indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Colleen of A Literary Vacation is chatting with us about her website.
Colleen, why do you blog?
I started blogging because I had been reviewing for a few other blogs for a while and thought…why not start my own?! While it does take a lot of time to format the posts and get them just right, I continue to blog because I absolutely love this wonderful bookish community I have found and I cannot think of a better way to interact with everyone than to share the books I love and those book and authors I’m excited to discover.
How many books a year do you read?
What is your favorite genre?
My absolute favorite genre is historical fiction, but I also love historical nonfiction, literary fiction, and mysteries and thrillers.
Where are the different places you read?
Honestly I’ll read anywhere, but the main places I read are my couch, my bed, and my office at work. If the weather is particularly nice I might go sit outside in the sun and catch some rays while I read.
What thrills you the most about reading?
Definitely when an author can shock me with some revelation or character flaw I never saw coming. That jolt of realization that sends me back through the pages to see what I missed is the best!
Name your favorite childhood book.
What is the first thing you consider when buying a book?
That is such a hard question, I consider so many things before deciding to buy a book (hey, I have a lot of books I want to buy and not enough money to buy them all!). Number one would have to be whether or not the book’s description captures my attention. If the description doesn’t pull me in then nothing else – including it being from a favorite author or being recommended by friends – is going to make me want to automatically buy it.
In a story, what is the most important aspect of that story?
Another hard but great question! It’s always so important, in my opinion, for an author to thoroughly develop both their characters and their plots, However, if I cannot feel something for the characters – whether that is love, sympathy, hate, appreciation, what have you – then I’m not going to become as invested in the story or enjoy it as much as I would have otherwise. I have to feel strongly about the characters, regardless of what that feeling is.
Authors, if you would like Heather to interview you for your B.R.A.G. Medallion Book and feel she is the right fit, please contact Stephanie M. Hopkins to get Heather’s contact information. Thank you.