Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Reader under the scope in thirteen questions with Annette Payne

It's that time again for this month and it's my pleasure to introduce May's reader- Annette Payne.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself:

I'm 37 years of age, I grew up in Sydney South until I was 20 and then moved near the Blue Mountains. I moved to the Mid-North coast approximately 5yrs ago. I have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl aged between 8-2. I love to read when I'm able, chat with family and friends on facebook, go camping, I love taking photo's and relax on our property. I've worked in different types of jobs from Vet Nursing, Repossions in the bank, Dog Grooming, Australia Post Mail Sorter, Horse Stud Manager & now finally a Goat Farmer. I've always been a country girl at heart but stuck in the city.

  1. What kind of reading material do you read?

I love a good romance books with a bit of drama thrown in.

Who the heck doesn't Annette.

  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, Target or K-Mart. Nothing saddens me more then seeing all these books stores closing down.

  1. Do you have a favourite book and or author?

I have a few favourite books, the latest one was Taking Back His Widow by Kerri Williams. When I was younger I loved the Horse Whisper by Nicholas Evans and Judy Blume was another favourite author.

Bahahaha, and how much do I owe you for that inconspicuous plug :)

  1. What do you look for when you purchase your reading material?

It has to 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 a country theme or romance, along with a great story line, 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.

  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.

I absolutely agree Annette, even I have made friends with great authors via either book clubs or other author. Some I even approached after I read their book and just wanted them to know how much I enjoyed it. I know as an author I enjoy hearing that a reader liked my book so much they felt compelled to share it with me.

  1. Have you joined any book clubs or reading associations, if not does this interest you?

I admit I haven't joined any, due to my busy schedule but the thought of it does sound interesting. The question is, where do you find the good ones?

I will give you some, even I love book clubs and I've found a few really awesome books lately that I really don't think I would have heard about without them.

  1. What is your pet peeve in a story?

I can't really say I have a pet peeve in a story. I do get disappointed when a unique story turns to “Oh I know what is going to happen next and it does” I love twists but I must admit most of what I have read recently has been unique in its own way. I'm disapp that books end, they should have a rule that there is a 1 year later or even 5 years 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.

An epilogue- I use them because I'm the same. I want to know what happened to them later.

  1. Are you reading anything at the moment?

Just about to start reading A Song In The Daylight by Paullina Simons.

  1. What do you think of it so far?

Its a tragic story, Larissa Stark is a beautiful woman who plays many roles in her life: wife, mother, devoted friend. She has everything she ever wanted, until a chance encounter with a stranger changes Larissa's idyllic existence forever, leading her to question all the things she once believed were true. Faced with impossible choices and contemplating the unthinkable, Larissa struggles with an eternal mystery: how does one woman follow a divided heart?

Spanning the upscale suburbs of New Jersey, the slums of Manila and the desolate beauty of the Australian outback, A Song in the Daylight is a story of the bonds that unite us and the desires that drives us apart.

Whoa Annette, you should write reviews.

  1. What’s your most favourite part?

Its still to early in the book to tell.

  1. Who would you recommend this book to?

At the moment I would definitely recommend this book , It was recommended to me by a friend.

Well thank you Annette for participating today and I'll make sure I get that payment and Book club list to as soon as I can. lol

Happy reading and writing everyone.



BLCSDina said...

Annette, Thanks for sharing what you like as a reader-very beneficial article. BTW-Halo of the Damned has romance and twists and turns in it:) Yes, that's a shameless plug. Dina Rae

Kerri Williams said...

lol Dina. Shame shame on you! It was funny so I'll let ya have it.

Rachael Johns said...

Kerry - I'm LOVING your reader posts. What an awesome idea. Annette - like you I find it so sad that bookstores are dying. But at least by buying in Aussie chain stores, you're keeping the sales in Australia. I'm trying to do that now too, even if I buy online :)

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle said...

Great post- love reading them Kez!
Thanks for answering all those questions Annette!