I have decided to devote a page to the most important people in a writer's life,besides, God, Family and country. I added the country part for the ones who willcomplain about how I worded this. Anyway like the title said, Readers are why writerswrite. So please allow me to introduce you to Brenda, my very first guest here on thispage. Thank you, Brenda, for being brave enough to do this.NamasteDyanne
Brenda, thank you for agreeing to be a part of what I think is the most important page on my web. Without readers, writers would be alone. The entire writing process as I see it is a marriage between the two. And as such there has to be open communication so that each party knows what to expect, what's wanted and what they need to do to improve the relationship.
Dyanne: Brenda, would you tell us about yourself please? Share as much as you feel comfortable with.
Brenda: I am married with 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter). My husband and I have known each other since 6th grade, about 33 years. I have lived in Athens, Georgia all my life. I have always loved reading. I spent most of my high school in the school or public library. I am kind of shy and don't like talking about myself a lot.
Dyanne: What genres do you read and why?
Brenda: I read mostly Romance, Erotica, Christian and some Mystery genres. Because I just love a book that is well written and it really does not matter to me genre.
Dyanne: Without naming titles, what kinds of stories give you your greatest joy?
Brenda: Books that hook me from the first sentence and does not let me go until the final word. A book that keeps me up all night because I just can't it put it down wanting to know what happen next. A book that makes me laugh, cry, and start reading all over again once I finish.
Dyanne: Again without naming titles, what kind of stories do you have problems with?
Brenda: A story that goes off track by going into a subplot that adds no insight to story or characters.
Dyanne: Is there something the author could have done t make the story better for you?
Brenda: Leave out unnecessary plots and characters.
Dyanne: Would you give an author a second try if you were disappointed by the first book?
Brenda: Yes and I have given authors second, even third tries.
Dyanne: Would you write the author and tell them of your displeasure or would you write an on-line review?
Brenda: No I would never write an author and do that, for fear of the response I would get and I don't want hurt their feelings. But I have written on-line reviews.
Dyanne: What do you think of on-line reviews? Do they influence the books you buy?
Brenda: They are a good resource when considering purchasing a book from an unknown or an author I have never read before. As long they are not nasty and stick to honest review of the book.
Dyanne: Are most of your books purchased from the Internet or from the bricks and mortal bookstores?
Brenda: I mainly get my books from the brick and mortar bookstores. I have ordered from Internet through Amozan.com or directly form publisher.
Dyanne: This brings me to another subject. If you go to the bookstores to purchase your books are you having a hard time finding AA fiction?
Brenda: No, the local Borders bookstore has a whole section dedicated AA fiction and they will order a title if it they don't have.
Dyanne: A lot of talk about the way AA books are shelved in bookstores takes up a lot of time on many of the loops. Do you have an opinion on this?
Brenda: No not really, being somewhat of bookworm, I like spending time in bookstores just browsing and searching for books.
Dyanne:What advice would you give to all writers on maintaining a healthy relationship with their partners, THE READERS?
Brenda: Maintain contact whether it's through an online group, electronic newsletter or website. Don't put up a site and just forget about it, update often.
Dyanne:Is there anything that I didn't ask you that you would like to say?
Brenda: The cover is very important. I almost didn't buy a book once because the male on the cover looked about sixty, total turn off.
Dyanne: Brenda, once again I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk to me.