Yay it’s here. The first book, The Day Zombies Ruined My Perfectly Boring Life in the Boring Life Series had me flipping pages as it made me laugh, thrilled me and sent me into the scary world of Zombies. Jen Naumann is like no other when it comes to writing Paranormal. She knows the perfect formula to make the reader fall in love with her stories. Make sure to go to the bottom of the page to enter to win a copy of the first book in this series. I am so excited to bring you the cover for the second and final book in this amazing series.
As authors we always give interviews on our latest books, or talk about what’s going on in our minds. But do you ever wonder how the readers think? Ever wonder what they like or don’t like? I’ve decided each month to put a spotlight on a actual reader, who is not an author or a blogger. They read because they love it. My first interview is with 22 year old Franchesca. You want proof she loves to read? Here is her library.
1. What kind of books do you like to read?
– I like to read all sorts of books. I read non-fiction, fiction, historical fiction, biographies, memoirs, fantasy, YA, and children’s books. I read anything that interests me. I’ve even read books about volcanoes and Sing Sing Prison. I pretty much have random interests!
2. Why do you like to read?
– I like to read because even though I am reading on my bed, I end up going to other places. I think this is why I truly enjoy books for young readers. My imagination stretches beyond the words on the pages. I feel as if I became a new character in the book. Sometimes I get too involved and shout at the book as if the characters are really going to hear me. Reading is a great way to learn about new things, which is probably why I am so talkative when it comes to people reading books. I swear sometimes I think I have an antenna in my ears that only pick up “book talk”. My grandmother use to say that every single book we read has a lesson. This is what I live by when I am reading my books.
3. What part of a book do you like best?
– My favorite part of the book would have to be epilogues. A lot of times I get so involved in the stories that I want to know what happens next. I hate when the endings leave you hanging. I love when the author chooses to have an epilogue that takes place years later. My favorite Epilogue was the one in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling.
4. What trait in a character can you not stand?
– My least favorite trait in a character is almost always found in YA or children’s books. I can’t stand the bullies. I hate the characters that pick on other’s for being different or “just because they can”.
5. Do you prefer long chapters or short chapters?
-I don’t really have a preference when it comes to the length of the chapters. It doesn’t matter to me just as long as the book is good =)
6. How much description do you like in a book?
– I don’t like a lot of description but it has to be enough for me to want to pick of the book and read it. I usually get interested in a book with only a few words in the description.
7. What turns you off from a book?
– My answer for the next question pretty much sums it up.
8. How important are the covers to you?
– Since I am an art major I am a sucker for a good book cover. When I purchase a book or take one from the library, I have to have an original cover or an illustrated cover. I am not a fan of movie cover’s unless the designer gets extremely creative with people’s faces. Oh and I pretty much despise those little red blobs on the cover that say, “Soon to be a motion picture”. I most likely know that the book will be turned into a movie so I don’t need to be reminded!
9. What kind of book do you wish someone would write?
-This is a really hard question. All I can think of is last year when I was in my Earth Science class and I was learning about volcanoes. I thought it would be really cool to turn a supervolcano eruption into an apocalyptic story. I came across Mike Mullin’s series which amazed me because I didn’t think anyone else would be interested in this besides me. Most people like the whole zombie apocalypse thing, but I wanted to read something different.
10. Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
-I definitely prefer paperbacks. I am a huge page sniffer and I like to feel the pages on my hand and I also like to see the length of the book. I especially love when the pages turn yellow=D I totally get the reason behind ebooks I have a Nook so I can’t really hate them. I am particular about what books I get on my nook. If it’s just some random book I come across or a book part of series and it’s extremely cheap then I will get it on my Nook.
11. What are you sick of reading about?
– I can’t really say which books I am sick of reading. If I don’t like it I just won’t read it! I am sick of seeing books like “Fifty Shades of Grey” floating around. I admit I tried the book out and that is the only book I threw across the room and demanded my money back. I never finished it and I just hate it. So I am sick of seeing these Erotica books on the bestseller shelves of Barnes & Noble.
