when I was about 12.  I had really no idea what was going on, and it was quite dull to a twelve-year-old, but I carried on out of curiosity.  I loved the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, and then stumbled on one of his adult books – the one with the naked green lady, I think, floating along on the waves? At least, that’s the way I remember it.  I was completely puzzled.  I should go back and read that one and figure out what the heck was going on!

Alicia to Lesli: How did you discover the first Patrice Fitzgerald book you read?

Lesli: I met Patrice in a writers’ workshop and we kept in touch.  When she mentioned that she had finished a novel I was game to read it.

Patrice to Lesli: Did anything surprise you about my writing?

Lesli: I was expecting a light, romantic novel and was thrilled to get glued into a mystery thriller that I couldn’t put down.  All housework and weekend chores were left undone as I curled up in my reading chair and was swept along in RUNNING.

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Lesli to Patrice: What’s the toughest thing about writing a novel?

Patrice: Well, when you write your first novel, it seems like a mountain too big to climb.  All those words!  All that story!  But after you’ve completed the first one, you can see the stages and appreciate it in smaller sections.  The exciting beginning, a chance to set up your characters and situation… followed by the middle, where you can’t let the story and action bog down, even though it sometimes wants to… and then the ending, when you don’t want to rush, although you may be quite ready to be done — you need to give the readers the pay-off they’ve been waiting for.

Alicia to Lesli: Which one of Patrice’s characters is most compelling to you?

Lesli: Catherine is a very likable and real character to me.  While she has her faults she also has an inner strength and resolve that I can relate to.

Alicia to Patrice:Is there a character you’ve created that is your personal favorite?

Patrice: Well, I’m having a lot of success and a lot of fun with Catherine, the presidential candidate from RUNNING, and so I’ve started a sequel to that.  After a few dozen readers asked me to go on with the story, it seemed the logical thing to do.  I’m about 10,000 words in.  It’s great to dive in with familiar characters and find out what they do next.

Alicia to Lesli: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually like to read about? One that you will go back to again and again?

Lesli: I like my protagonist to be believable, they don’t have to start out as likable but they do have to develop in character in to someone I care about and want to see succeed.  A heroine with a few flaws and a bit of a history is always a good mix too.

Patrice to Lesli: How would you describe the moment or kind of scene that hooks you at the beginning of a book?

Lesli:  I know the book is for me when I read a few chapters, engage with the characters and plot, but have no idea where the story is leading.  I enjoy reading and have found some books rather formulaic, that tends to bore me and I find it hard to finish those.  When I started to read RUNNING I found myself caring about the characters and wanting to find out how the story played out.  To me that is the sign of a good read.

Alicia to Lesli: What is the reason you continue to read Patrice’s books?

Lesli: When I like an author’s writing I tend to read all their new material. Patrice is no exception.  I have read her short stories, they are very different to RUNNING but are just as compelling in their own way.  I look forward to each new work and only hope that I have nothing serious planned that will have to be postponed while I read it!

Alicia to Patrice: What was the most satisfying response you’ve gotten from a reader?

Patrice: I really enjoyed it when a self-described conservative Republican said he loved RUNNING and would vote for my protagonist, even though she is a liberal Democrat!

Alicia to Lesli: What prompts you as a reader to contact an author?

Lesli: I have been lucky to have grown up with some rather distinguished authors around me and my family so they are just people to me.  People who have an extraordinary talent but still put their pants on just like anyone else, so the shock and awe is not something I think about.  If I like someone’s work I think it is nice to tell them.  Doesn’t every one like to be acknowledged and praised once in a while?

Lesli to Patrice: what do you hope to give to readers in your books?

Patrice: Entertainment, provocative ideas about people and their actions, a sense of being in someone else’s skin. The occasional gentle moment of titillation during the rare sex scene is fun.  I like to amuse and thrill a bit, too.

Patrice to Lesli: Describe the ideal novel for you.

Lesli: My ideal novel is one that keeps me guessing.  I don’t like to be two steps ahead of the writer while I am reading. I like to be totally lost in the story, so much so that I think back to it during the day and am eager to return to it when I get home.

