Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reader under the scope in thirteen questions with Karin B

I would like to introduce my first reader guinea pig for Reader Under the Scope, Karin B.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a 35 year old from Sydney. I love to read, travel and take photo's. I'm the country girl at heart who is stuck in the city. When I'm not reading, I am either on Facebook chatting to friends, while editing photos in the background or looking for somewhere to go for a drive to.
Oh no, you have the procrastinating disease. lol
  1. What kind of reading material do you read?
Mainly romance books, though I do love to read true crimes books as well.
  1. Where do purchase your books?
Since our local book store closed down last year, I've had to find most my books from Big W or K-Mart. Nothing saddens me more then seeing all these books stores closing down.
I'm with you there Karin, it's so sad.
  1. Do you have a favourite book and or author?
When I was younger my favourite books was The Boy For Me. It was from Jane Claymore Miner. It was the book that got me into reading.
Now my favourite book is from Karly Lane – North Star. You can tell by looking at it how much I love it, because I've read it so many time it has the very loved look about it.
I can't say I have a favourite author, as there is so many excellent ones out there. If You(Kerri Williams), Fiona Palmer, Mandy Magro, Nicole Alexander, Fleur McDonald, Karly Lane, or many others have a new book coming out, you can be sure I'm excited and want to read the book.
Awwe, shucks. Thanks Karin and you've named some of my fav's too.
  1. What do you look for when you purchase your reading material?
Something that I know will catch my attention straight away. I have a few books here that I haven't fully read yet as they just haven't grabbed my attention from the start. If it's got the country, romance and a great story line surrounded them two things, there is a good chance I will be buying it.
  1. Do you think book trailers are a good marketing tool?
Absolutely! I love book trailers! Most the time you will find that the book trailers are made from the Author themselves. It gives you an idea on how the Author themselves see the story. I could imagine a person in the book in a certain way, but to see how the Author pictures the person and the landscape in the book etc really sets how you see the whole thing.
That's an interesting perspective, thank you. I know when I do mine I want the reader to feel the book through the images and music I choose, so I guess that's what you're getting from it.
  1. Have you found your favourite authors on facebook, goodreads, twitter, google+, etc and other social media and if so do you interact?
I'm a true fan of finding my favourite Authors on Facebook. I've found a few this way and talked to them all. Most authors are friends with other authors as well, and thanks to that I've found more Authors and more books to read. It's an excellent tool for authors and readers.
So essentially we all stalk facebook lol.
  1. Have you joined any book clubs or reading associations, if not does this interest you?
I admit I haven't joined any. Though the thought of it does sound interesting. The question is, where do you find the good ones?
I know there are a few on goodreads but I'm a member of Australian Romance Readers who are fantastic.
  1. What is your pet peeve in a story?
I can't really say I have a pet peeve in a story. Each story is unique in there own way. If I love the book, I'm peeved that it ends. It should be a rule that there is a 1 year later part in all books. So we know what happened to our favourite characters. I often finish books and wonder what happened to the people.
Lol, both Taking Back His Widow and Nudging Cupid have epilogues so I know you're happy.
  1. Are you reading anything at the moment?
Just about to start reading The Girl in the Steel Cap Boots.
Oooh I have heard great things about that one.
Now there are three more questions but Karin has explained to me that she isn't in the middle of a read right now so it didn't apply to her but I will post them so future readers know what to expect.
  1. What do you think of it so far?
  2. What’s your most favourite part?
  3. Who would you recommend this book to?

Well that you Karin for joining us and sharing your reading views. I as an author find it interesting and a pleasure to find an avid reader who will take the time to share her love for reading.
Happy Reading everyone and please leave a comment/question for myself or Karin and we will answer them promptly and if you would like to be next months reader under the scope let me know.


Sally_Odgers said...

Interesting format for a blog, Kerri! Karin's reading experience is very unlike mine, which made it an interesting interview. And Karin - if you like Romance, the Country and a Story you might even enjoy my book "O'Connor's Last Stand" which is set in the outback.

BLCSDina said...

Great interview! Good luck on your book! Dina Rae

James L. Hatch said...

I love this concept and will be following your blog. Nothing can be more important to an author than the reader. I hope you will get readers of all genres, Kerri, if you can find them. I'd very much like to know what they look for in the books they buy.

Thanks for the insight, Karin.
James L. Hatch

Karlene Lane said...

Well done Kerri! I love, love, love this concept! I reckon we'll see this cropping up everywhere now! And I have seen Karin's copy of North Star and it makes me so happy to know my baby has found a good home!!! Thank You Karin xx

Karin said...

Thanks Sally, Dina, James and Karly. It was fun to do.
Sally, I will have to check that book out. Always looking for more to read :)
Karly, One day I will have to get a new North Star. This one is bound to fall apart.

Sally Christie said...

Good Job Kerri and Karin.

Recently, I look for authors with more than one title.

I like series books and will read them from oldest to newest. This is a new trend for me that is possible because of e-books. In our local store I would never find a full series of books displayed on a shelf.

Thirteen Questions does let us get to know a guest.

Thank you and I'm wishing both 'K's best sellers!

Kerri Williams said...

Karin, I want a new copy of Nort Star because it had a revamp and looks pretty.
Thank you to everyone who thus far has dropped by, I love this concept too and we always want to know a readers point and this way we should get it.

ME! said...

What a great idea! It's always interesting to see what other people think of books, and what they look for.