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The Big Reveal

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Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

But first…

A big congratulations goes out to Jolene Perry. She has released another book, My Forever. And her story, Used to Be was picked up by Albert Whitman Teen and is scheduled to be released in March 2014. Congratulations Jo!

I’d also like to say that this is the last question with this terrific group of writers. Starting next week, I’ll have a new set. Thank you so much to all the ladies and one gentleman below, along with Krista Van Dolzer and Janet Taylor for participating in The Big Reveal. It’s been a lot of fun to see all the differences between the writers.

How often do you read?

Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
I read every day, even if it’s just ten minutes. I average about a book a week, roughly 50 books a year.

Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
I read everyday, if I’m not writing. When I’m writing I don’t read because I don’t want to have what I’m reading voice-bleed into the WIP. When I’m not writing I do about two books a week.

Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
On average I read 2 books a month. I love reading, but I’m not a quick reader. I read at night before I go to sleep.

Melodie Wright, Agented author
I read a lot – 4-5 books a week in the summer, and at least two books per week during the school year. If I don’t have a book handy I go through withdrawals and will re-read books from my own library. There’s a book in my purse, in my car, I carry my Kindle in my jacket so whenever I’m waiting for someone – in line or for one of my children – I’m reading. (I’ve even read during long red lights.) I firmly believe the adage that if you want to write, read. It is the best apprenticeship out there.

Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I read about 2-3 books a week. It’s a HUGE passion of mine!

Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
I try to do one book a month. I’m reluctant to start new novels because I tend to stay up late or neglect other duties until I’ve finished.

Cassie Mae, Agented author
Every day! Um… usually takes me 2 or 3 days to finish a book, but if I’m really into it, less than that :)

Jade Hart, Pre-published author
Oh, well to give an example of how fast I can read, I was away recently for 12 nights and read 11 books. So if I enjoy something and there is nothing distracting me, I’m a book a day kinda gal. I’m not saying I could read Game of Thrones in a day. Jeez, they’re long.

Stacy Stokes, Un-agented author
I read all the time! I’d say on average 4-5 books a month, depending on my schedule and how good the books are. I’d take reading a good book to watching TV anyday!

Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
I read about 6-7 books a month. I had a big dry spell when my kids were younger, only reading 3-4 books a year, which is weird to think about now. Most of the time I read on the treadmill. No, you can’t run very fast, but I get a lot of reading done.

Joelene B. Perry, Published author
Everyone who is a writer should be a reader. EVERYONE. IDK how many books I read. One week I won’t finish a single one, and the next week I’ll finish four. So, yanno… I don’t know. BUT I also try to read outside my genre once in a while, because I think it’s SO important to read a little bit of everything, even though I’d love to just read YA contemp all day every day… Goodreads says I read about 90 a year. But that doesn’t count the 10-20 manuscripts I read for friends, OR the millions of times I read everything I write. I wish i didn’t have to sleep so I could read a book or two every night, and still get as much writing done as I’d like.

How often do you read?

My Forever by Jolene B. Perry

Dani has just discovered she’s pregnant. She’s mortified that she’ll finish her senior year of high school as the pregnant girl and has no idea how to tell her father, who is also the pastor of her church.

When her friend Michael sits down next to her in the hallway at school, it leads her inside the doors of the Mormon Church, a group she’s been warned against for years.

Her old friends suddenly aren’t around anymore, and upon discovering not only her pregnancy, but also her new involvement with the LDS faith, her father asks her to leave his house.

Dani begins to fall for Michael, while trying to find parents for her unborn baby, in an unfamiliar city.

Not much of Dani’s life is going as planned.

My Forever is a story about the struggle to balance between what your head is screaming for you to do and the power of following the quieter voice inside your heart – wishing for a time when they’re both saying the same thing.

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9 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Cassie Mae Says:

    Oh, I don’t think I’ve been over here for a while. Love the new look!

    And thanks for letting me participate in the awesome!!!!

  2. Linda Jackson Says:

    I like the way you formatted this post, Suzi. I’m an everyday reader, with books scattered everywhere. And thanks for the snippet of Jolene Perry’s book. I like that she tackles the tough issues. :)

  3. Kelley Lynn Says:

    Suzi!! Great blog look girl!! LOVE IT!

    I don’t read nearly as much as these ladies and gent. I can usually only find time on a plane (if I’m not writing) or when I’m working out. Since I only work out half an hour to one hour about five times a week… I can finish one book a week. Maybe. Depends on how lazy I am :) haha

  4. Lara Schiffbauer Says:

    Way cool blog! I just asked Emily where everyone gets these original backgrounds! Did you design it yourself?

    I don’t read nearly enough. I’m having trouble finding books that keep my attention. All the urban fantasy has either a vampire or werewolf somewhere in there and I really am not interested. Maybe I should go back to mysteries for a while.

  5. Janeal Says:

    This is a good, new look!

    When I’m not deeply editing or writing, I read everyday. When edits/writing is heavy, I still read at least once a week. Though I do find it harder to enjoy a book when I’m in editing mode.

  6. Medeia Sharif Says:

    Congrats to Jolene.

    It was interesting reading everyone’s response. I usually read at least 3 books a week.

  7. Amy Sonnichsen Says:

    Wow, I love your new blog look, too, Suzi! Very nice! Thanks so much for including me in your big reveal! It was such an honor. :D

  8. Jolene Says:

    Love the new look here, too!!!
    I always laugh at my responses, because that’s EXACTLY how I talk, lol. Man I’m wordy…

  9. Jenny Morris Says:

    Love the new look! I go through different periods. Lately I’ve been critiquing a lot (which is reading) But I try to read a book a week. That doesn’t happen anymore because of writing, blogging and other stuff. But when I need a break from everything else I read for fun.

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