Book Review- I Was Here

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Published by Penguin on January 7, 2015 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 266
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When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here was an amazing book, but very different from the other Gayle Forman books I read (or rather, listened to on audio tape). But maybe (just maybe) that is what makes her such an amazing writer. Her books are unique and enthralling, giving the reader something to remember each time the story has concluded.

I finished I Was Here in two days. As I got further and further into the pages, it became harder and harder to put the book down. Every scene had a purpose in driving the plot forwards, giving me (as the reader) a reason to cling on to every perfectly chosen word.

Another thing I love about the book is how seamlessly Gayle Forman was able to blend the tenses. The backstory was given exactly when it was needed; without the fumbling words of a less experienced writer.

The last thing I want to say about the book is how raw the emotions are. It’s so easy to believe the characters are real because of how real they seem. Cody is brought to life by her emotions; the loss of her best friend, Meg, and how she found herself (for possibly the first time) because of it.

Everything down to the title was crafted with perfection. I have no choice but to give I Was Here five out of five hearts.

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I’ll admit, it took me a while to get through the first few chapters, but once the book has you in its grip, there is only one way out: finishing the book of course!

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Creatures of the Night Book Tag

 

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Being a lover of all things supernatural, doing this tag was a no brainer. I originally saw it over on Dreamland Book Blog , but it started on Katytastic’s booktube channel. You can see the video here.

The challenge of the tag is to pick books containing different types of creatures of the night. The creatures are: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, fairies, demons, angels,  and super humans. Here we go!

Vampires

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Vampires and pirates. Vampirates.The whole series was amazing, and a whole lot of fun to read. Twins Conner and Grace are picked up by different pirate ships, and have incredible adventures. The vampires in this book were terrifying and mystifying at the same time. They are definitely my favorite vampire books.

Werewolves

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Picking a book about werewolves was a tough one for me, mostly because of all the creatures of the night, werewolves are one of my least favorite. My older brother actually recommended I read this book, and it surprised me. I actually enjoyed it. Dreama (Dree for short) is a very interesting character, and was a lot of fun to read about.

Ghosts

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Anna Dressed in Blood was an easy choice. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ghost book quite like it, and probably never will. It is definitely my favorite. There is something about it that keeps me coming back to read it again and again and again (it also doesn’t hurt that it’s printed in red ink!).

Witches

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Yes, Brooklyn is (very) self-obsessed, but if you finally inherited powers that let you do almost anything (including giving yourself a total makeover), wouldn’t you be? The book was very entertaining, and though it wasn’t (anywhere close to) as good as the Harry Potter books, I picked it because it was fresh and a fun read.

Fairies

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Is there really any other choice? I grew up reading Grimm’s Fairy tales, and it will forever be my favorite fairy tale book. They are all so well writer, and even though many are similar, they all have elements that make them unique and enjoyable.

Demons

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Of all the books with demons, I picked City of Bones. I thought the book was original and fun to read. I also did really like the movie (despite the bad reviews it received). The world that Cassandra Clare created is realistic and believable, and her characters are pretty awesome, too.

Angels

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I’m not really sure that Max and her gang qualify as angels, but I’m going to go with it (especially because the first book is called The Angel Experiment). These books are action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. Every book was as exciting as the last, and I definitely read them all more than once.

Super Humans

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Demi-gods count as super humans, right? The Percy Jackson series (and Heroes of Olympus series) are some of my all time favorite books, and this list wouldn’t be complete without them. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are as entertaining as they are kickass. My childhood would have been so much different without them.

 

So that’s my list! Anyone who decides to do the tag (or has already done it), feel free to leave a link in the comments! I would love to read it! What are your favorite books featuring creatures of the night?

The Coffee Book Tag

 

photo-1424020128429-a60765861de1When I first say the Coffee Book Tag over on Coffee Book Love I knew I would have to participate. I love both coffee and books way too much not to. The tag was started by the YouTube channel BangadyBangz. You can see the video here. Lets begin!

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“Name a book that’s really hard to get into but has hardcore fans.”

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I’m going to say the Vampire Diary books. They are so completely different from the TV show that the fan bases are different. But, I have friends that are such big fans of the books they refuse to even try the show. I personally had a hard time getting into the first book, and never read past it.

*I’m not talking about the VD books based off the TV show

Peppermint Mocha

“A book that gets more popular during the festive season.”

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A lot of people have said Harry Potter for this one, and I have to agree. There really is something about the books that just reminds me of Christmas. Probably because J K Rowling just has an amazing way of describing things, and her Christmas feasts just sound so amazing (and look amazing in the movies)!