Patrice: Thanks so much for inviting me for this interview, Alicia.  What a grand time!

Here’s where you can find Patrice online:

Website:  www.PatriceFitzgerald.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPatriceFitzgerald

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/PatriceFitz

The Best of RG2E Reader2Author Interview Wishes — Alicia Street, RG2E Contributor

Alicia Street is the author of Kiss Me, DancerSnow Dance and Aphrodisiac. Alicia is proud to be a part of the WG2E and RG2E family.

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RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Bestselling Author Theresa Ragan and Superfab Reader Emmy Jordan

Happy Mother’s Day, All You RG2E “Mom” Peeps!

And Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!!!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, today’s RG2E Ebook of The Day (EOTD) is Theresa Ragan’s Having My Baby.

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Theresa Ragan is a Kindle Bestselling Author of Romantic comedy, Time Travel romance and Romantic suspense. After working as a waitress, a legal secretary, and even delivering singing telegrams, she wrote every day for 19 years without an offer from a traditional publishing house. But the new digital world has changed everything. Readers love Theresa’s books! She has now sold more than 250,000 novels in her first year of being an independent author and she recently signed her first publishing agreement with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint.

Our reader today is Emmy Jordan, a hotel receptionist from a rural community in Southern Ohio. Raised in a family of seven children, Emmy is devoted to her ADHD and SPD challenged son. Although she likes hiking, camping and taking long walks, reading is one of her favorite pastimes as it helps dealing with daily stress.

We hear you on that one, Emmy!

Alicia to Theresa and Emmy: When did you first become an avid reader?

Emmy: I first started reading actively in junior high; I would always read Jane Austen and the Bronte’s sisters. That led me to start reading Thomas Hardy and Elizabeth Gaskell. I started reading all the time to help release stress built up during the day. I find it relaxing. I encourage my five year old to read and I love to read to him. He loves The Ugly Duckling and Goodnight Moon.

Theresa: I love Goodnight Moon! In sixth grade I read Where the Red Fern Grows. When I finished that book I cried for weeks. I always loved to read, but I didn’t become an avid reader until I was an adult, after I read Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor at the age of 33. That book sparked a fire within me to read everything I could get my hands on. I loved the escapism the story provided and, of course, what I love about reading romance is the guaranteed happily ever after.

Alicia: So Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor was the book that made you want to write?

Theresa: Yes! The minute I read THE END, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was instantaneous.

Alicia to Emmy: What genres are your favorites? Any you absolutely would never read?

Emmy: I would consider my favorite genre to be Regency Romance. I’m just drawn to that time frame. Other favorites would be Modern Romance and Young Adult. Book types I would never read are Vampires, Werewolves and Paranormal. They just don’t interest me.

Alicia: I am totally addicted to Regency Romance.

Theresa: I love the Regency period too, and vampires and werewolves aren’t my thing either. I’m not sure why. I did read the Twilight series and enjoyed it…although the last book creeped me out a little bit.  Emmy, are you open to reading in a genre outside your comfort zone? If so, what would make you try something different?

Emmy: Yes, I would read a story outside of my comfort zone. I find that a friend’s recommendation is the best way to find out if I’ll enjoy it and possibility like it. A friend recommended a book recently: Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and, although I don’t quite get into Dystopian books, I picked it up anyway.

Alicia to Theresa: Do you read across genres, or stick to mainly one?

Theresa: I read everything, fiction and non-fiction, although the majority of books I read are romantic suspense, contemporary romance, some historical, and thrillers. I love the guaranteed happily ever after in romance novels. And the best romance novels make me forget that the happy ending is guaranteed.

Alicia: Where do you read? How often? Is there a time of day that is ‘reading’ time?

Emmy: I read all the time, as much as I can. I love to read while at home or during drives to different places. The time of day I would consider as my ‘reading’ time is right before I go to bed.

Theresa: I read while I wait for doctors and dentists appointments, on trips and for at least an hour every night before bed. If I’m reading a book I can’t put down, then I read until the book is finished to the detriment of all else.

Alicia to Theresa: Do you have an author you currently read that inspires your writing?

