The Reading Habits
Are you a re-reader? Why, or why not? And if you are, what are some of the books you have read over and over?
I am a re-reader. I’ve re-read many of the classics over and over. I re-read a lot of romances by Jude Deveraux and Kathleen Woodiwiss, as well as books by Bodie Thone, Herman Wouk and Grace Livingston Hill. One of the reasons I like to re-read is as a writer I love to see how the author develops the story. The other is just a love of the story itself. The characters are like old friends.
When is your optimal time to read – do you prefer to read in one long block, or do you also read for five minutes here or there when you can?
I love to read in the evening after work is done and I can just relax and not feel guilty. However, I take a book with me everywhere and will read while I am waiting on someone.
I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!
I’m all for them. Some stories don’t need 400 pages to get the point across. Calvin Miller wrote a wonderful novella that is still a favorite of mine called Snow. It was beautifully written. I’ve written novellas as well and find that they can be a lot of fun.
Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?
I love to read a wide variety. I like to read some of the best-sellers and other times I read something someone has recommended. I have my favorite authors as well and will continue to look for their books too.
Which factors most influence your selection of a book?
The author is my first influence. Other influences come from my friends and family. When someone I trust tells me a certain book is a must-read, I’ll usually go get it. When I’m just wandering the book store I’m probably drawn first by cover art and then back cover copy.
Tracie’s Reading Stack
Your fiction pet peeve?
Probably a lack of research would be my biggest pet peeve. If you’re going to write about something – learn about it and don’t just guess. My second pet peeve would be the issue of possibility vs. probability or plausibility. Yes an event or action that sets the story might very well be possible, but is it probable for the time period and setting? And lastly, I hate stories where the conflict is weakly motivated and continued.
What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?
Jodi Picoult’s VANISHING ACTS and Jen Turano’s CHANGE OF FORTUNE. Jodi’s keep me turning the pages because of the mystery and Jen’s because it made me laugh out loud.
How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?
Honestly I use whatever is at hand. I have a million bookmarks and I do use them, but if I can’t lay my hands on one, I’ll grab a receipt or tear off a piece of paper, etc.
Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?
Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse. This is a mother-daughter team and they wrote NO SAFE HAVEN together and it was amazing. I really enjoyed it.
When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?
Again the lack of research or glaring research errors will destroy a book for me and I probably won’t even finish it because my trust with the author is broken. I expect my authors to strive towards accuracy. That doesn’t mean I won’t overlook a mistake. I make plenty of them myself. However when a book is just one glaring error after another I lose interest.
What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?
Definitely The Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant by Bodie Thone. Of course that was more like 30+ years ago.
Don’t miss Tracie’s latest historical romance…
Abrianna Cunningham has always viewed her longtime friend, Wade Ackerman, as a protective brother. Lately, however, she’s begun to see him differently and finds herself attracted romantically to him. But she’s confused and overwhelmed by these unfamiliar feelings.
Wade, on the other hand, has loved Abrianna for some time and has been waiting for her to realize they are more than just friends. When he asks her to marry him, she asks for time to adjust to their changed relationship.
And then there’s Priam Welby, who has been relentlessly pursuing Abrianna. Will his underhanded tactics succeed in luring Abrianna into marriage with him?
Relz Reviewz Extras
Get to know Tracie
Character Spotlight on Jessica & Todd (A Matter of Heart)
Character Spotlight on Emmalyne Knox (The Quarryman’s Bride)
Character Spotlight on Merrill Krause (The Icecutter’s Daughter)
Character Spotlight on Carissa & Tyler (Taming the Wind)
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