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Over the past months I’ve been expanding my reading genre. As a writer, it is so important to read a wide variety of texts to see how other writers are captivating their audience. Some styles of writing I’ve enjoyed more than others but it has been refreshing to note the styles I’ve been able to relate to and those I’ve not. I’ve delved into self-published novels as well as established traditional authors books. There are some great stories being told by all.

Generally, I love the fast pace of thrillers and enjoy shadowing the protagonist as he/she tackles problems head on. This is the only time I enjoy running! However, as with my writing I enjoy taking a break from the full on action and settling into a softer, more character driven story. 

Late last year I read, The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh, which I highly recommend. The story follows the lives of three main characters and how their lives intertwine due to circumstance.  I was so enthralled by the author’s eloquent style. The language was simple and yet used with such a delicate sophistication, it pulled me into the story. I enjoyed McIntosh’s novel so much, I emailed her to thank her, as well as write a review on Amazon. As a writer, we love to get positive feedback so why not pass it on as a reader? I was thrilled to receive a personal email back and she even made a new sale as there is a follow on to The Lavender Keeper. Naturally, I bought it and am currently reading it. Captivating! (a few tears have also been shed.) Would I have bought it if I hadn’t received a response? Probably not. There’s another lesson learned: writers should value their readers and forge relationships. It will bring about future sales.

What are you reading at the moment? Do you write to authors to tell them how much you enjoyed their book?







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  1. That's cool she responded.
    I don't get many emails, but I respond to all of them. I appreciate all of my readers, especially the ones who took a chance on a genre they don't normally read.

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  2. In my brain, writers are high and lofty creatures, and i've never had the courage to write to one and say what i liked about a book. It's a belief that was fostered in me as a child, and i can't seem to get over it.

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    1. As in any walk of life, there are good people and those who have a different approach to others. Most writers I've met are absolutely lovely. Hopefully I won't cross paths with the high and lofty creatures you mention :)

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  3. I am reading Merivel - a sequel to Restoration by Rose Tremain. Such a wonderful change from the psychological thrillers I've been reading recently. The main character is possibly my favourite ever!

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    1. I've taken a break from psychological reads - lost too much sleep :)

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  4. Hi Nicola - I'm a hopeless reader ... but would if it was a friend and write a review up ... I enjoyed a few books recently - the Patrick Leigh Fermor trilogy ... and then one that was brilliantly written but isn't available any more: Before the Glory Ended by Ursula Zulinsky ... and Jenny's books on Emily Hobhouse that I've posted about (Jenny is my mother's cousin) ... actually better check I've left a review! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Reviews are so important to writers. So pleased you take the time to write them.

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  5. That's so cool that you e-mailed her. I had that happen once and I received a really nice blog guest post when I replied, plus I bought the reader/writer's new book because I wanted to support her in return.
    I e-mailed an author that I really liked (but didn't know through blogging already) and she let me know about her sequel book's progress ... so I entered the release date on my calendar and purchased it ...
    Being invested in fellow reader/writers is a joy and it's a good idea.

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    1. I love the way you put that, Tyrean - it's all about investing in others as well as one's own ventures.

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  6. I'm with you on this. I generally stick with thrillers, but have become side-tracked by Westerns lately. Odd, yes? But there it is. I never would have thought I enjoyed them so much.

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    1. You should try David Baldacci's Wish You Well. Fantastic read and so different from his usual genre. He gained a new respect from me with that novel.

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  7. I have written to authors and I've received really lovely replies. I should do it more often, but sometimes there just isn't the time to do more. As to branching out and reading more widely, I agree. I'm trying to do that. I still haven't gotten to romance, but I have made it to horror.

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    1. I would have to read horror during sunny days! Eeek!

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  8. I like to read a wide variety also. I started reading Anne Tyler and I am amazed at how she can take something as common as riding a train and make it a total page turner.

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    1. I'll have to have a look at Anne Tyler's books.

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  9. I've been trying to catch up on my reading too. All those books in my kindle - the notorious TBR list. And I've made progress - writing reviews too! Finally finished Short Stories for on the go! :) Loved it. Now I'm trying to decide which one will be my next conquest! Any recommendations?

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    1. Thank you, Yolanda. Naturally I'd recommend Ultimate Principle by an author called..... errr..... what's her name again? :)

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  10. I love that you got a response. Great fun.

    Thanks for commenting and asking me a question on Alex's blog today. Those boxes and bins were donated last year. We gave them to a shoppe that helps pound puppies and cats.

    Have a yummy day and boogie boogie.

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    1. Thanks for popping by. So pleased your boxes found a good home.

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  11. This is a lovely post and oh so true.

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  12. I love that you got a response.

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    1. Me too. Hope you are well, Lynda.

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  13. No, I've never written to an author. I suppose if I really loved a novel... I don't know. It just doesn't occur to me normally.

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  14. I always respond to emails also though I don't get many. I just read a YA book called Illuminae. Really good and some great twists. I don't read much YA but I'm glad I tried this one.

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    1. So pleased you enjoyed venturing out of your normal reading genre.

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  15. I do like to offer feedback. For a time, I interviewed writers on a group blog. It was rewarding, but time consuming. Now I put all that energy into rewrites since my muse stepped back into my life. I like reading all sorts of things, too. Autobiographies of rock stars are usually very interesting. Reading Marilyn Manson's led to owning the entire catalog of music, which my partner and I still enjoy. I'm looking forward to a science fiction fantasy story once I finish the short story anthology currently about half finished. Happy reading and writing!

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    1. A wide variety there, Darla. Thank you for sharing. Take care and good luck with your current WIP.

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  16. I never would have thought of emailing the author. Maybe I should try that sometime.

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  17. Juts catching up on blogs after our big move. What a lovely post, Nicola, and it's wonderful that you contacted the author and received a reply - we all love that kind of connection and it really touches me whenever a reader contacts me. A great idea to read widely !

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    1. I hope you have settled well after your move, Rosemary. Wishing you all the best.

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  18. I read a wide variety of genres. I like the variety. I usually have multiple books going at once. I'm reading a YA princess fantasy, listening to a MG fantasy by Brandon Mull, and listening to a contemporary romance, though I recently read several Regency romances.

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    1. I have 4 on the go at the moment, Donna. My bedtime mood decides what I read :)

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