Author interviews are everywhere but what you rarely see are reader interviews and for an author those can be really important. What do readers like, what drives them away, how do you pull them in… and then keep them?
This month’s reader is a classics man and an atrist. With a thirst for new things and a love of old, Brandon is a well rounded reader who clutches to his favorites. Self admittedly he needs to read more, but sometimes it’s not how much you read that matters, but what you spend your time reading that is more important. Awhile back he took the time to sit down with me and chat about books.
Brandon: Classics normally. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Three Musketeers, which is my favorite. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist. Books that you read in english class. Charles Dickens and Alex Dumas are really really good. They are classics for a reason. Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Books like that.
I stick to nonfiction and classics.
Q: What makes you pick up a book? What would make you pick it up if it were outside your standard genre?
B: Usually by word of mouth or it it’s something interesting that I want to learn about. Case in point, I was heavily into physics at one point, I would read works from Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, stuff like that. I’m also into politics, Communist Manifesto.
If it’s something I want to learn, I stick to nonfiction and classics.
Q: How often do you read? What gets in the way of your reading?
B: I don’t read nearly enough sadly.
Q: What pulls you out of a book, breaks the suspension of disbelief, etc. What makes you put a book down and how often.
B: When it comes to stories and whether to keep going or to put it down, for me I have to be invested in the character. There has to be something that the character is there for or a climactic event or a dramatic situation, those are the ones I lean to. When a character goes through something.
Q: What is your go to book on a rainy day? The perfect book you always have with your or you’ve read multiple times.
B: The Belgariad series by David Eddings. Arguably where my love of fantasy came from. That series is beautifully done.
...where my love of fantasy came from.
B: I have to have the book, simply because I don't have an ereader or go to the library. I actually buy the book so I can loan it out to friends or people who are going to read it. Plus it’s nice to have it.