I’ve been tagged by my friend Krysten Lindsay Hager (you’ll find her in my Author Friends tab) in the “Ultimate Book Tag”. This is the Halloween edition! You can read my answers below, but you can see Krysten’s answers on her blog right here.
I now tag another author friend, Valerie Howard! Check out her blog later on for her answers: http://penhelp.wordpress.com/
1. Do you get sick while reading in the car? No.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why? I love Oscar Wilde and his humor. I also like the uniqueness of Mark Twain in Huckleberry Finn. I really admire the way he captures the way Huck speaks. You can hear the accent and I love it.
3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. Harry Potter always. Twilight never. 1) Harry Potter is an example of a brilliant imagination paired with excellent writing. Twilight’s whole plot makes me feel like brain cells are dying. I get that they’re insanely attractive for whatever reason, but a choice between a vampire and a werewolf? Get real. Neither one of those=sexy, attractive man. It’s a deal breaker for me. And the main character Bella needs to re-think priorities if she has no attraction whatsoever to HUMAN men and believes the way to happiness is to give up college, career and family to be with a dangerous blood-sucking husband. Since when does marriage mean having to give up everything you have and all that you are? I have so many issues with the plot. Okay, rant over. 2) JK Rowling can really set the scene and pull you right in to the story and the location. 3) Harry Potter keeps going strong, book after book, you get through the story fast and you’re not sitting there wanting those hours of your life back. It has the right amount of humor, action, suspense and emotion.
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)? No, but if I’m going to an appointment, I like to have a book in my purse or on my phone.
5. Do you smell your books? No. I’m going to say it: that’s just weird.
6. Books with or without little illustrations? Well, if I’m reading a children’s book I suppose illustrations are nice…otherwise no.
7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? I loved Confessions of a Shopaholic. I hesitate to say it’s not quality writing, but it’s not Charles Dickens so…it was just fun. I was an English major so reading anything other than the classics felt like I wasn’t reading quality writing for a while.
8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share! I read a few Nancy Drew books when I was young and got a little freaked out at night. Then my mom got me Little House on the Prairie. I really enjoyed those books. LOL
9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf? Sonnets of the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
10. What is the thickest book on your shelf? The Complete Works of Shakespeare and the Norton Anthology of English Literature (both of them) are about the same size.
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author? Why yes, I’ve published two novels: Julia the Secret Keeper and Julia the Secret Blogger. I’m currently working on a new book.
12. When did you get into reading? Somewhere around the time my mom had The Cat in the Hat memorized because she read it to me so many times:)
13. What is your favorite classic book? Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English? Yes! What else is there???
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do? I’m always polite when people give me presents. Just because they give it to you as a gift, doesn’t mean you have to keep it or read it.
16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games? It’s not lesser-known, but Harry Potter reminds me a little of the Chronicles of Narnia, with the hidden fantasy world. I can’t stomach the Hunger Games. It’s too morbid for my taste. I get the feeling the writer of these questions had a lot to say about Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games. LOL.
17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging? I am not yet sure. I have only just begun to blog as an author. Before this, I blogged gluten-free tips and recipes.
18. What is your favorite word? Yes. LOL
19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above? I think I’m technically a nerd because I have seen every episode of Star Trek and Doctor Who. I also have an untold number of Star Wars novels…
20. Vampires or Fairies? Why? Ummmm…no.
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why? Can’t do angels after watching Doctor Who…ha, ha, ha…you know, don’t blink! Now Angel statues creep me out. I do love me some sci-fi so let’s go with shapeshifters.
22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? Neither please. Not into ghost stories or wolves.
23. Zombies or Vampires? Both are ridiculous choices. One will suck your blood and the other will eat you. Bizarre game of “would you rather…” So I guess I’m supposed to fall in love with one and marry him. Then I could be the latest main character in the bestseller list. Let’s go with Zombies. It will be over quicker and readers can get back to their lives! LOL.
24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love Love triangle. As long as I’m not in them personally, a love triangle always makes a good story.
25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in? I don’t do a lot of action, but I do like some. I won’t read full-on graphic romance. I do enjoy sweet, clean romance novels.