J. J. Massa

About me

How I became a...

Hmmm... what to tell the world about me...Well, I'm five foot one inch--or so, I have brown hair, brown eyes, and a generally good attitude--unless you catch me before noon or my coffee. That's always going to be bad, just so you know. I'm blind and have been for a number of years. I got this great dog as a consolation prize. If anything can make it worth it, Cosmo does. He's great company and wonderful therapy. I'm not sure I do as much for him as he does for me, but I try. I like chocolate, cheddar cheese, coffee, and red wine. I think I mentioned some of that on here, didn't I? My father was military and my mother was never satisfied in one place. Therefore, I've been all over the world. I stay home now where the dog and I share a flat with my daughter and two cats.

I became an author when I ran out of books to read. I had gone through all of the e-publishers I could find and had read everything they offered. Everything. Really. So, I started thinking about what I'd like in a story. I just wrote it down and that was that.

My taste in books:

Favorite authors:

I don't have a certain taste, really. I read everything from Plutarch to Dickens, King to J.K. Rowling--I defy you to find 5 people who haven't read Harry Potter...though I won't read book seven. You can tell me about it if you want, but you can't make me read it.

I could write a book with only author names. I'll give this a shot, though. For first person, Sasha White. Nobody does first person as well as she does, in any genre. Of the sensual writers whose work I'm most likely to read--Mae Powers, Tilly Greene, Beth Williamson, Isabella Jordan, Lucy Monroe, Bianca D'Arc, to name a few. I've read most of W.E.B. Griffin, all of King (and Bachman) up till '96 + The Green Mile, Rowling--I don't like the entire story, but it was very well written. Poe, all of his stuff, and Arthur Conan Doyle, Patricia Cornwell, T. H. White, and um...many more.

What makes a book a keeper?

What makes me throw a book at the wall?

If I read it all the way through in a day or two depending on length, can't put it down, want to read it again--then it's a keeper.

Bad punctuation. Bad grammar. Trite, ridiculous prose. I can't wade through that stuff.

My favorite genre and why?

My least favorite genre and why?

Whatever I feel like reading today is my favorite genre. Why? Because that's what I feel like. :-)

I really don't have a least favorite genre...maybe Sports Education or Urban Planning and Development. I don't know what it is about those subjects, but mostly they don't interest me. I suppose that could change. I'll let you know.

My bathroom library:

My to be read list:

I read on my computer which never goes in the bathroom. Therefore, no bathroom library. Sorry.

That changes every single day, several times a day. I read bits of all kinds of things during the day and re-read old friends depending on the mood I'm in. chances are it will include Sasha's newest, something by Earl Stanley Gardener, Jules Verne, or possibly H.G. Wells, though Koontz, an older Stephen King, or one of Rae Monet's books might be what grabs my imagination. It all depends on where I want to go to escape.

My favorite links:

My favorite reading snack:

Amazon.com, Peapod.com , Target.com, Sears.com, maximumscented.com,-soy candles. I love 'em. joannfabrics.com-I crochet while I'm reading. I spent way too much on yarn this month.Oh, and Retailmenot.com - My daughter turned me on to it. I do all my shopping online. and www.purple.com, because it is what it says it is and that's all it is.

Triscuits and Cheese. And red wine. I'm a Triscuit junkie. The cheese just adds protein. And Red wine means it's sophisticated, right?

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