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 genre reader, a binge reader, and a big book fanboy. His shelf is packed with thousand plus page beauties, many of them signed and all of them read. Most of his free time is spent trying new things in the kitchen and playing games with friends. He brings life to a magic hungry wizard and builds stories for a young Alaskan girl to traverse. A few weeks ago he took the time to sit down with me and chat about books.
Q: What genres do you read?
V: Science fiction and fantasy, both low and high. Things like Ender’s Game for sci-fi, Codex Alera, Black Company. Mistborn for the high fantasy and Game of Thrones. Those kind of things.
One thousand page books, everything else stops until I’ve finished it
V: I tend to follow authors such as Stephen R. Donaldson. To an extent I even follow publishing houses, Tor books and a couple others. The ones who have a really good track record of new authors, the authors you don't hear of and then they come out with their first book and it is super amazing. I also use a book recommendation website and find whatever is similar to other books I’ve read and enjoyed. I like reading stories with certain themes and patterns. So that’s why I’ll read Sword of Truth and then Wheel of Time; they have a very similar patterns within them. I’ll read the synopsis and think something sounds interesting and give it a try. Other times I’ll just have someone who I trust recommend something and then read it.
V: I will watch for certain cover artists, because they will create art for the same types of books.
Q: What pulls you out of a book, breaks the suspension of disbelief, etc. What makes you put a book down and how often.
V: If I’ve gotten ten pages into a book, then I won’t put it down. That's the long and the short of it. I have not put down a book halfway unless it was like Wheel of Time, which has fifteen books in the series and I’ll get to around book nine and literally have to go back to life. I stop everything else I’m doing to read and if I’m not in the mood to read then I won’t.
Q: How often do you read? What gets in the way of your reading?
V: I tend to read in large sessions. I binge read. One thousand page books and everything else stops until I’ve finished it, but then when I’m off of that binge, I don’t read anything. I have to be in the mood.
I like reading stories with certain themes and patterns.
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.
V: Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Q: Where do you get your books and if you bulk buy, what’s your desired format?
V: It doesn’t matter. Certain authors I like to buy their hardcovers, but that’s because they are still publishing in print and the first editions are always hard cover. After that it doesn’t matter. I’ve recently begun collecting signed copies, and now I have doubles of books.