Welcome to another edition of the Reverse Author Interviews! The Reverse Author Interviews are a time when authors can pose questions to readers/reviewers/bloggers to get some answers to questions they've been curious about. This awesome event is hosted by the ladies of BookMunchies and they have links to the others who have answered questions today too! Today I will be answering questions from Kim Harrington, author of both the Clarity series and the Sleuth or Dare series.
KH: How do you find out about new books? Blogs, browsing a physical bookstore, chatting with friends, etc?
C@FCB: A lot of the books on my To-Read list right now I came across thanks to the popular meme Waiting on Wednesday. I bounce around all day on Wednesday, visiting different blogs and seeing what my fellow readers are looking forward to. I really like it because I am always coming across something that I hadn't heard of before. I almost never pick up something that I've never heard of in a bookstore anymore. I actually kind of miss those days, when almost everything on the shelf was new to me. I'm not saying that I've read everything I'm seeing on the shelf, or that I even want to. But since I live on Goodreads, and all of my buddies on their have wide and varying tastes, I am exposed to a lot of them. And as for getting recommendations from friends, I don't think my friends really even make recommendations to me anymore, because they usually assume I've already read of it, or at least heard of it. Which is not true, but since I make so many recommendations to them, I think they probably don't have time to find other books to recommend to me! So at this point, most of my recommendations come from other bloggers, or authors on twitter. I *heart* following authors on Twitter!
KH: Do you prefer series, standalone, or a mix of both?
C@FCB: This is clearly a popular question on authors' minds right now. Series vs. Standalone, the epic debate! I'm still of the position that it doesn't matter to me whether the book is standalone or series. I have noticed that when I recommend a book to someone, if it's a standalone, I always mention that. If it's a series, I rarely mention that. I think my words are usually: "It's a standalone, so you'll get the whole story and won't be dying waiting for the sequel." So while I don't think I prefer one over the other, maybe I subconsciously assume other people do? I think this is an answer that a lot of avid readers will give, that they don't mind one way or the other. Because if we cared enough to keep us from reading either series or standalones, we would be limiting ourselves to a much smaller pool of books to read, and I just don't think any of us could really do that.
Thanks Kim for participating! And congratulations on the new book deal! For those of you who don't know, Kim has a new book coming out in 2014, called Forget Me. Check out the information on her website about this one, because it sounds like it's going to be awesome. Oh, and it's a standalone, according to the info on her site.
Make sure you visit BookMunchies to see other answers to Kim's questions!