|Lucky sits among my convention stash.|
Will he be lucky on Friday the 13th?
We are counting down the days 'til my children and I fly to LA for the RWA National Conference. You may be wondering why my children are coming ... I'll address that issue on Sunday. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing Elf from the READING ADDICT (at this link). Elf is truly an avid reader/reviewer of many genres. I invited her to join us for a cozy chat today ...
|Ivy is a future Reading Addict!|
Kim: You are truly a reading addict! How do you define an A/five star book?
Elf: A five star book for me is one that I race to finish to the exclusion of all other books and then promptly go back and either revisit favorite scenes throughout the book or start rereading it almost immediately. Usually I am reading two or three books at a time (in different genres so that I don't confuse the storylines) and one that will make me ignore the others is fairly rare. A five star book enraptures me every time I pick it up so that I get lost in it for minutes to hours just savoring some of my favorite scenes. I very rarely purchase hardback books but will definitely purchase titles that I consider five stars.
|A pirate at the RT Book Fair!|
Kim: What have you learned about the Romance World since you have started your blog, THE READING ADDICT?
Elf: I have learned that authors are incredibly hard working and have been surprised to discover that seeing your work published does not necessarily mean that you can make a living by writing. Authors have the same everyday challenges that most of us have including dealing with family, nature (heat, drought, rains, snow, etc.) and job obligations. I have also been really pleasantly surprised to discover that many authors really enjoy interacting with their fans since, as you know, I am usually a bit shy about pushing forward and talking to perfect strangers...no matter how much I adore their writing. There is a beautifully warm network that most successful authors participate in to support and encourage each other. I have a friend who was an aspiring author but was stifled by her critique group's negativity and I have been very pleasantly surprised to discover that this is not the norm. There is naturally some competition but most of the time authors seem to share resources and act as each other's sounding boards and cheering sections. I have also learned that we truly have made the entire world into a 'village' with the internet since I have been able to interact with people all over the world in countries that I will never have the opportunity to visit. There is also a fantastic network of bloggers who bring their enthusiasm and varied perspectives to add to the mix.
|World Book Night on Bellows Beach|
Kim: I am looking forward to seeing you at the RWA Literacy Signing. Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Elf: I am so happy that you and I are going to be able to renew our acquaintance and that I will have the opportunity to meet two of the three men in your life! I am also really thrilled to discover that Stephanie Laurens is going to be the keynote speaker because she is my very favorite Regency Romance author. I have high hopes that I will get a chance to meet her at the Literacy signing affair. I also hope to meet some of my other faves...Suzanne Brockmann, Lauren Dane, Sylvia Day, Beth Kery, Julia Quinn, Brenda Novak, Jayne Anne Krentz (whose works I have been reading since she wrote for series romances!), and I'd really love to meet Nora Roberts but I figure she'll be so swamped that I'll never get close! The other highlight will be to renew my acquaintance with Susan Gibberman who was the RWA librarian of the year a few years ago.
Thanks so much for having me visit, see you soon!
|Library on board the USS Missouri|
Mahalo, Elf, for joining us at SOS Aloha! In honor of Elf's wide range of reading interests, I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what you have learned about the Romance World in the past year.
I've learned that there is a wide variety of blogs to cater to different readers.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, July 14, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, July 15.
Kim in Hawaii
|Reading on Barking Sands|