Friday, September 13, 2013

Some Questions About Books

This time I thought I'd ask some questions about books and give you my answers. I do hope you'll answer them too.

1. What is your favorite kind of book, fiction or non-fiction? Truly I'll read anything, but I read far more fiction. My biggest problem these days is finding the time to read because I'm writing and promoting all at the same time--and I have a life to live.

2. If you read genre fiction what is your favorite genre and what don't you like? I love mysteries, obviously, since that's what I mostly write. But I do like a good horror now and then, and yes, I read Stephen King, love some of his books and not so fond of others. What I don't like in any book is too much bad language if it isn't needed. The same with sex, I don't need to know how people did it, I have a good imagination.

3. What is the biggest no-no in a book you've read--or will actually make you stop reading that book? For me, if there are just too many glaring errors. I'm pretty forgiving because I find mistakes in my own books. If the story is compelling, I'll keep on reading. But if I can tell the writer really hasn't paid his or her dues--read a lot, learned about writing through books or conferences, and had the book edited--I'm probably not going to continue on.

4. What do you like best in a book? Compelling characters or a really imaginative plot?  For me, I like a good combination of both--and that's what I try to achieve in my own books.

Okay, now let me hear from you!

Marilyn


3 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

1. Fiction, hands down. About the only non-fiction I read is to do research for writing my fiction. :)
2. Mystery/Suspense!
3. The biggest no-no for me is unbelievable characters. In fact, today is the last day for my post on the subject.
4. I like a good combination of compelling characters and an imaginative plot too but, if I have to choose, I'll take a character-driven novel any day.

marja said...

1. Like you, I'll read just about anything, but I prefer fiction.
2. Mystery
3. The story has to be believable to some extent.
4. I like a good combination, too. I'd rather not have to make a choice between the two.
Marja McGraw

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you Patricia and Marja, I'm not the least bit surprised that you have similar tastes when it comes to your reading material.