Theresa: Lisa Gardner and Susan Elizabeth Phillips inspire me. I love everything about their writing and their storytelling abilities. The characters in their books come alive for me and the great dialogue and pacing keeps me turning the pages.

Alicia: Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a favorite of mine too.

Theresa: I look forward to reading every new book of hers and then I savor every word. Definitely pure pleasure.

Emmy to Theresa: Where do you draw your inspiration from for your writing?

Theresa: From my husband, my four sisters and their families, and from my four kids who range in ages of 19 to 31. I have inspiration all around me: Love, break-ups, and plenty of drama right at my fingertips.

Theresa to Emmy: Have you ever thought about writing a book of your own?

Emmy: Actually the thought has crossed my mind.

Alicia to Emmy: How did you discover the first Theresa Ragan book you read? How did it affect you?

Emmy: I first discovered Theresa’s books while searching through the recommendations on Amazon. The title drew my interest, then I read the reviews and had to read it. Taming Mad Max made me cry and laugh and I ended up loving it.

Alicia to Emmy: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually like to read about? One that you will go back to again and again?

Emmy: My kind of hero/ heroine would be someone who is strong but also sensitive and can be caring and respectable without realizing it.

Alicia: Which one of Theresa’s characters is most compelling to you? Any that you don’t like?

Emmy: A character that I didn’t like? No. I actually liked all the characters. The one that held my attention the most would have been Jill (Having My Baby). I just loved the way she was determined to have a child and went through with following her dreams of becoming a mother.

Alicia to Theresa: Is there a character you’ve created that is your personal favorite?

Theresa: The first book I ever wrote was Return of the Rose, a medieval time travel set in 1420 England. Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall, is my favorite character. I have a feeling he will always be my favorite hero. I spent five years with Derek and I have a major crush on him. He is one hundred percent alpha male and yet he has the kindest heart in the entire world. He is a confused soul who has never had a reason to trust anyone until he meets Morgan Hayes from the twentieth century.

Alicia: Is there a particular character you get the most compliments or complaints about?

Theresa: I get, by far, the most compliments about Lizzy Gardner and her two young assistants (her team.) Abducted and Dead Weight by TR Ragan are the first two books in my thriller series. Thanks to Lizzy, Hayley and Jessica, I’ve had four editors approach me, expressing interest in buying the series. I recently sold the Lizzy Gardner series to Thomas & Mercer and signed my very first Publishing Agreement on March 27, 2012.

Alicia: Congrats!

Theresa to Emmy: Do you find yourself thinking of certain characters as if they were real people days or weeks after you finished the book?

Emmy: Yes, I will find myself drawn to a character(s) for days after reading a book. I will also find myself going back to certain points of a book just to capture the feel of the characters over and over after I read it completely.

Emmy to Theresa: Have you ever modeled a character after yourself?

Theresa: Ha! No. At least not on purpose, but I do think there is a little bit of me in every one of my characters. When I first began writing 19 years ago, I noticed that a lot of my stories had a character or two who had abandonment issues. My dad left my mom AND his five daughters when I was 9 years old. My mom hired a detective to try and find him, but that took years and my mom had never worked before. I was paying my own dentist bills by cleaning the neighbors’ houses and we ate a lot of beans back then. I had to get a work permit at the age of 14 so I could leave high school to go waitress three days a week. Dad is now back in our lives and he has a lot of health issues. Thanks to my older sisters, I have made peace with him. I am glad I have had the chance to learn true forgiveness. All of these kinds of life lessons show up in my books and also help to shape my characters.

Alicia to Emmy: What is the reason you continue to read Theresa’s books?

Emmy: The combination of humor and tearful emotions. I like the writing style too.

Emmy to Theresa: Out of the collection of books you’ve penned, which has been your absolute favorite?

Theresa: My favorite book to write was Finding Kate Huntley because at the time I was really challenging myself to write something different. My heroine, Kate, is tough. Probably a little too tough, but I like that about her. To survive in Haiti where she grows up, she has to have her guard up at all times. I also loved writing the plane crash scene because the hero is forced to fly the plane and he has no idea what he’s doing; Jack Coffey, the rookie FBI agent is not nearly as tough as Kate which was an interesting twist for an author like me who likes alpha males; and I also enjoyed writing a super fast paced story.

