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.

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 22:24:59 +1000 615 views

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

Thank you for having me, Elita! Well I'm 20 and am pursuing a degree in Journalism and am an aspiring novelist. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania with my parents, siblings and of course my dog, Cheyenne. I'm currently working on my first novel, which will hopefully debut sometime before I turn 50!

What is your favourite genre and why?

I would have to say my favorite genre is paranormal romances. I find myself desperately wishing I could be in a world where things like that happened. Where there is danger always lurking around the corner. Where ghosts, witches, vampires, shapeshifters, faeries and werewolves walk this earth, where anyone can be something otherworldly and you would never know. I love books that thrust me into their worlds and hold me captive for the entirety of the story, and normally paranormal romances give me this. Also, to be blunt, I don't think I can handle anything other than paranormal romance. The regular world is so dreadfully boring that it just frustrates me, and I can't finish a book without vampires, or ghosts or SOMETHING from mythology or folklore.

Do you prefer plot or character driven stories?

See that normally depends on whether or not the characters get annoying or not. I'm a real stickler about characters, they have to be like a real person, and their personalities can't be TOO strong, or I feel like the author is trying to push the character in my face. Like they are saying "HEY! I'm SO cold and SO withdrawn, LOOK AT ME! LOVE me! FEAR me! PITY me!" I know a few characters where I get that vibe, not with the cold and withdrawn, but with being so helpless and selfish. Though I do enjoy plot driven, because those keep me guessing until the very end of the last page, which is also something I love.

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

Oh yes, as I mentioned above about trying to push a character in my face. Those are the kind of authors I would like say are Mary Sues, which for those who don't know is an author who tries to make the character into themselves, trying to insert themselves as the main character. They try to make the character everything they're not. The characters shouldn't be someone who already exists, they should be created and take on a life of their own so they seem so real that you feel as if you know the person, and not just saw them on the inner sleeve of the book cover.

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?

Haha, actually yes. In books I want the brooding, dark, mysterious, sexy guy who can be cold, but always has that inner warmth, but is so afraid to show it for fear of being hurt and being vulnerable. But in real life I want a lighthearted guy, who can make me laugh, and can take a joke. I still want some mystery, but not so much that they become almost withdrawn. And honestly, looks only matter for initial attraction, looks aren't a basis of a relationship, what is inside is what counts. The guy I want doesn't have to be sexy, or drop dead gorgeous, but they DO have to be beautiful on the inside.

You mentioned you would like to write a book. What is your ultimate goal as a writer?

My goal is to see my book on the shelves at a Barnes and Noble, or a Borders, or any place that sells books, honestly. I want to be able to know that somewhere, someone is picking up my book and reading it, and above us LIKING what they are reading. I want to put the readers into the world I am creating.

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 my gosh, yes. Above all other scenes, emotional ones, to me, are what can make or break a book. They just grab a hold of me, and are just....I can't even find the right word to express how important they are to me. The last book I can remember when I was so moved by emotion was Vampire Diaries-The Return: Midnight. There is one scene near the end of the book, I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it, but for those who have you KNOW what I'm talking about. I felt all the emotions everyone was feeling, pain, sorrow, loss, heartbreak, EVERYTHING. I didn't even bother trying to stop the tears as they fell, I was a wreck. I couldn't even finish the rest of the book until the next day. Cheesy, I know.

Who is your all time favourite character and why?

Oh gosh, this one is HARD. There is one that somewhat stands above the rest, but it isn't by much, since I have SO many favorite characters, and that's Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This series of books is absolutely fantastic, if you haven't read them I strongly suggest them! Percy is everything I would want in a character and a friend. He's humble, he's funny, he's loyal, he's strong willed, and he'll do damn near anything to protect his friends and his mother. He, to me, is the ideal character.

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

I sure do! If I would name all my books it would take a while, I have roughly 100 books on my shelf, but so many more in our shed. But a little taste is, Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCollough, the Iliad by Homer, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith and Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler.

What's your all time favourite book and why?

Another hard question, Elita! Gosh. I think that if I HAD to choose one, I think I'm going to have to pick the one that made me fall in love with books all over again and that is Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark. I went through a faze in my younger years when I hated books, and just the thought of reading made me want to fall asleep. Then my mom told me to read this book, and I honestly haven't looked back. Daddy's Little Girl is so finely written that it kept my attention, and it's not even a paranormal romance! Which, believe me, is a HUGE thing, TRUST me! But I strongly suggest picking this book up, it's a work of pure genius.

...and finally, Jana gets to ask Elita...

My question for YOU is how did you come up with the idea for your newest book? It is such a unique idea, and actually some dangerous and unknown territory. But it is so intriguing, and I was wondering what your inspiration for it was?

It's funny, I was thinking about Twilight and how perfect Edward is and I thought - wouldn't it be funny to write a story about a girl whose boyfriend is a Zombie and he's all hideous and falling apart. I wondered if she would still love him after he's all corpsified and somewhat less attractive, haha. It was going to be all very tongue-in-cheek, more of a comedy. But the story has morphed into something else entirely. It still has a similar theme, but I've gone in a different direction. I fell in love with my Zombie and his world and it developed into something unusual, I think. It should still be a light, fun read and hopefully a little enchanting. It is at heart a love story.

Comment #1
Awesome idea, Paul, and this was a really interesting interview from Jana. It's neat that she at one time hated to read but that is an avid reader now.well done
Posted by thea atkinson at Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:48:26 +1000.
Comment #2
Very good interview! Paranormal romance has never been a genre I'm interested in but Jana has convinced me I should give it a try. I think I'll start with Tree of Life, that I uploaded to my Kindle awhile back!
Posted by Belinda at Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:59:57 +1000.
Comment #3
Belinda I've never really been one for Paranormal romance myself, but I'm starting to get into it. I didn't realise there were so many different styles in the genre. I don't care for the soap opera type.
Posted by elita at Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:43:34 +1000.
Comment #4
I personally love paranormal romance O) but this year I have widened by horizons and have read alot of differnt genres !! Great interview !! and I must say My Boyfriend is a Zombie will definelty be one of kind - here will be certainly a challenge,, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder but in this case it will be Heartsight rather love for something beautiful.. I look forward to it Elita !!kat
Posted by katrina whittaker at Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:55:02 +1000.
Comment #5
Heartsight...Kat I really like that! Yes, I think this book is going to be quite a challenge to write, but I'm having fun with it!
Posted by elita at Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:24:14 +1000.