Readers Interview

Welcome to the Readers Interview where we interview you, the novel reader and get to know what you're like for a change.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:08:05 +1000 458 views

Thanks for being with us today Laura. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Your most welcome Elita, thanks for having me. It's good to be here today. Well, about me....lets see. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a petite, blue eyed brunette, whose hair is kind of on the reddish side. Sounds like I'm describing myself for a dating service hahaha! But no, I'm not single. I'm happily married to my wonderful husband of 15 years. We have 3 very beautiful, awesome children, whom I love with all my heart. I have a great love and compassion for all people, especially children.... hence my job. I work as an ES (Education Support/ Intergration Aide) in a specialist school, for children with various disabilities. I love my job, it is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. I have a passion for anything of antiquity, from houses, furniture, clothes, to books & artwork. I love the Victorian & Edwardian eras. I'm also an avid reader.

What is your favourite genre and why?

I actually haven't got a favourite genre in books. My reading swings depending on my moods. If life is getting a bit mundane, I like to indulge in fantasy. It takes me away to another world filled with fire breathing dragons, dazzling assortments of various creatures, from trolls, faeries and the like. Life getting serious, then something light hearted and fun. Sometimes I may feel like a bit of drama and intrigue. Real life stories always hit my heart, especially ones of people with such strength and endurance, despite all odds.

There is one thing I'm always drawn to, which is romance. Be it Historical romance, Paranormal romance, to a good old fashioned true life romance. What can I say I'm a romantic at heart. Ahhhh! Boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after, what could be better than that hahaha!

What do you think makes a good story?

The character's, most definitely! It's the character's you fall in love with. They have to be compelling, likeable, loveable, strong, sensitive, vulnerable. Most importantly they have to be REAL! Which in reality we are a wealth of emotions and several shades of grey. Even the despicable bad guy, you can love to hate, so long as he's real. The character's also have to blend and work well together, their personalities complementing each other. Such as in the Harry Potter series with Harry, Ron and Hermoine. Great individual characters, but absolutely brilliant together. A great story combines elements of reality into fiction. Weaving the tale and building the suspense. Adding twists and turns, so the story is neither boring nor predictable. There a stories I have been unable to put down, and stay up late into the night reading, till finally falling exhausted to sleep, simply because they are mesmerising at every turn. A great story takes you along for the ride and makes you feel every emotion as if you are the character itself.

Do you have any pet hates that you wished authors wouldn't do?

Yes, creating wishy- washy main characters, which are neither likeable or loveable, but remain annoyingly bland. Then I seem to favour the obscure characters, who are more endearing than their counterparts. Another pet hate is when it takes too long to get into the story, leaving you to persist for chapters on end, before the story fully grips your interest. A reader needs to be lured in straight away, before the long explanations on the how and the why. You can tell us that on the way!

Male characters that we fall in love with in fiction are often dark and dangerous. Do you find that your taste in men in real life varies greatly from your taste in fictional men?

Actually yes! In fictional men I may like a bit of dark, broody and dangerous. But in real life dark and broody, can be a bit of an emotional drainer. As I've grown and matured over the years my tendency for dark and dangerous has ebbed. I prefer someone solid, reliable, dependable, but not boring. They have to be sensitive, generous, kind and caring. Make me laugh, share the good times and the bad. Have a heart that matches my own. Most importantly love me for who I am, warts and all. Hmmm! I think my husband's a combination of both, seeing as how I married kind of I'm discovering that my taste in fictional men, is maturing as well. I don't like them too dark and dangerous these days. Though they still have to be strong and compelling.

Do you find that emotional scenes have a strong impact on you? What is the most emotional scene you've come across and why did it have such an impact?

Oh YES! Emotional scenes stay with me long after I've put the book down. I usually have a hard time visualising the events or scenes in a book. With the exception of TREE OF LIFE written by yourself, which was so eloquently and descriptively written that for the first time I was able to SEE all the events unfolding before my eyes. So I thank you very much for that wonderful experience, you truly are an amazing author. I find that I mostly feel my way through a story, if that makes sense. So a book with emotion is a must for me. I feel all their pain, hunger, love, sadness, happiness, ecstasy. The characters emotions are a rolling tide that I'm caught up against, powerless to resist the ebb and flow of all their highs and lows. The most emotional scene I've come across, is in a book called ELLI. I can't remember the author's full name, because I read the book so long ago when I was still in high school. The book was about the author's story of her life and survival at the time of the holocaust. How she survived being held in a concentration camp and all that happened to her family and the lives of those around her. The book was both heartwarming and heartbreakingly, devastating. Some of the scenes were the most poignant I've come across. I wept many a tear while reading that book, and it has stayed in my heart all of these long years. The scene of such horrendous, atrocities, has permanently marked my heart and will continue to effect me, for the remainder of my lifetime.

Who is your all time favourite character and why?

I don't have a favourite character, just like I don't have favourite's with my own children. There are just so many exceptional, wonderful, character's out there to love and admire.

You evidently have a love of books. What’s on your Kindle/Bookshelf right now?

On my bookshelf right now is a variety and range of books from Victoria Holt, my favourite gothic romance author. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen, got to love the classics. To The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. All the Harry Potter collection by J.K.Rowling. Tree of Life part one by Elita Daniels, which has become one of my favourites. But right now, at this very moment it's The Tide Lords series by Jennifer Fallon. I've just finished the 3rd book in the series called The Palace of Impossible Dreams, and am waiting to begin the final book of the series called The Chaos Crystal. I'm loving the series, it's a riveting read.I highly recommend it. Along with all the other books lining my shelf at the moment. Reading is awesome.

What's your all time favourite book and why?

My favourite book is just like my favourite character, there are far too many for me to know and love. Why would I stop at one? Books are just like chocolate, you can't get enough and you certainly can't stop at one lol. I'm looking forward to reading more of your wonderful books, Elita, and counting them among my favourites as well.

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My question to you my dear Elita is, What made you want to write and what inspires you?

Thank you my beautiful Laurs : ) Characters and the story behind them is what makes me want to write. I love seeing what mischief the characters are going to get themselves into, who they're going to fall in love with, who they're going to hate. It's like playing Sims except I'm the creator not just the player. I draw inspiration from everywhere and anywhere. Sometimes, if I'm reading a book and they don't take a particular scene where I was hoping it would go, I'll develop a whole story just from that one scene, and take it where I wanted it to go. movies and music inspire me.