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truefriendinme
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Posted on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 10:50

To all our bloggers and relating to authors published ONLY within the last 50 YEARS: My question(s) is/are: (And I'll go first...) *****1) what do you read for fun? Well, in my quiet times-- that I value very much, by the way!-- I tend to read or surf the web. I just finished reading "Isle of Dogs" by Patricial Cornwell (blah!) and am next going to read "Book of the Dead" by the same author. I love her Kay Scarpetta series books. I also love to read other crime and mystery novels, both fiction and non. Biographies (auto or otherwise), too. ******2)Why do you like these books? I tend to gravitate towards books that are somewhat true-to-life, or "it could happen" type scenarios. I didn't like "Isle" because it was terribly impractical, predictable and unrealistic. ******3)Do you learn anything at all from them? If so, what? Her books are researched tirelessly and include alot of medical jargon and explanations as it relates to crime and the human body. I like this sort of thing, and I find the little bits of information stimulating. *******4) If you could ask this author any five questions related to his/her craft, what would they be? A. Why do you choose the subject matter you do? B. How do you decide how the victim will "die" and who it will be in your books? C. What types of books do you read, by whom? D. Are you at all like any of the characters in your books, which one(s)? E. Which authors / people inspire you the most and why? Happy blogging!!--True


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Posted on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 20:09

I have to agree with katwoman1968, those are some of my favorite authors as well for the same reasons...I love to read and having a library right next door to where I live is great so I always have a supply of books.


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Posted on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 23:00

Quoting: Originally posted by truefriendinme To all our bloggers and relating to authors published ONLY within the last 50 YEARS: My question(s) is/are: (And I'll go first...) *****1) what do you read for fun? Well, in my quiet times-- that I value very much, by the way!-- I tend to read or surf the web. I just finished reading "Isle of Dogs" by Patricial Cornwell (blah!) and am next going to read "Book of the Dead" by the same author. I love her Kay Scarpetta series books. I also love to read other crime and mystery novels, both fiction and non. Biographies (auto or otherwise), too. ******2)Why do you like these books? I tend to gravitate towards books that are somewhat true-to-life, or "it could happen" type scenarios. I didn't like "Isle" because it was terribly impractical, predictable and unrealistic. ******3)Do you learn anything at all from them? If so, what? Her books are researched tirelessly and include alot of medical jargon and explanations as it relates to crime and the human body. I like this sort of thing, and I find the little bits of information stimulating. *******4) If you could ask this author any five questions related to his/her craft, what would they be? A. Why do you choose the subject matter you do? B. How do you decide how the victim will "die" and who it will be in your books? C. What types of books do you read, by whom? D. Are you at all like any of the characters in your books, which one(s)? E. Which authors / people inspire you the most and why? Happy blogging!!--True

Hi True! 1. I read everything from fiction, to classic literature, to reference books, and everything in between. 2. I like fiction because I like to escape into imaginary worlds unknown with new friends and adventures at every turn. I like classic literature because I like to compare and contrast old ways of writing, and learn different styles to apply to my own poetry. And I read reference books because although I can't afford to go to school right now, I don't want to stop learning, and it's almost like escaping for a second into the world or civilization that the book is referring to. In short I like getting caught up in different worlds. 3. I learn something unique from everything I read, whether it be a children's book or satirical work, about the author's views at that time, their humor, their writing style, even how far they are willing to develop characters for you as opposed to you developing the characters in your head. 4. Well, If I could talk to any author, it would be Mark Twain, but as he is not in the last 50 years, I'll choose "Lemony Snicket" from A Series of Unfortunate Events. a. Why did you decide to make up a pen name and involve yourself in the story? b. Did you come up with the base ideas for the books in the order that they were written, or was it an overall puzzle that you put together after you decided on the series? c. Where did you draw your initial inspiration from, character names, places, etc.? d. Were you influenced by the disappointment of real life loses for the deaths and trials in the books? e. Were you writing the books for teens and adults to read as well, or was that a pleasant surprise? There was my book report. Now what's my grade? -Erin


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Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 05:52

True I love to read all sort of books, depending on my mood. Some months will be non fiction books about people or self help, and other times it can be anything from horror to romance. I read them to feed my needs, sometimes needing to learn more about myself or others and of course the need to get lost in the fantasy of some one elses journey


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Posted on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 21:57

Thanks Tom and Kat... To all else: Gheezsh, guys! You read blogs but not BOOKS??!!! Come on...I know we are all more educated than this! LOL! --True


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Posted on Sun, Oct 12, 2008 19:02

Hi True, I think you have started a nice subject line here, so here's mine. 1)I love John Grisham books. I don't read as often as I should but when I pry myself away from the idiot box (the old one (tv) and the new style (computer)) I read Grisham. 2)I first started reading these after seeing the movie "A Time To Kill". This was his second or third movie and I just wanted to checkout what else he had out there. 3)Short answer-Yes. Being from Mississippi I learn a lot about the people and towns around me. Although Clanton and Ford county(the setting for most of his books) are made up he still refers to real people and places. Some of his stories are based on real events of the south, not all in MS but he writes them so well you wouldn't know Clanton and Ford county wasn't real. 4)This one was harder for me because I know he was a lawyer so that's where he gets these ideas but there is one thing I always wanted to ask him- Why did he write the books (3 now) that are not about his normal writing subject. I like these books also but would love to know why he took the chance of changing a winning formula. I want to ask this because thats something thats not easy to do, stray from what you know works and try something new. Good luck to all here and keep reading---Tom


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Posted on Sun, Oct 12, 2008 13:41

1) I have to admit I'm a bookworm. My favorite books to read are anything mystery. My favorite author is Janet Evanovich. Her books add so much humor to the mystery of the book. I also love Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Mary Higgins-Clark and Carol Higgins-Clark. 2) I like these books because they put me on the edge of my seat and I love the surprise ending. The Janet Evanovich books also make me laugh til I could pee my pants. 3) I learn medical jargon and procedures from these books as well as alot about crime and the legal system. 4) How long does it take you to write a book? Where do you do your research? What if any authors do you read?


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