The book I’ve read the most is Return of the Rose and the book I couldn’t wait to read the moment I finished writing it was Abducted because I am super attached to the characters. Of course I love Taming Mad Max and Having My Baby, too. I like big crazy chaotic families like mine. I have a third contemporary romance that I can’t wait to revise and then release titled Here Comes the Bride! This family is crazy fun, too.

Theresa to Emmy: What is your all-time favorite book and why?

Emmy: Ah, that is a tough one for me. I seem to have a lot of favorites I like to read over and over. But if I had to choose I would say my all time favorite book would have to be Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A reason why I like it is it’s sweet, cute and romantic and the characters are very relatable. I found myself back in high school with a crush on the hero of the book. I can read that story over constantly and still can’t get enough of it.

Emmy to Theresa: What do you do to prevent writers block?

Theresa: I think of Nora Roberts. In a way, I don’t believe in writers block because if you sit down and start writing, even nonsensical scribbling, it will come to you eventually. It’s easy to get distracted by the Internet and Facebook and Twitter. I don’t know Nora, but to write that many wonderful books, I imagine that she is focused when she sits down in front of her computer. That’s what I do too. I must write 1,000 words before I can do anything else. Then I must write 1,000 more. Of course, some days the words flow magically from my fingers. I love those days.

Alicia to Emmy: What prompts you as a reader to contact an author?

Emmy: I would say it is how much I enjoyed one of their stories.

Alicia to Theresa: What was the most an unusual response you’ve gotten from a reader?

Theresa: The most unusual response was from a reader who sounded a little concerned about where I got my idea for Abducted, my first thriller. I think that book worried her a little.

Alicia to Emmy: Is there something you’d like to say to most authors? Something you wish they’d understand better about readers?

Emmy: Right at the moment I couldn’t say. I just like when authors make stories enjoyable that would keep someone wishing that the story would never end. I do love stories with a happy ending though, and it’s discouraging to me to read something that is heartbreaking at the end. When an author writes a story their characters are looked up to as heroes, aspirations, and in the end emotions determine if the ‘happily ever after’ is more than just the last statement finishing the story.

Alicia to Theresa: What was the most satisfying response you’ve gotten from a reader?

Theresa: A few responses that stick in my mind are the ones from readers who tell me that my book(s) have made them want to read again after years of not reading at all.
But every single email I have received from a fan/reader has been amazingly satisfying. After 19 years of writing without much feedback, there is nothing that compares to hearing from a satisfied reader.

Connect with Theresa Ragan:

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“Mr. Baylor,” the officer said, “have you ever met either of these women?”

Derrick’s mind was numb, but somehow he managed to say, “No. Never.”

“You’re making the ladies nervous, and truthfully, you’ve got me wondering too–what is your business with this woman?”

Derrick pried his gaze from the woman’s stomach and raised his eyes to hers. “She’s having my baby.”

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Growing up, Jill Garrison never daydreamed about having the perfect wedding. Instead, she dreamt about having a baby. Boy or girl, it didn’t matter. Unfortunately, her fiancé can’t have children. Determined to realize her lifelong dream of having a baby, Jill spends years searching for a company (CryoCorp) that provides high quality donor sperm. Everything is right in Jill’s world until her wedding day when her fiancé leaves her at the altar to be humiliated before friends and family. She doesn’t waste any time moving from New York City to California to start over. And she keeps her appointment with Cryocorp. She may never have the wedding or the husband, but nothing is going to stop her from having a baby. She’s tired of everyone telling her what to do. The baby she’s carrying is hers and hers alone. Nobody can take that away from her.

Or can they?

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(D. D. here…)

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The Best of RG2E Reader2Author Interview Wishes — Alicia Street, RG2E Contributor, and D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Alicia Street is the author of Kiss Me, Dancer, Snow Dance and Aphrodisiac. Alicia is proud to be a part of the WG2E and RG2E family.

