Monday, July 23, 2007

Quaint Q&A for Writers and Readers

Amy Wallace, my friend and a fellow suspense author featuring FBI characters, tagged me with a unique Q&A especially for writers and readers.

1. What's the one book or writing project you haven't yet written but still hope to?

One day I hope to finish my medieval fantasy series. My hero rocks, and his love interest will steal your hearts! The first book in the series, Kingmaker, is the book of my heart, but fantasy is a tough sell. However, the Lord will light the way at the appropriate time.

2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with?

I’m well into Robert Liparulo’s Comes a Horseman. Excellent read! Of course, I love reading books by other authors who feature FBI characters. I always learn something I didn’t know about the Bureau from my own research, and I always find validation for my portrayals, too.

3. What was your first writing "instrument" (besides pen and paper)?

A PC that is now a dinosaur and extinct, but I sure gave it a workout!

4. What's your best guess as to how many books you read in a month?

Difficult question. Some months I read 5 – 6. Other months I have no time to read any. Depends on where I’m at on deadline or with family and church commitments. During the three years I served as Senior Inspirational Reviewer for Romantic Times magazine, I read 12 – 15 books per month.

5. What's your favorite writing "machine" you've ever owned?

I adore my Dell Inspiron laptop. It goes with me any time I travel, and I use it every day. It’s got loads of memory, which is so handy when you’re dealing with full length manuscripts.

6. Think historical fiction: what's your favorite time period in which to read?

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I probably enjoy either the medieval or Regency periods the most.

7. What's the one book you remember most clearly from your youth (childhood or teens)?

The Hobbit. That book entranced me from page one. I think my desire to be a writer was born with reading that book over and over again. Could I ever draw a reader into a fictional world so completely? Naturally, I had to move on into the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I also enjoyed Lloyd Alexander’s series that starts with The Book of Three. Loads of great imagery, wonderful characters, and deep themes. Madeline L’Engles’ A Wrinkle in Time was also a favorite, along with any of the YA books by C. S. Lewis. Oh, and I always enjoyed a good Encyclopedia Brown or Nancy Drew story. Evidently, my favorite genres are fantasy and mystery/suspense.

This Q&A is interactive for writers and readers. Go ahead and respond with your unique answers to one or more of these questions. Have a delightful day!

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