July 3 2017

Summer Reads 2017

This year is flying by, so I wanted to share some great summer reads for 2017 before we are raking leaves in the fall. These are some books that haven’t necessarily come out in the past year – I just happened to have have read them in the past year. Each one is light and/or fun making them perfect for summer reading.

Enjoy!

Where the Hell is Tesla?Where the Hell is Tesla?
by Rob Dircks

A guy, Chip, finds Nikola Tesla’s notebook with information on where to find an “Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus” he created. Chip convinces his best friend to go with him to find this “Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus” and they go through it into, well, and interdimensional transfer area. And the hilarity ensues. I laughed out loud so many times while I read this book.

Where the Hell is Tesla? is written in emails. Very long emails. At first I was concerned it was going to be awful, but it was awesome. The format worked well with the story.

I highly, highly recommend this book as a fun escape from reality. Be aware the curse words flow freely and there is plenty of junior-high-level humor in it. But it was inline with the characters, so it didn’t feel gratuitous. Continue reading

November 17 2016

Literary Mama

I recently had the opportunity to write an author profile for the site Literary Mama. This was an interesting experience for several reasons.

First, I had never written a profile like this before. I have done interviews for radio, but not written. It was interesting going through the process of emailing back and forth, rather than talking face-to-face. I had to think through the questions a bit more. The editors were great in helping with suggestions for follow-up questions and rearranging them to flow better.

Working with editors was another new experience for me. So far, it has just been me writing on my own either on a blog or for NaNoWriMo. It was a little intimidating having someone read over my work, but their feedback was incredibly helpful.

The profile is on author Lisa Doyle, who wrote her first published novel during NaNoWriMo. She also has a full-time job outside the home, and still manages to write. I found her to be an inspiration for my own writing career.

And finally, this whole thing was interesting because I read a book that is not in my usual reading realm of sci-fi/action/fantasy/mystery. Lisa’s book Milked is about a woman who becomes a wet-nurse in modern day Chicago. And I am so glad I read it. It was honest and funny and handled the topic of breastfeeding well. So it was fun to take a chance reading something different. And I liked Lisa’s style so much that I’ll be reading whatever she publishes next.

So please take a moment to check out the conversation with Lisa Doyle and see what else might interest you on Literary Mama.

September 13 2016

What I Like to Read

My desire to write came from a love of reading, which seems to be true for a lot of writers.

I tend to be drawn to books in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, but I have read books from pretty much every genre. If I had to list my favorites (notice I didn’t say my favorite singular, because that would be almost impossible to pick one), I’d have to go with the following:

Stack of Books
Some of my favorite authors are:

As I write this post, I keep thinking of more books that are among my favorites (the Harry Potter series, The Girl on the Train, Enigma…). If I keep adding them to the list, I’ll never get this post published! So I will share those in later along with any new books I run across that I love.

Have you read any of the books listed above? What are your favorites? I love talking to people about books! 🙂