RG2E Reader2Author Interview with International Bestselling Author Talli Roland and One of Her Superfab Readers Glynis Smy

Happy Sunday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

It’s time for another RG2E Reader2Author Interview…brought to us by the A-mazing Alicia Street!!!

Here’s the waaay fun scoop on Alicia:

In addition to being part of today’s Indie writers movement, we (she and her co-writing DH Roy Street) are traditionally published authors and recipients of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

We share backgrounds in the performing arts and spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Alicia as a dancer, choreographer and teacher; Roy in theater, visual arts and standup comedy.

Alicia is a chronic reader of every genre including the classics. She also loves old black-and-white movies, making organic soups from recipes she invents, working out and, of course, dancing. Roy’s into sweaty workouts, too, as well as watching boxing on HBO and eating Alicia’s organic soups. Our cat’s name is Wallace, an orange ten-pounder who’s crazy over pizza. He and Roy do slices every Friday night.

Take it away, Alicia…

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Today’s post is another entry in my series of Reader2Author Interviews, where authors mix it up with one of their readers.

Welcome Talli Roland, author of fun, romantic fiction and a member of the WG2E blog family.

Talli’s books are bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic, with several chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites. Born and raised in Canada, she now lives in. Despite training as a journalist, Talli discovered she preferred making up her own stories—complete with happy endings!

Talli’s chosen reader is Glynis Smy.

Born in the UK, now living in a rural village, on Cyprus, Glynis is married with three adult children. When she is not cross-stitching, swimming or reading, she writes historical romance.

Alicia to Talli and Glynis: When did you first become an avid reader? As a child or an adult? What got you started?

Talli: I always loved reading, even from a young age. Every few weeks, my mum would take me to the local library, and I would come away with an armload of books. Those first few days after a library visit were a feast of reading – I loved curling up on the sofa or hiding away in my room and escaping to other worlds. Even now, there’s nothing as satisfying as a good read. Except maybe wine!

Glynis: I cannot remember ever not reading. From what I gather, I learned to read quite early. Enid Blyton fed my need for adventure. Later I adored Nancy Drew, and Little Women is still my favorite read.

Alicia: Does your family read?

Glynis: My DH doesn’t read books. My children all read, and my seven-month-old granddaughter already has a collection of books on her shelf.

Alicia: How often do you read? And where? Do you have a special time or place to read?

Talli: Nowadays, it’s mostly in bed before I go to sleep. There’s something very relaxing about it (as long as it’s not scary!), and reading helps me turn off my own frantic brain. On the weekends, I love lying across the bed in the sun and turning the pages of a good book.

Glynis: I read every day, and I’m fortunate that I can read whenever the mood takes me. I enjoy reading on the back porch, by the pool and in bed. I now have Kindle on my new phone, and while DH is in his hobby shops, I read.

Talli to Glynis: Do you read more ebooks than paperbacks now? Has technology changed your reading habits in any way?

Glynis: I love paperbacks, always will. The feel of them, the way they decorate a boring spot in the home, and the fact I am holding something a person created. It is like artwork on a canvas. I own a Kindle, and never thought I would enjoy reading from one, but I do. I love how it is easy to carry a large quantity of books around. No longer do I have to wait weeks for a book to arrive. I read more ebooks because my friends and unknown authors tend to be releasing them in this format first.

Alicia to Glynis: What genres are your favorites? Any you absolutely would never read?

Glynis: Historicals and historical romances, not the bodice rippers, but those with a trickle of history or down on their luck characters, are my favorites. I must confess I am not a sci-fi or vampire fan. I have read a few fantasy/Fae books, and enjoyed them, but Zombies are a no-no.

Alicia to Talli: Do you read across genres, or stick to mainly one? Which?

Talli: I read everything! I love travelogues – Peter Mayle is a favorite. What grips me is the story, so as long as the book has characters I care about and a plot that’s interesting, I really don’t care what genre it is. As a writer of light women’s fiction, I also read a lot of fun, entertaining novels to keep up to date with what other authors are doing.

Glynis: Have you ever considered writing a different genre?

