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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Interview of Reader/Reviewer Robin Smith

Today I'm happy to present an interview of Reader/Reviewer Robin Smith!
Photo of Lady and Shadow.

I’ve never written a bio about myself. My name is Robin and over the years I have written poetry which can be seen on just click on the blog there. I have written reviews for under my own name and also for  under the pen of ladybirdrobi. Somewhere there is a book that has one of my poems in it and I believe there is an audio book of that same title, which I can’t remember. I am disabled and do not work so I have all the time in the world to devote to my favorite pastime of reading.

Q: What type of genre do you enjoy the most and why?
A: I will read almost any genre except dark fantasy, horror and any with same sex graphic love scene descriptions. Lately though I’ve been focused on werewolves and other shape shifters in starring or back-up roles.

Q: What inspired you to read romance books?
A: I don’t really know why or when I first started reading romances. I just know that I enjoy it when an author can snag me and I feel as if I am the heroine.

Q: Do you read ebooks, print books, or both? Have you thought about getting an ebook reader if you don’t already have one?
A: I read both and I would love to have an ereader, the only reason I don’t already own one is they are too expensive for my blood.

Q: Besides those of us at “Romance Books R Us”, who are your favorite authors?
A: Favorite authors - hmm - I have so many but here are a few that come to mind Cassie Edwards, Kate Hill, Kate Douglas, Patricia Briggs, Bertrice Small, Lora Leigh, Bianca D’Arc and the list could go on longer if I continued to think about who I enjoyed reading.

Q: Do you visualize the hero and heroine as you read? Do you use the cover (if they’re shown) as images for them?
A: Do I visualize? I try to become the heroine in any given story I read, it depends upon whether the author has that knack to grab me. As far as cover images,sometimes I might use that as a jumping point but too many of them don’t match description in the book itself so no for the most part.

Q: Have you ever been to a writing conference/convention? If so, what did you think about it?
A: No I’ve never physically been to a gathering however, Lucy Monroe did do a Readers blog for an online during the last RT gathering.

Q: When do you read and do have “comfort food” as you read? 
A: At any time of the day or night because I have no job to interfere with my reading whenever I felt like doing so. I try to keep healthy snacks like fruit for those times because I am a diabetic and have to watch carb and sugar intake. If I am in a lot of pain I will pick up a book and hope that that author can snag me and take me away from the pain because my pain pills just aren’t strong enough to totally take the pain away.

Q: What kind of promo items (bookmarks, trinkets, brochures, etc.) do you enjoy receiving?
A: I love bookmarks, have quite a collection in a Ziploc baggie to keep them safe. I have magnets on the fridge. Signed cover flats are nice too. I have a big $10 express box from author island’s goodie box. I have them all but what I like most are the beaded type of bookmarks (not sure what they are called) because the author took the time to make it.

Q: Do you enter contests? What type of items do you enjoy getting if you win?
A: I am a contest entering junkie. I love getting anything book related or promo material like T-shirts, key rings, pens, notepads, journals, tote bags and of course, the autographed book itself.

Q: What one question would you like to ask an author?
A: Are you proud of the fact you write to the point that there is no need for a pen name because you don’t care if anyone knows what you do and are not embarrassed by what you write?

Q: How important is a cover when you’re looking to buy a book?
A: The covers are what usually draws my eye to a book and the back cover blurb or synopsis is what sells the book to me.

Q: Do you read blurbs and excerpts? Which one is most important in your decision to buy a book and why?
A: Yes I do and either blurb or excerpt will effect my decision. I know I have put books I would not normally read on my TBR mountain because the excerpt snagged me to wanting to know what happens next.

Q: Do you like reading first or third person books? Why?
A: I think I like first person because it makes it more personal to me as opposed to third person which is based upon that teller’s opinion about what happened and not based upon what actually happened to the person. If that makes any sense at all. I’m not always good with words and sometimes don’t use them right.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Not really but if anyone wants to know my opinion on something ask me and if it doesn’t upset me in any way I’ll most likely answer it.


Amber Skyze said...

It's great to get to know readers better. I use a pen name because of my day job. I'm definitely not ashamed to tell people what I write, but I can't risk losing my steady income over it either. :) Some day I hope to publish it all under my real name.

Tina Donahue said...

I'm with you on that Amber. I, too, have a day job and they don't know I write erotic romance.

Great interview Robin! :)

Katalina Leon said...

Thank you for sharing so much with us Robin, I admire your courage and strength.

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Judy said...

I really enjoyed the interview and your post!! Good luck!!

jean hart stewart said...

Gret to get a frank interview like this. I'd love to send some bookmarks for your collection if you'd contact me at my website, I use my own name and never thought of doing anything else.

Sandy said...

Hi Robin,

Glad to meet you.

I thought I was being egotistical to use my real name. Lol I do go by Sandra K. Marshall, which is my real name, and I write mystery romance.

You gave a wonderful interview, Robin.


ladybirdrobi said...

Thank you for your comments. I am always happy to help others in any way that I am qualified for. Jean I will contact you shortly with my snail mail and I'll gladly accept your contribution to my collection thank you.
I enjoy meeting authors and interacting with them because I've always wanted to be one but never had the guts to try other than in a creative writing class while getting my associate's degree in accounting. I just can't seem to kick start my own imagination to create a story. I'm still waiting for a shape- shifting skunk. I even suggested one on someone's blog, my memory is really bad which probably makes it even harder for me if I did attempt a story.

Have a great day.

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