Hot Chocolate

“Your favorite children’s book.”

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This was a really hard one to choose, mainly because of the huge amount of books I read as a child. But The Magic of Spider Woman might just be my favorite (which is strange considering my phobia of spiders). Something about it just drew me back to read it again and again.

Double Shot of Espresso

“A book that kept you on the edge of your seat.”

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Unraveling. Without a doubt. This book (and the sequel) kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I read it in a single sitting. Then, I read it again. Unraveling is definitely one of my favorite books.

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“A book you see everywhere.”

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There are a lot of really popular books, but I think The Fault in Our Stars takes the cake. It is literally EVERYWHERE. Honestly though, I wasn’t that impressed when I read it. It was a bit of a let down.

That Hipster Coffee Shop

“Shout out to an indie author/book!”

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I’m going to go with Shearwater by Derek Murphy over on Creativeindie.  Although I haven’t read the book (yet), it is up there on my TBR and his blog posts about the launch were fascinating to read. Also, I love his blog, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to do that!

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“A book you expected more from.”

 

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If I hadn’t already used them I probably would have went with The Fault in Our Stars or The Vampire Diaries. But I did, so I’m going to go with Quarantine. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, but it wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I feel like it could have been so much better if someone else (see: Veronica Roth or Suzanne Collins) wrote it.

 The Perfect Blend

“A book that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.”

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I’ve read a lot of books that could qualify for the perfect blend, but the first one that came to mind was definitely Allegiant. I loved the whole Divergent series, but Allegiant definitely took be on the hugest rollercoaster ride. I don’t want to give away any spoilers (just incase you for some reason haven’t torn through these books already), but I bawled my eyes out for two days straight after I finished it.

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Thank you guys for reading! If you liked the post and want to tag yourself, feel free! Leave your link in the comments so I can check your answers out!

Author Q&A- Jamie Hoang

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamie Hoang, the award winning author of Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. This tea loving author is proud of being different, and not one to miss. Read the Q&A below.

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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember, but I’ve been a writer for about 12 years. I started in screenwriting in college but gradually shifted to novels in my mid-twenties. I had a fantastic professor at UCLA, Kris Young, who really inspired me to embrace the thing that made my writing different–me.

Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?

A: Story. I love story. When I was a kid we didn’t have a lot of money, but my cousins and I would go to the library every Friday and we’d take home a stack of books as big as we could carry. If I’m being honest I was motivated by the prizes one could win by reading the most books, but than something shifted. I fell in love with the power of story and have been an avid reader ever since. Triumph over adversity inspires me the most and I think it will continue to be a theme throughout my writing career. I love a good underdog.

Q: Tell me about your book Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. What was the original idea behind it?

BSYS Cover Kirkus-SMA: I read an article about a Dutch painter in her 40s who was going blind. She talked about her fears, which involved not only losing her independence but her sense of self. As a creative person, the story resonated with me and I started to explore what I would do if I learned I was going blind. I love to travel so that seemed a natural step for Aubrey to take, and as I dug deeper into my research, the theme of perception emerged and became the thread that held the story together.

Q: Which of your characters is most like you and in what way?

A: Most people are surprised to learn that the character most like me is actually Jeff. I’m a very guarded person by nature and when I was 23 I suffered my first real heartbreak. This event sent me on this amazing around-the-world journey that inspired a lot of what happens in the book. Like Jeff, I’ve had to study art in order to appreciate its value and depth. Writing BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY changed the way I look at art, because once I knew the artistic process and all that creating a painting entailed, it was hard not to appreciate it.

Q: You say you love tea. Is that what you drink when you write? How do you feel about coffee?

A: Yes! I am obsessed with tea loose leaf tea. I’m not a snob about my tea, I just like the calming effect it has. I drink coffee too, but usually when I can’t write. And when I’m really stuck I often take a walk as well. It could be for a few minutes or a couple hours, depending on how the deep the problem runs. So I take coffee on my walks because it gives me a nice pep.

Q: What is your favorite type of tea? What about it do you like?

A: Green tea is my go to tea. But I have a routine. I drink English Breakfast in the morning because it’s the strongest. Then I move on to an Oolong tea, which is a black tea, but lighter. And I usually end with a Green Tea, which for me is like immersing myself in a hot tub full of bath salts and surrounded by candles.

Q: If you could be any character from any book, movie, or TV show, who would you be and why?