Talli: At some stage, I would like to write more serious women’s fiction, with less of a comedic element. Right now, though, I’m very satisfied with the genre I’m writing.

Alicia: Do you have an author you currently read that inspires your writing?

Talli: I’m conscious of trying to have my own voice and I always strive for something a little different, so when I’m creating, I try not to read authors who might influence my work. On my downtime, though, I really enjoy reading Emily Giffin for her very real characters and Sophie Kinsella for her sense of fun.

Alicia: What about an author you read for pure pleasure?

Talli: I love love love Maeve Binchy’s novels. They’re so absorbing and you feel that instantly you’re in the world of the characters.

Alicia to Glynis: How did you discover the first Talli Roland book you read? How did it affect you?

Glynis: I stalked Talli for a period of time, and got to know the author and her bubbly character. Chick lit is not a genre I had read much of prior to her books. Her first title grabbed me and I just had to read. When the chance to receive a review copy of The Hating Game, came along, I took the opportunity to read. Talli hooked me. I am now a fan of certain Chick Lit authors. And most definitely a fan of Talli Roland. I can’t wait for her next novel.

Alicia: Which one of Talli’s characters is most compelling to you? Any that you don’t like?

Glynis: I enjoy all of her characters, but the one who sticks with me is Willow Watts from Watching Willow Watts. I loved her vulnerability but determined ways. Serenity in Build a Man made me smile. Her bumbling efforts struck home a little. Each of Talli’s characters has, well, character. So I enjoy them all. Gosh, I sound stalkerish now, but it is true. Even Silver Hatchett, in The Hating Game is supposed to be a nasty managing director, but how can you not love a woman who chomps on chipolata sausages in front of a weakling male?

Alicia to Talli: Is there a character you’ve created that is your personal favorite?

Talli: Definitely! I love Serenity, the main character in Build A Man and its sequel, Construct A Couple. As a transplant to London trying to find her way, her observations remind me of my own time attempting to adjust to the foreignness of my new home.

Alicia: Is there a particular character you get the most compliments or complaints about?

Talli: Um . . . yes. The main character in The Hating Game, Mattie Johns, is a love or hate character. She strides across the pages with a definite attitude, and she’s not instantly likeable by a long shot. I didn’t realize what intense reactions readers would have to her, though! I wanted to make her a strong character who could withstand the trials and tribulations of the reality game-show she agrees to go on. If she was too weak, she’d seem like a victim. And Mattie Johns is anything but!

Talli to Glynis: You read across a lot of genres, helping to support many authors. Why do you think some books have the X Factor while others fall flat?

Glynis: Ooh, I think it is when the writer forgets the reader. They become so engrossed with their vision, that they ramble. The ones that make me yawn are those books that have lost their minor characters along the way. Just as I start to relate to a minor character they disappear into nothing. Not recognizing a strong character is a weakness I have found with some writers. Often I want to yank the character out of the book and rewrite their life. I feel sorry for them being left to flounder in a nothingness.

Glynis: I would love to know where you draw your inspiration from. Your novels are so mixed, I wonder if you spend time people watching?

Talli: Yes, I spend a lot of time people-watching out my office window! It fronts onto a very busy central London road, and it’s fascinating seeing the different characters stroll up and down. I must admit, though, that the majority of my inspirations come from The Daily Mail. The articles in there are so outrageous — it’s a veritable fount of ideas!

Alicia to Glynis: What kind of heroine or hero do you usually like to read about? One that you will go back to again and again?

Glynis: I like a strong heroine. A female with a soft side, but strength of character enough not to be trampled upon. Not too Amazonian though. Jane Austen, Catherine Cookson, Norah Roberts and Barbara Erskine produced just the types that get me reading over and over.
Glynis to Talli: In photographs of yourself I note you change your hairstyle/color and clothing style at times. Is this triggered by the main character you are writing about at the time? Does it help you get into their skin, so to speak, or is it merely a fashion thing?

Talli: I get bored very easily, which is why writing novels is the perfect job for me! You can create any world you like and there’s always something to learn.
Alicia to Talli: What was the most satisfying response you’ve gotten from a reader? The most unusual?

