Sorry I haven’t been around. I’ve been ill since Friday night. Figures, two weeks into summer break and I get sick. Yuck! Anyway, I did try to stop by twitter and youtube when I could, trying to keep in the loop. Well, yesterday I found an awesome vlog posted by Farrah and Britney over at I Eat Words. And anyone who watched the video was tagged next to answer the questions. So, I thought it would be fun to answer the questions as my first post on the road to recovery.
1. What genre do you prefer?
I’m currently interested in young-adult fiction including young-adult paranormal, young-adult historical fiction, and young-adult fantasy. I’m also into adult fantasy and science fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, and some middle-grade fiction.
2. Must have books in your library?
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, of course. I would also say the Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke as well as Angel and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
3. Most expensive book you own?
Other than college textbooks, it would be North Carolina through Four Centuries by William Powell. It was originally research for a class project, but it became a great reference toward my current WIP’s background and setting.
4. What books do you covet most?
The books I covet most are currently unpublished. The first book would be the final published version of Death’s Island, my novel. The other books I really want are the published versions of my friend’s manuscripts: Planting Words: My Friend Oscar Micheaux by Lisa Rivero, How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon, Fatal Beauties by Renae Mercado, Pair of Normals by D.M. Cunningham, and so much more…
5. Favorite authors? You can name three.
Gordon R. Dickson, Dan Brown, and J.K. Rowling.
6. How much do you spend on books in general?
In a year? Probably about as much as I spend on groceries. LOL. However, I recently signed up for a program with my health insurance. I earn points by either exercising or eating five servings of vegetables or fruit five times a week. Each thousand points I receive I’m rewarded with a 10 dollar Barnes and Noble gift card.
7. Favorite book store?
You guessed it! Barnes and Noble.
8. What do you think the current trend in young-adult is?
My personal feeling is that the current trend is paranormal and supernatural novels, but I have noticed a shift towards more historical fiction and fantasy coming out as well.
9. What series do you wish had more books?
I haven’t really found myself feeling this way about any series I’ve read. They all seem to me to end just right. Some, I feel, might have even been stretched a little thin in certain cases.
10. Books you’ve always had in your library?
Ok, so understand that I was raised with a father who loved his collection of books. You could have filled a room with all the books he owned. So, I was always surrounded by books such as Michael Crichton, Larry Niven, and Clive Cussler. Though, I never read all of them.
A few of the books I kept from his library and some of the greatest books I’ve read are The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Collection.
11. Books currently in your bag or purse?
I haven’t been carrying any books in my backpack except a journal containing concepts and scenes for my third novel. On my bed stand, on the otherhand, is the book I’m currently reading, Graceling by Kristin Cashore. However, I’ve hardly had the chance to read it for the past few days.
12. Most prized book in your collection?
The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Before starting graduate school, I was digging through the attic when I found a hidden treasure trove of books. I’m talking like three plastic containers full of science fiction, fantasy, paperbacks, hardcovers, etc… All of which had belonged to my father. And these were not the usual titles he had kept in his library. These were books I’ve never seen before. I opened the first box to find a book out of place. It just lay there on the top, staring at me. It was The Dragon and the George and it was the one book I kept. I never expected it to become one of my favorite books, but the world Gordon R. Dickson wrote of had captured my heart as it had once captured my father’s. It’s that connection that makes this my most prized book.
13. What non-fiction books are on your shelf?
I have mostly historic non-fiction. Books on pirates, the Revolution, Greek mythology, historic North Carolina, historic England, etc… All of which I mostly use toward my school work or as research for my manuscripts.
So, to finish… Tag! You’re it!