A: I would be Aubrey! I think I wrote her because she’s everything I’d want to be. She’s strong and confident and undeterred by her condition. I also love to travel, so getting to see more of the world would be a dream come true.

Q: If you could give high school you advice, what would it be?

A: Start early and trust your instincts. Your “mistakes” are going to be your greatest assets, so live foolishly and take risks.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?

A: I don’t have favorite places so much as favorite moments. There’s a scene in my book where Aubrey and Jeff are in China and they come across the Lotus Festival and see a beautiful display of lights in the night sky. That was based on an actual experience I had. I was sitting on the rooftop of a hotel in Shanghai. It was a quiet night and my sister and I were reflecting on the history of China, which we had seen in museums earlier that day, when I looked out at the city and saw a single light rise up into the sky. Then ten more, and before I knew it there were hundreds of lanterns floating toward the stars. It was hands down one of the coolest travel experiences I’ve ever had.

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: Being different is a good thing. Actually it’s preferable if you want to be a writer. The world doesn’t need another (insert any other writer here), it needs you.

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Author Q&A- J. Manuel

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing a marine turned author; J. Manuel. With his first book, From Filth & Mud, out and a second on the way, J. is definitely an author to look out for. Read the interview below.

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Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I’ve been writing since as far back as I can remember. I liked letters, and loved tracing them over and over again as a little kid. I then progressed naturally to words. I wrote my first book when I was ten years old on an old typewriter that my dad had salvaged from his job at the factory where he worked as a welder. I loved hammering away at those keys. There was something cool sounding about the slap of the little hammers as they punched the ribbon into the paper. The book was called “The Guardians”, and it was about two crime-fighting heroes in Batman-esque costumes. DC would have definitely had a solid copyright infringement case against me.

I can’t say why I started writing. It’s just something that I’ve always done, like talking. I like to talk a lot. It’s as if every thought that I have has to come out somehow either through my mouth or my hands. Writing is just the medium I use to refine the randomness that streams out of my mouth.

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: The natural world inspires my writing more than anything. I’m at peace in nature, and when I’m at peace my mind is clear enough for me to start to pick out all of the voices, stories, and ideas that are constantly playing at full volume in my head. There are times though when I’m under immense stress that some of the most powerful of those stories come bursting through in very emotional and unrefined forms. The chaos sometimes gives birth to good stories so I’m starting to get a handle on just letting them crash through.

Q: Does the time you spent in the Marines influence your writing? If so, in what ways?

A: Absolutely. My time as a Marine Infantryman made me realize how pretty insignificant I am. I enlisted as a seventeen-year-old, skinny, nerdy kid who wanted to leave home, and who thought pretty highly of himself. Once I set foot on Parris Island, I realized how mistaken I was about everything. The biggest influence however, came during 2003 when my unit was deployed overseas. My detachment ended up patrolling the waters of the Shatt Al Arab, in the Euphrates River delta in Um Qasr and Az Zubayr, Iraq. There I was, twenty years old, in body-armor carrying my M249 SAW light machinegun, in 120 degree heat, drinking hot water from my CamelBak, looking into the murky, polluted water of the Euphrates, cursing every choice I’d ever made, and generally hating life, when it struck me. I was navigating the life-giving waters of Genesis. Somewhere upriver was the Garden of Eden, and then I started to laugh. What a cruel joke.

My writing reflects this kind of irony. The first drafts of my work tend to be pretty morose, sometimes to the point where I reread it, and I have to remind myself that life isn’t all that bad. I do shirk from happy endings in the traditional sense. Being alive is sometimes good enough for some of my characters, but death can provide its own brand of comfort. I’m not a fatalist mind you. There is beauty in struggle.

Q: Tell me about your novel, From Filth & Mud. What was the original idea behind it?

A: From Filth & Mud is a project that was ten years in the making. It is the story of Jacob Harrington, a once proud Marine whose glory days are behind him. Jacob now finds himself battling his demons and it’s taking a toll on his family. Should he exit stage left? Just as he teeters on the precipice, he fatefully runs into his old war-buddy who comes offering salvation. How’s about a job as a private military contractor? Jacob relishes the opportunity for renewed purpose, and as he is about to redeem his lost dignity, his world comes crashing down around him.

