I was so excited when I got the opportunity to be a guest-blogger here on Twisted Kingdom! This is such a cool site, and I know a lot of the regular visitors here from other blogs (hi Zeek!) that I frequent.
Or, rather, try to frequent, but have done a horrendous job of it in the last few months. (Sorry, Zeek. DC. Mailyn.)
Anyway, Kelly said that I could write about anything I wanted to (little did she know I’m going to make you all think….mwahahahahaaaa!), and since I’m going to be interviewed here on TK next Wednesday, I figured I’d turn the table and ask ya’ll some questions this week.
Next week, you can badger me with anything you want. (Well, actually, you can badger me this week too and I’ll answer questions as well. So knock yourself out.)
…And you’re going to want to, because this week the gals at TK are giving away a freshly autographed copy of The Rest Falls Away (the first in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, if you didn’t already know) and next week….well, they’re giving away an Advance Review Copy of Rises the Night (which won’t be released until June). Publishers Weekly says, “A fast-paced carnival ride of a book!” about Rises.
(I’m very excited. I’m hoping to get to meet the cover model some day. *sigh*)
All you have to do is make a comment, or two, or three, to this post and you’re entered in the drawing. (Right, Kelly?)
So, since I have your full attention now…I’d like to pick your brain from an author’s perspective.
First, how do you feel about cross-genre books? What I mean are, books like mine, that really creep over the genre boundaries of horror, romance, paranormal, etc. Do you like the mix up, or would you rather read a romance when you want a romance, and a fantasy when you want a fantasy?
In general, what makes you buy a book by an author who’s new to you? Friend recommendation? Blog review? Amazon browsing? Bookstore browsing? Ads in a magazine? What?
And when you’re in a bookstore, and browsing, what makes you pick up a book? Where do you browse? Where do you never look? Do you only buy books you have on your list, or do you do impulse buying too?
Is there anything you’re tired of seeing, as far as premise of books? Do you ever go into a bookstore and feel like you can’t find something that you want to read? Why? What do you want? What’s missing?
How about interaction with authors? Do you feel that authors should be accessible to their readers—by blog, website, message board, private loop, etc.? Or do you just want to know when the next book is coming out, maybe an excerpt or two?
Have you ever seen a book trailer? (If you haven’t pop over to my website and you can see mine on the homepage.) What do you think of them as a promo tool?
What do you think about MySpace for an author as a promo tool? Personally, I haven’t found it that helpful, but I’m all ears. Any suggestions? How about Facebook? (Yeah, I’m there too….)
What kind of freebies do you like from authors? (Be honest now!) Bookmarks, cover flats, excerpts, podcasts, t-shirts, vampire-hunting stakes? ;-)
Is there anyone who wants to join my SWAT team for the Gardella books and have extra chances to win ARCs, t-shirts, autographed copies, etc.?
Okay, that’s it. I’ll check back for questions, answers, and comments!
Thanks again to the TK ladies for having me here! I look forward to a fun discussion.
(This is Kelly, just wanted to say that if you want a copy of The Rest Falls Away, comment in this post. If you want a copy of Rises the Night, save mentioning it until next Wednesday when she comes back for her interview. We will draw for The Rest Falls Away next Wednesday, so that gives you a week, and Rises the Night, the Wednesday after that. But, while all you have to do is comment to be entered, you cannot just say "pick me", you have to at least attempt to join in the conversation. That sounds fair, right?)