I would like to thank Franchesca for taking her time out for this interview.
If you are interested in being part of Insight Into a Reader’s Mind email me @ MMonteiro1020@gmail.com or send me a tweet @ twitter.com/MMonteiro33
My favorite part of the Actor’s Studio is when he asks them the list of Proust Questionnaire, it’s actually the only part I like. It’s a great way to see who these actors really are without them promoting their latest movie or project. So I thought what better way for readers to get to know an author better too. Every two weeks I will introduce you to an author and together we will probe into their minds. This week I’m excited to talk to Jen Naumann
HERE’S A LITTLE ABOUT JEN:
Growing up in the 80ies, Jen became a huge sci-fi nerd and developed an obsession with movies–E.T., Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Goonies being among a few of her favorites. She is a book, movie and music junkie with a love for anything paranormal and unusual. She is married to a farmer in southern Minnesota and tries to follow the madness of her four active children.
Now it’s time for the:
1. What is your favorite word?
Ornery. My father-in-law used to say it all the time and I would tease him relentlessly.
2. What is your least favorite word?
Theatre. I can never spell it correctly.
3. What turns you on?
Singers that can play guitars. Tattoos are nice, too.
4. What turns you off?
Negative people. Life is too short for that.
5. What sound do you love?
Jack Johnson’s voice. It makes everything better!
6. What sound do you hate?
Country music. Like nails on chalkboards.
7. What is your favorite curse word?
Jackhole. Not sure if it’s really a word or if I invented it. It started as a way for me to not swear so badly in front of my children, but now that they’re getting older I find myself letting everything fly (oops).
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A film composer! They get to be behind the scenes on all the movies, and I feel like the music they choose can really make or break it. I’m obsessed with musical scores and love picking out the right music for my book trailers. Music is my biggest passion after writing.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Farm. Technically I do it sometimes as I’m a farm wife, but those guys work DAMN hard and put in some seriously long hours. I don’t think many people realize just how much physical labor they do! I wouldn’t be able to do it full-time.
10. Tell us something no one knows about you?
I can’t think of anything no one knows, but very few people know that when I was a teenager I used to write a type of “fan fiction” in which I put myself into stories involving the brat pack from the 80s. I was obsessed with Molly Ringwald and Demi Moore. I think I still have some of those books around somewhere…
Check out Jen’s fabulous blog: paranormalya.blogspot.com
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Follow Jen on Twitter: twitter.com/naumannbooks
If you are interested in being part of the Author’s Studio email me @ MMonteiro1020@gmail.com or send me a tweet @ twitter.com/MMonteiro33
I’m so excited to show all of you Jen’s new cover for her book Mind Static. Jen and I became friends through twitter and since then I have not only made an amazing bond with her I’ve also become a huge fan of her work. She is an incredible writer who will spark each and every one of your emotions. Here is her new beautiful cover.
Check out Jen’s website: http://www.jennaumann.net
Ever since I’ve met Danielle on Twitter we have not only become friends, but I have also become a big fan of her books. I cannot wait for her new book To My Hero, which comes out April 21, 2013. Until then I’m excited to be part of her book cover reveal.
It would’ve been different if I had courage, even an ounce of it. But I was a coward from the day I met you, Ryan Crowley. I still am. In the end it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the same. It’s my fault.
When the unthinkable happens Carly Cavanough is left beaten, betrayed, and devastated. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Her parents won’t listen. Everyone in her life turns against her. She’s completely alone, except for Ryan Crowley, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She won’t admit to him what she can’t admit to herself. But he understands without words. He knows more about what she’s going through than she can possibly imagine and he knows what it will take for the healing to begin.
With Ryan’s help Carly begins to piece together the fragments of her once perfect life and embarks on a journey of love and healing, just long enough for the rug to be pulled out from under her again. Can she find the strength and will to pull herself together to save Ryan and herself when their lives are on the line?
Danielle’s Goodreads page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5292476.Danielle_Sibarium
Twitter page https://twitter.com/Sibarium
Visit Danielle at: www.daniellesibarium.com