Meanwhile thousands of miles away in sunny Silicon Valley, a young research scientist toils fruitlessly, but suddenly after a myriad of failures, eureka! Dr. Emmanuel Monte-Alban has created a cure for the inevitable scourge of humanity, a cure that will also save Jacob’s son. This cure may prove to be deadly effective, and in the hands of his employer, BioSyn, it most certainly will. While the young doctor is pressed into perfecting his creation’s effectiveness, a few competing sovereign interests uncover his work. Could his creation be weaponized? Enter the Dragon, the Eagle, and the Bear. Oh my!

When the doctor disappears, Jacob is called to lead a highly-skilled team of mercenaries to find him and his cure. There is one catch. Jacob must return to the site of his spiritual death, Basrah, Iraq in a quest for redemption. No outcome is certain, but the fate of his salvation, his son’s, and perhaps the world’s hangs in the balance. Let’s hope Jacob is not found wanting.

I began writing the first few pages back in 2005. I was a student at Connecticut College then, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in creative writing which is about as far from Marine Infantryman as you can get. That was also the time when I was suffering from a powerful bout of depression. I was honorably discharged from my unit the year before, and I had still not adjusted to life back home after being deployed for a year. I saw the story that would turn into From Filth & Mud as a way to give tangible life to the tumult that was in my mind, and so I began to put words to paper. Then life got in the way, and I just stopped writing. I guess I convinced myself that I had to get serious about my life, but I never forgot the story. I graduated with my English degree. There were no job prospects so naturally law school seemed like a good idea. Finally, last year, after avoiding the story for so long, I decided that I couldn’t ignore the urge to return to the story. I decided to go for it. I squirreled away every spare minute at night and weekends to give life to the story that I had begun a decade ago.

Q: What was the most challenging part of publishing From Filth & Mud? Is there anything you wish you had done differently?

A: Everything about publishing the novel was challenging, but if I had to pick one thing that was the most challenging it would be the editing. I did not realize how rough the first run of my manuscript was until I began to reread it. Four rounds of editing later, and I was still dismayed at just how unpolished it was. The problem came from the fact that I wrote the story as it came to me, and without a good writing program like Scrivener. I ended up cutting about 30,000 words and deleting several characters, some who I had fallen in love with, but who just did not fit into the novel. If I had the opportunity, I would have written the novel with an eye toward the editing process. I have taken this as a valuable learning experience, and it has benefited my writing of Paper Tigers.

Q: If you could be a character in any book except your own, who would you be and why?

A: I would be the Time Traveler from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. This was the first book that I read that made me realize that the world could be full of wonders, and that it could certainly be much more interesting than what my government housing neighborhood, (the projects), had to offer. I also really liked that the protagonist of the story was a scientist who was not only a theorist, but an engineer, and an adventurer. I was a Bill Nye kind of kid, and so this story was right up my alley.

Q: What writing projects are you working on now? What can you tell me about them?

A: I am working on my second novel Paper Tigers. It is a legal thriller with a heavy dose of science and science fiction. It takes place in the same universe as From Filth & Mud, and some characters will be crossing over from where they left off in the first novel. I haven’t fully flushed-out the extent of their mixing into the Paper Tigers storyline. Paper Tigers is not a sequel to From Filth & Mud, and can be read without prior knowledge of the first novel. As with From Filth & Mud, there will be plenty of action and hard science fiction. Think of it as The Firm meets Sphere with a smattering of Call of Duty gunplay.

Q: Do you have any ‘writing rituals’ or things you find yourself doing while you write?

A: Who doesn’t? I love to have coffee while I write. I do a lot of my fun writing at Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. When I need to get serious, and have to work through some trouble spots, I have to be home, usually talking aloud to myself while pacing in circles like a madman. For really tough writer’s block however, I go to my temple; the jiu jitsu mats. There, at Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, I find clarity of mind in the pure exhaustion that comes from fending-off a training partner who is trying to break my limbs, or trying to choke me unconscious.

Q: How much ‘grunt work’ goes into your writing?

A: I would characterize ninety percent of writing as grunt work. I didn’t ever think so until I published From Filth & Mud. Writing a novel is work, and grunt work is the only kind that counts. Sure stream of consciousness writing is fun, but mine is often such emotional dribble that it is hardly legible. It takes serious work to craft my piles into something a reader would want to read. Then again, I was a grunt so I’d say that I’m kind of biased.

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: I am a big believer that art in all forms can be a great vehicle to foment positive change. I also believe that art has a duty to better humanity which is why I am donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of From Filth & Mud to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I plan on making charity a big part of my work, and I will be doing so for every novel that I publish in the future as well.

