It's time for 'Monday Meet the Blogger' again, and my guest this week is Jenny O'Brien who blogs at https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Jenny First, can you tell us a bit about yourself, why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading
Hi Karen and thanks for the invite. I'm a hybrid in that I'm a writer and a blogger. I've always loved reading and it's my main form of relaxation. When shifting into writing I quickly realised the importance of book reviews and I suppose you could say the power of the book blogger. I read assorts but primarily romance. It's funny really but before I had children I would never have read romance but I hit a wall following the birth of my first child in that I couldn't stomach reading books that included any kind of crime against children. It was a deliberate decision to put aside my thrillers, and romance was the obvious choice for me.
What is your favourite book of all time?
An easy one. It's called 'I am David', by Anne Holm. I suppose it's a little like 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' but for children. I don't know because 'The boy in the Striped Pyjamas' is not a book I'd ever read going back to my previous answer. 'I am David' is a book about a child that is set free from a concentration camp having no experience of the outside world - it's his voyage of discovery. The voyage of discovery for someone that has never seen a flower let alone a blade of grass or blue sky. A wonderful book.
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
That varies. I do read more than one book at a time and as a true bibliophile I'm anxious if I don't have a book at hand so I even have a little stash in the car! I also own two Kindles in case one runs out of charge - I know, it's a bit of an obsession. Probably five a week but I have been known to read three in one day. As an aside I don't watch TV, or very rarely so the pages do mount up.
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
No, that would be silly. I do need a couple of hours sleep, but 5 am allows for that easily. :)
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
Only if I'm not enjoying the story or the writing. I don't finish every book I start but I always give the writer a chance. If they haven't grabbed me by page five I don't continue and I don't review, but I may peek a look at the end.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
I don't read any psychological thrillers or murders involving children as I've said before. Also anything to do with animal cruelty is a no no. I'm not particularly squeamish but I just don't see the point.
Lots of mothers are like that. I can't read anything squeamish or horrible either.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
I think a really good start is a must. You know, that feeling of your heart thumping in your chest when the writer draws you into their world with a bang? I love that feeling. The plot, I don't mind if it's not believable but it needs to be well thought out with no unfinished cliff hangers at the end. I hate being left at the end of a novel with unanswered questions about either the plot, characters or both. As a writer I try to write the kind of book I want to read.
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
Now that's a difficult one. Probably doing my exercises. I have back problems and have a rack of exercises I have to do each night - they're much easier to do with a book in my hand but I probably look pretty odd doing an impression of a dead beetle with a book held aloft.
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
Maya Angelou. Some people stroll through life, she exploded leaving a trail of impressive words in her wake. A truly unique writer.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I don't really have the time. Reading and writing takes up most of my spare time.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
I am a writer but I always say that I'm a reader first. Sometimes I think I should just stick to reading as I enjoy it so much but then I get the idea for a plot and off I go. Lee Child's once said that he writes one book a year and reads 300, that's about right. I write romance and I also write for children.
Do check out Jenny's blog, there's some interesting articles as well as book reviews on there. And also check out her fab books at:
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Thank you, Jenny. It's been great talking to you. :)
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