Easter Monday Musings: Do you love to talk about books?

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Do you love to talk about books? One thing I’d like to do is drink a cup of coffee and talk about books with readers and writers.

I love chatting with readers, but I want more than the usual “Where do you get your ideas from?” I’d like to hear about more specific aspects of the reading experience.

What do you like to talk about when it comes to your favorite books or favorite writers?

What about characters? Do you want the stock heroes and heroines, the Jack Reachers and Jets, the ones who can defeat any foe without question? Or do you prefer the kind of protagonist with weaknesses, flaws, who isn’t certain to win every contest?

What about stories? Many romances today follow the arc of 50 you-know-what: smart, educated but poor young woman meets gorgeous but damaged billionaire. After overcoming several barriers, their love blooms. Does that still have you flipping pages (or swiping left on your e-reader)? Or are you yearning for something different.

Personally, I find the boundaries between genres annoying. In recent years, there has been a profusion of books that combine, or cross, the paranormal or fantasy and romance genres. Do you like that? Are there genres that you’d like to see combined? How about horror and steampunk?

Or what about creating a new genre? What are the books that you’d like to read, but haven’t been written yet?

I also want to know what you want to hear from authors. Are there specific questions, like “Why does the heroine go into that room when she knows the axe murderer is hiding in there?” Or “Why doesn’t he just ask her out, already?”

So tell me what appeals to you in your favourite books, and ask me—or any BestSelling Reads member author—what you’d like to know.

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  1. It’s funny … If you’re bitten by a love for books it may change shape some, but it doesn’t leave you, I don’t think. (Lot of negatives there; I hope I’m clear.)

    I wrote my first short story–tho’ I tried to make a book out of it, by wrapping a hard cardboard “back cover/spine/front cover” around my handwritten pages–when I was four-years old, around 1957 or 8. By the time I was 21, I’d written two-and-a-half bad, unpublishable novels. But this was before self-publishing became a thong and dissolved, once and for all, the stigma of “vanity publishing”. Too bad, as I might’ve seen a path for why and what to do with rewriting and working books into publishable shape.

    As it happens, after 26 years as a freelance book designer, I’ve had about a hundred books that I participated in–of course, not as author–published. A number of them even have my name in them, noting my involvement. Even now, semi-retired, I still love to work on print books.

    Yes, print books.

    I’d’ve considered giving up a kidney, I bet, way back in my college days, for the opportunity to quit lugging around printed textbooks in favor of a Kindle or other e-reader with my textbooks on such a device. But as for making a book, print is still king–both for those of us who “make” books and for those who write them. Print still holds the prestige–which is not to say that ebooks aren’t valuble and a great way in the door for new authors.

    And now, semi-retired, I’ve reached a point where I’ll allow myself the occasional book design/layout project that pays noticeably below professional rates, if it’s a book I believe in or otherwise want to make sure it reaches print. Such is one I’m waiting to start very shortly. Written by a junior high school girl from one of my old neighborhoods in Brooklyn (but who I don’t know), I want to make a book–as with every self-published on which I work–that rivals those that are traditionally published.

    Such is the power books can wield and, hence, my love of talking about making them.

  2. As an author, I enjoy connecting with my readers. Many readers ask me when is next book coming out…some ask me details about the characters – some ask questions of the story as how did it come in my mind. It is a different experience to connect with people of different cultures, yet they all have one thing in common – the love of reading.
    From a reader’s perspective, I am not bound to any genre. As far as its a good book, I’m up for reading. Yes, there were times when I preferred my kindle over the paperback reading but at the end, when I hold a paperback in my hand, it gives a different reading experience. Yet, e-reader has its own benefits, especially when it comes to travelling. It is very handy that you load up many books and take with you in one device. So both paperback and ereading has their benefits but yet NO disadvantage 🙂

  3. Erin Finigan says:

    Scott, I usually like to ask questions about the characters- what is the back story on X, why did they choose to do that?
    I like my protagonists to be flawed just as we are- sometimes making wrong choices but still winding up in the right place and sometimes not. Not all problems need to be concluded in one story or book.
    Life has no specific genre so why should a story; I like cross overs. Why not through a little supernatural into a story- let the reader decide coincidence, intervention or just hmmmm what was that. There is no set definition for intuition.
    I like to hear from the author about the things they discovered about themselves or about the characters when the story was being written. Why did this story intrigue them over the hundreds of other ideas that they get. What parts of the story did they struggle with.
    How does an author feel when contacted by a reader who says, I just didn’t get that scene- not the attacking kind of contact but the kind where the reader really wants to know.
    Most of all, I would like to thank you for asking us and for wanting to connect with us.

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