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Author Q&A- Fiona Quinn

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Fiona Quinn; the amazing author of the Lynx Series among other works. She somehow finds the time to write in-between homeschooling her children in the most amazing way possible. Her books are definitely not ones to miss! Read the interview below.

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Q: What is the first thing you would want somebody to know about you?

A: The grey hair comes from teaching my teens to drive. I just started kid #4 behind the wheel. Have kids they said. It’ll be fun they said.

Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I have been a story teller since I can remember. My grandmother said that I have two traits of the Irish: I have the wanderlust, and I am full of blarney. I would say three traits. My skin is so fair that I can burn under a 40-watt bulb – but that doesn’t really inform my writing.

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: I am inspired by my own curiosity. I take classes, travel, read, and meet people; and eventually, all of these strands twist themselves into a yarn of some kind or other.

Q: You have published several books including the Lynx series, Mine, and Chaos Is Come Again. What inspired these books?

A: Chaos Is Come Again has a kind of funny story behind it. I was new to Twitter and John Dolan tried to save me from making a buffoon of myself by explaining RTs to me. Soon, we started playing a game where we each advanced a story by a single tweet. John wondered if we could do something with this – like turn it into a noir novel. Now here’s the thing, John is an English ex-pat living between Thailand and Dubai. I’m a Canadian ex-pat living near DC. Our time zones were 8 hours different. But somehow, through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, we wrote this novel. And I think it’s great – if you like your humor dark.

Minecame from an invitation to be part of an anthology. Each novella was about a small town murder mystery. My character, Kate Hamilton, got a lot of requests for a follow up novel, so that’s churning in the back of my brain.

The Lynx SeriesStarted with a journey. I’m a homeschooling mother (unschooling to be precise) One year, my oldest two moved out for college, and I packed up the younger two to take them on an adventure. We toured the USA for 6 weeks, studying history, lit, science, and cultures along the way. As I was driving, I wondered how my children’s unusual way of being educated (it was highly unusual when we started 20 years ago) would impact them as adults. I had a lot of time to think as I drove 9,000 miles.

What I did was write WEAKEST LYNX in my head. Lynx was an unschooled girl who grew up with the mentoring system I put in place for my own kids – only a little more extreme. And it needed to be. Lynx had some very extreme events happen in her life. I wanted to see how Lynx would handle things in ways that were unique to her background and temperament. It was a very fun exercise, and I absolutely loved writing this novel. The next three novels followed – all of them named by Kid #4 – MISSING LYNX, CHAIN LYNX, and CUFF LYNX.

Q: What challenges have you faced in your writing career?

A: Everything about a writing career is a challenge. It is not for the faint of heart. Lots of learning curves about the business side of things, and then when you think you’ve “got it,” you find out that everything changed on a dime, and you have to start another learning curve. I try to think of it as mind yoga – strengthening my brain, building new and amazing synapsis…that’s me thinking positively. It really is a very interesting and challenging time to have a writing career. The easy part for me is the writing.

Q: What advice would you give to new writers?

A: Write because you love it. Then love yourself for writing. Be gentle with yourself. Stretch to make yourself better because stretching feels good. Enjoy the process. Enjoy getting into the mud and flailing around. Enjoy the darkness that your writing lets you take out and examine. And the goodness. And the beauty. And then, if you want to, share it with others – and if you don’t want to, keep it for yourself. But if you are a writer, you will only feel whole when you write. So write on.

Q: You have said that you homeschool your four children. Why did you decided to do this? What about homeschooling do you like?

A: I did indeed! And as to the why. . . there were a lot of things that happened all at once that made me feel that my children were not safe and not educated in the public school system. It felt like a really bad fit for us. Though I had a new baby (Kid #3) I pulled #1 and #2 out of kindergarten and first grade and started teaching them at home.

We learned measurements and temperatures by baking cookies. I read out loud to them – thousands of books – while we drank hot cocoa in front of the fire and the kids colored in their coloring books, or knit, or sewed. . . We went into the woods at midnight with the Herp Club because the salamanders were spawning and once you see it, and hear about the amazing event from someone who is passionate about animals, well you don’t forget. Those kinds of sensory experiences dig deep into the brain where reading a paragraph in a science book just won’t.

We travelled. We hands-on-ed. We tasted, and witnessed, and experienced. I got to try out my ideas about education – and so far, my kids have turned out pretty darned fabulous. They’re still works in progress – as are we all. But if nothing else, by homeschooling, I think I instilled the idea that we are life-long learners, and we should always be growing.

Q: If you could only have one type of chocolate for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Seriously? Only one? Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt. But that would be just mean. One needs variety.