Talli: I adore any and all reader emails, so it’s hard to say what the most satisfying is . . . although I did love one that said she’d read all my novels and had yet to find more than one typo (and she pointed it out, so I fixed it!). That meant a lot, because my editor and I work very hard to have professional, clean copy.

Alicia to Glynis: Is there something you’d like to say to most authors? Something you wish they’d understand better about readers?

Glynis: I think I would have to say, sometimes too much is…too much. Allow us to use our imagination. After all, we had brains enough to select your book to read, let us use them to create the imagery you offer us. Don’t spoon-feed us every little detail, it can become boring wading through too much airy prose.

Alicia to Talli: Have you ever had a reader’s feedback influence your work? Or your perspective?

Talli: I always keep my readers in mind when I’m writing, but I also have to stay true to the characters and the situation they’re in. Some readers have said that I tend to rush my endings, which is a personal preference; I don’t like long-winded mushiness. However, I do try to take that feedback into account and make the ending as satisfying as possible.

Glynis: What do you hope your readers achieve by reading one of your novels?

Talli: I’d like readers to be entertained and engaged, but also come away with a sense that there is a deeper message of empowerment.
Alicia to Glynis: What prompts you as a reader to contact an author?

Glynis: If their work has touched me in some way, or if their personality is approachable on the social networks. I did email one author once as I had noticed a typo on the front page of her website. I felt it let her down, and she didn’t deserve it. We are now friends on Facebook and communicate regularly.

Talli: What do you think is the best thing an author can do to get readers interested in their novel?

Glynis: I think some readers want to enjoy the author as well as the novel, so I would say share yourself around. Be approachable. Tweeting constantly with the link to your book without participating in a conversation is not polite, and could put readers off. It has certainly put me off a few times. Joining places such as Goodreads.com is another way. Giving away copies as prizes or for. Have a welcoming website or blog. Lastly, but by no means least, have an appealing cover and back page blurb. Make the reader want to follow the three R’s…Read, Review and Recommend.
Alicia to Glynis: What is the reason you continue to read Talli’s books?

Glynis: She entertains me, pure and simple. I can laugh, sigh and feel for each person she writes into her stories. I put her books down feeling satisfied, and I wait with eagerness for the next.

You can connect with Talli using the following links:

http://www.talliroland.com/
http://www.talliroland.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/talliroland
http://twitter.com/#!/talliroland

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D. D. here…

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RG2E Reader2Author Interview with the A-mazing NY Times Bestseller Ruth Harris and Superfab Reader Marilou George

RG2E Reader2Author Interview with Ruth Harris and Marilou George

by Alicia Street
Here’s another entry in my series of Reader2Author Interviews, where authors mix it up with one of their readers.

Yesterday D.D. introduced Override, the new thriller by Ruth and Michael Harris.

Today we’ll get a closer look at Ruth Harris, my fellow contributor to the WG2E blog, and an all-around superfab lady.

Ruth is a New York Times bestselling author whose books (with Random House, Simon & Schuster, and St.Martin’s Press) have sold millions of copies in hardcover and paperback, been translated into 19 languages, published in 25 countries and selected by the Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club.

Her chosen reader is Marilou George, a Mom, Wife and lover of books. Marilou is a member of The Kindle Book Review Team and a book blogger with her own site: Confessions Of A Reader. She is a self-employed consultant designing Web-sites for small local business owners as well as consulting on technical issues.


Alicia to Ruth and Marilou: When did you first become an avid reader? As a child or an adult? What got you started?

Ruth: I’ve read for longer than I remember. Seriously. My Mom told me that at about three, I sat down at the dining room table, book in front of me, dictionary to the side & taught myself how to read. Sounds sort of crazy, but I actually believe it. I can’t remember not knowing how to read; my Dad loved words and had all kinds of dictionaries; my Mom wasn’t a bullsh*tter; and both of them were avid readers. Books, newspapers, magazines were in plentiful supply as I was growing up and my paternal grandfather, a physician, was famous for his library. So books are a constant in my family.

