Don't let Tuesday get you down! Go ahead and meet Dee from Book Readers.
What made you decide to start reviewing books?
As an avid reader I became fascinated with Mum’s stories and books. All her writings were hand written on legal size paper or note books, on both sides of the paper. After reading a few I was hooked. Two of Mum’s books are published and I dedicated my blog to Mum and all authors.
There are so many talented authors that I decided to make my blog a place for readers, authors, writers, and anyone interested to meet, share, and discuss.
What is the best thing about being a top reviewer?
I am honored to be in the top ten reviewer position. The best thing is that there will be much more exposure for my authors and their works.
What is your worst experience in dealing with an author or publisher?
I really have not had any bad experiences with either authors or publishers. Everyone has been courteous and polite in their correspondence. The main little peeve is when an author submits a very long request.
What is the most memorable book review or author interview you have ever done?
That is a hard question to answer as all the books and author interviews are memorable in their own way. I have reviewed many of Patricia Fry’s books in the Klepto Cat Mysteries Series, so they do hold a special place in my memory.
What books are you currently reading now, and what is your favorite genre?
At the moment Michael Lister’s book The Big Goodbye is in process. My favorite genre of all time is mysteries.
How much time do you spend on reviewing a book, on average?
That depends on the book, level of interest, competence of the author in relating a story, and what is happening in my life at the time. Reading the book is easy part, the reviewing can take anything from a few hours to a few days.
How do you deal with book requests?
As stated in question 3, I tend to pass over long requests. If the request is not of the genre listed on my blog I send an email stating I do not review in that genre. I have a review waiting list and give the author the option to be added to it.
Do you see yourself writing your own book? If yes, what would it be about?
That would only happen if I stopped reading, reviewing, and interviewing other authors. I think my travels would be a topic I could write about.
If you had to choose one book that reviewed to be turned into a movie, which one would it be? Why?
Unfortunately the one I would choose has already been made into a movie, A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. The story is true and touched my heart in many ways.
What is your ultimate favorite book of all time?
Again, that is a very difficult question to answer as there are so many in different genres that I would call my favorite. But I can say that A Street Cat Named Bob stands out for many reasons.
Have you ever received gifts to thank you for your review?
Yes, the books! No, gifts the book is enough.
How do authors react when you give their books a negative review?
I research the book and author before agreeing to review. If I find it is not well written or a genre not to my liking, I let the author know. I try to give constructive comments that are generally appreciated by the author.
Finally, tell us a little bit about yourself. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I am retired and love to read, walk on the beach and of course sit and read on the beach! Travel is an important part of my life and my books are always with me.
5 years from now I will most likely be doing much of the same…God willing!
As I am superstitious, here is question 14. Why am I superstitious? Because I was brought up in the world of the stage and performers.
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