Q: What kind of books do you read? Do you have a favorite book?

A: I prefer to read romantic suspense, but I read widely from most genres (but I only read horror if you are my dear friend – there has to be a lot of love in my heart to compensate for the nightmares I will have to endure). I particularly love the books I read to my children — Bridge to Terabithia, Rolling Thunder Hear My Cry — so many wonderful books. Reading them out loud and experiencing them with my family made them very precious jewels in my memory bank.

Q: In your opinion, what makes a book good?

A: To me a book is good when I’m invested in the outcome and fighting right along with the heroine. Also, if my kids can’t understand what I’m saying because I’m sniveling too hard and have to hand it off to someone else to read – that’s a good book because I cared.

Q: Is there anything else you would like the world to know?

A: I wrote my latest book, IN TOO DEEP, spring 2016, about an event where my husband almost accidently died last year. It was really frightening and unfixable. He would either live or die and all we could do is wait and see. He survived – thank goodness! He told me he thought this event would make a great plot. I told him that I have the gift of Blarney (having kissed the Blarney Stone 3 times) and really, he didn’t need to go to such extremes to help me with my plots. But I do really like the book.

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TBR Book Tag

 

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Hi everyone! I saw the TBR (to be read) book tag over on Book  Boodle and decided to do it. It looks like so much fun!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

A couple different ways. I have a few lists over on Goodreads to try and keep track of the ever growing list. Right now I have a pile of hard copy books in my room and a bunch of books in my Kindle and iBooks libraries. I guess I just pick whatever stands out to me when I’m searching for a new book to read on the list.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It’s probably and equal mix of both. I like reading hard copy more, but they are so much harder to get. So, whenever I find myself at Barnes & Noble I pick up 4 or 5 books and when I finish those I switch over to eBooks, until I end up back at the book store again.

How do you decide which book from your TBR to read next?

I think it really depends on my mood. When it’s time for me to pick a new book I usually spend an hour staring at the different covers and reading the backs of the books, until one jumps out at me.

Unless I am reading a really good series. Then the next book to read is a no brainer!

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

9460487Hmm. That’s a hard one to answer. It’s probably Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which I have been trying to get to since I saw it in the book store a few years ago. I have a paper back on my books shelf waiting to be read right now).

18805623The Tenderness of Thieves has also been on my TBR for quite some time. It’s hidden somewhere under a pile of other books in my room, so when I go for a new book I usually miss it.

What books have you recently added to your TBR?

The most recent book I’ve added is Martini Henry. Naomi Mantin (the senior press officer for Trans World Books) was kind enough to send me a copy to read! I can’t wait to start it.

What book is strictly on your TBR because of the cover?

To be honest, most of them are. Unless they are huge best sellers that everyone I know has 22510983read and loved, I pick my books by their covers. When I go to Barnes & Noble (which is totally my favorite store) I walk around the book shelved for hours, picking up any books whose cover catches my eye. Then I 13597728narrow it down by reading the back cover and a random page in the middle of the book.

That being said, there are few books that just have AMAZING cover art (even more amazing than the others), such as Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Asylum by Madeline Roux.

What is a book in your TBR that you never planned on reading?

All of them really. Like I said before, when I go book shopping, I just let the books speak to me. I tend to stay away from the main stream “best seller” books in the front of the store and wander into the back shelves of the novel section. I always end up finding something amazing to read.

What books on your TBR has everyone read but you?

Not that many. I do get my fair share of popular books in. Those are usually the eBooks I read. However, I do keep meaning to read To Kill a Mockingbird, which I never end up doing. I’ll get to it one day.

What is a book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

That’s kind of a tricky question for me. I tend not to read books just because people recommend them. The last time I did, I read The Fault in Our Stars. To be honest I didn’t really like the book, and decided just to stick to my gut after that.

What book on your TBR are you dying to read?

23207027All of them really. Being as picky as I am, if there was a book I wasn’t 100% psyched to read, it probably wouldn’t be on my list.

But Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is probably highest on my list. It’s coming out in September of 2016, and I can’t wait! Kendare Blake is one of my absolute favorite authors, and the synopsis of the book sounds amazing. If it is anywhere near as good as her other books, I will probably end up reading it a lot more than once!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR?

22 right now, but that’s only a part of my whole list. If I added in the hard copies and eBooks I would probably be closer to 50-70 books. It might sound like a lot, but I know people with TBR’s of 500-700 books (I have no idea how the find the time!).

 

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