How I became a...
I have an unseemly obsession with Italy and France, but have not been to either country. I like romantic comedies and adventure movies. I love making cocktails with little umbrellas in them, and I'm also quite fond of cooking. My favourite colours are blue, purple, pink, red and yellow, and I like to read.
It seemed like a natural progression from the amount of books I read. I saw an email on a writing list that I frequent calling for reviewers, and the rest is history.
My taste in books:
Call me old-fashioned, but I love vanilla romances. I also love children's and young adult fiction. I also enjoy science fiction, and I quite like fantasy as well. I love a good mystery - but to be honest, I favour romantic suspense. Chicklit is another big favourite of mine. Actually, I think the only thing that doesn't float my boat is erotica!
My favourite romance author is Shirley Jump. She's one of the funniest authors, and nicest women, that I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with online. Lisa Samson is one of the greatest character writers that I have ever read, and I also love CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein for fantasy. Margaret Mahy, a New Zealand author, is one of my favourite authors of children's and young adult fiction, and I have always loved Dr Seuss. Eclectic? Who, me?
What makes a book a keeper?
What makes me throw a book at the wall?
For me, it's all about the characters. If I can't connect with the characters, I don't get involved with the story, and I might as well put the book down. I want the character to become real to me, and I want to know why they're doing what they're doing. An engaging plot is important, but it has to fit the characters. There's nothing worse than reading a book comprised of characters doing things that are, well, out of character. And if you can squeeze in some humour, you get bonus points.
Abuse of power, chauvinistic men, and violence against women and children. And unlikeable characters. I can't stand unlikeable characters. Also, bad grammar, poor punctuation, and an immature writing style are also likely to get a book thrown against the wall out of sheer disgust.
My favorite genre and why?
My least favorite genre and why?
Chicklit for the voice of my generation, contemporary romance for the happy endings and likeable characters, and fantasy/science fiction for taking me out of this world.
My bathroom library:
My to be read list:
Linda Francis Lee's Sexy trilogy, Jennifer Crusie, Lisa Samson and CS Lewis It’s stacked so high I would take forever to list them all here…
It’s stacked so high I would take forever to list them all here…
My favorite links:
My favorite reading snack:
The most elegant 'Romance Divas' forum is lovely. Google gets visited at least once a day. I love the Australian Romance Online Bookstore, Siren, which feeds my romantic cravings for books difficult to find in Adelaide
Doritos Nacho Cheese.
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