Marilou: I have been an avid reader as far back as I can remember. As a child I loved the library and during the summers the Bookmobile would come to the school every week and I was always the first one in line. I remember the feeling of holding those books in my hands and beginning another adventure that would carry me away. Reading has always been my release and something I couldn’t live without.

Alicia: Ditto on that one, Marilou. Do your children read?

Marilou: I started reading to my son when he was 1 month old and everyone thought I was crazy. Well my son is now graduating from High School and his reading test scores are through the roof! Who was the crazy one?

Alicia: How often do you read? Where do you read? And is there a time of day that is ‘reading’ time?

Marilou: I read every day, usually in the evening in my comfortable little corner of the couch. I take my book or my Kindle with me anytime I have any appointments to pass the time waiting, there is always a wait!

Ruth: Late afternoon or evening. On my iPad. We live in a house filled with books, but dusting them and wondering where I will find space for all the new ones I was constantly buying is no longer an issue. Liberating. I can indulge my book greed to my heart’s content.

Alicia: What genres are your favorites? Any you absolutely would never read?

Marilou: I have always been open to any genre of book, I don’t have a specific one. The only genre that I do not read is Horror, it’s just not my style.

Ruth: I read across genres. You never know when and where you’ll find something you love or something that will trigger a terrific idea.

Alicia to Ruth: Do you have an author you currently read that inspires your writing?

Ruth: All of them inspire me; it can be a word choice, a turn of phrase, a character portrait. They are all inspiring—even if reminding me what NOT to do!

Ruth to Marilou: How did you find my books? Which on did you read first?

Marilou: I first discovered your books when you selected me to read/review Decades. I don’t know what made you select me out of all the reviewers but I feel we are a perfect fit.

Alicia to Marilou: How did that first book affect you?

Marilou: I loved it! I could totally relate to the story, and I felt as if I understood the message Ruth was giving. Ruth presents a style of writing that will connect you to each character and allow you to feel the emotions and struggles that they face.

Alicia to Marilou: Which one of Ruth’s characters is most compelling to you? Any that you don’t like?

Marilou: I find all of Ruth’s characters to be compelling. Ruth has a wonderful way of bringing them to life and exposing their inner emotions and vulnerabilities. I find that I have compassion for all of them and can relate to them on a human level.

Alicia to Ruth: Is there a particular character you get the most compliments or complaints about?

Ruth: People tell me they find my characters—they each have positives and negative and I don’t flinch from rounded portraits—very believable and relatable.

Alicia to Marilou: What prompts you as a reader to contact an author?

Marilou: I have such a profound appreciation for all the work that goes into being an author. When I pick up a book to read and it almost physically transports me into the story I feel great satisfaction and appreciation of the work involved to be an author. When I read Ruth’s books they carry me back to places in my own life and I am swept up in the story. This is the very reason that I read, not only to learn but to be held hostage by the story and lose myself in the book. It has been my pleasure to have met Ruth and I very much enjoy our connection.

Alicia to Ruth: Have you ever had a reader’s feedback influence your work?

Ruth: Not that I can recall

Marilou to Ruth: Did you always want to be a writer?

Ruth: I was always a huge reader but when I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional skater with an ice show. In high school, I wanted to be a lawyer but a summer job in a law office cured that: behold the definition of toxic boredom.

Ruth to Marilou: What do you love to do when you’re not reading?

Marilou: When I am not reading I love to spend time with my family. I also like to crochet and do other crafty things. I love working outside in my yard and since I live in Daytona Beach the beach is a great alternative.

Alicia to Marilou: Is there something you’d like to say to most authors? Something you wish they’d understand better about readers?

Marilou: I feel that readers just want to be swept up in a story and taken away from their daily lives. Books have been a very important part of my life and I am grateful to all authors for their work.

Alicia: Ahhh. The perfect reader 🙂

The conversation continues on Alicia’s Blog, where you can read the complete Interview:

http://aliciastreet-roystreet.com

Connect with Ruth on her regular posts at Anne R. Allen’s blogspot: http://annerallen.blogspot.com/p/about-ruth-harris.html
Or on Twitter at – https://twitter.com/#!/RuthHarrisBooks

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