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Are You My Reader?

If you are, you’re someone who wants to get to know yourself — and the rest of the world — better. You love getting inside the head of other people and figuring them out. You understand the importance of choice and look for ways to increase your understanding of the consequences of your own choices.

And while you want the characters you read about to go through tough times as part of their self-discovery journey, you prefer to read stories with a general feeling of lightness and fun. You don’t want utopias or dystopias; you want real people, even though the situations are fantastic.

You like reading fantasy because you want to escape for a bit from your daily life. You love that you have managed to hold onto your sense of wonder and you read to increase its presence in your life. You love discovering new worlds and new ways of living. That said, you’re a stickler for consistency, however, and get annoyed by new worlds that don’t follow their own rules. Because of that, you really enjoy being surprised by the unintended consequences created by these alternative worlds.

Your favorite characters choose action over passiveness because characters who wallow or who merely react to situations don’t interest you. In fact, privileged protagonists who whine about how much their lives suck make you readers want to throw the book across the room. No?

To you, the story is the most important thing. While you appreciate good writing, you don’t want to be bogged down by heavy language, dense descriptions, or overly-complicated plots. However, you do want to be surprised while you’re reading and feel that although you might be able to predict the end of the book, the journey will take you on an unexpected path (but not a full detour because you don’t usually read stories that twist around like a handful of snakes).

While my supposed genre is young-adult fantasy, I suspect that probably over half of you are adults (and most likely women). Like me, you read coming-of-age stories because you want to relive that moment of self-realization and use the youthful energy found in this style of book to feed your need for wonder.

If my books were movies, they’d be fantasy-based romcoms that leave viewers with a lingering smile and a desire to spend more time with the characters, even if you wouldn’t necessarily want the characters as friends.

If you read authors such as Patricia C. Wrede, Sherwood Smith, and Charles de Lint you’ll also likely enjoy my work. In other words, you don’t read to increase your cultural cachet, to get your pulse racing from heart-stopping action scenes, or to wallow in the pointlessness of life. You want to be entertained. You know that although life can suck at times, by making conscious, caring choices, a (usually) happy – and realistic – ending is always possible.

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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Featured, General Babblery

 

Debut Novel Launch: An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

I’ve spent the last week SQUEEEEEEing to myself. Why? Because my first novel An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life has been published on Amazon and Smashwords (which means it’ll soon be available in all popular ebook stores). What’s it about? Here’s the back of the book blurb:

Usually Fairy Godmothers help out lost princesses, girls forced into family slavery, and wooden puppets wanting to be real boys. Gail McCain, however, is none of these things. She’s just a normal 18-year-old girl who likes to get up, go to work, eat sensibly and go to bed early. Okay, so maybe she’s not that normal. Enter Amanda, a fairy life-coach (godmothers are so last millennium) who informs her new client that she’s cursed to be boring–and it’s the fairy’s job to get Gail a life. Skeptical at first, Gail quickly adapts when she gets some new friends and even a boyfriend. But Amanda’s not done with her yet, insisting that the curse needs something powerful to break it. She makes Gail a famous celebrity blogger, tossing scandals, love triangles and bitchy starlets in her path. But can a teenager whose idea of excitement is her egg-one-a-week Sunday breakfast survive all this excitement?

You saw the cover last week, but it’s so awesome, I just have to post it again:

An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life

If you decide to check it out, I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear what you think! Connect with me over on GoodReads and we can talk about all sorts of books!