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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Why that book? Why that author?

Tis the season  . .. 
cj Sez: I found the questions below at another blog a few months ago and thought what a great idea. So, here are some questions for you authors and readers.  (I hope you reply.)

What makes you want to buy a book – the cover or the blurb on the back of the book?
For me, it's both. The cover has to grab me, then the blurb has to make me want to know more about the story.

When you get into a story, what keeps you reading? Is it the bad boy hero or the tough, strong-willed woman or the cast of characters that help push the story forward?

Heroine or hero, I have to find a plot. I also like to find humor and some quick repartee in even the darkest of moments. When my heroine is about to go where she shouldn’t go or has never been before, I want the scene to be scary yet challenging at the same time.

What makes you like one author more than another?

I’m a wordsmith, but I’m not into graphorrhea.* That is, I want to be enchanted by the author’s voice…how she/he uses a few precise words and syntax to evoke some visualization and/or emotion in me.

            * graphorrhea  \ı graf-ә- rē-ә \ n : mental disorder marked by the writing of a long succession of meaningless words.
“A novel of such great length and of so little worth could only have been written by someone caught in the grip of graphorrhea.”

If you’re into reading a series, when do you get tired of it…or do you?

As long as the author keeps the storyline and characters fresh, I don’t have a problem with continuing to read a series ad infinitum. It’s when the storyline gets stale and takes the same direction over and over that I’m no longer interested in reading the next book, and I'm on to the next author.

Which brings me to reviews:  Do you take the time to write a review?
Without readers, authors have no audience, without an audience, authors are out of a job. Whether it's written on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, blogs, etc., constructive feedback is what keeps us going. We want to know our strengths and our weaknesses. We're polite; we say please and thank you.

I’d love to know your answers to these questions. So write in, already.

In the meantime, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo

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