The Readers Speak! My Interview with a Reader, Barbara G. (from Italy!)

Writers, listen up!  Here we find out what the readers really think.


1. Why don’t you introduce yourself? Where do you live? What do you do for a living?

Hi, there! *waves* I’m Italian, but I’ve become proficient enough in English to read and write fluently in that language – it took me years, though, so I’m not a young person, LOL! I still live in Roma where I was born and have a dreaded part-time Day Job that I hope to quit sometime in the future when my writing career takes off. I’m married to Writing and eventually my husband of 30+ years will pay the bills! *grin*

2. What’s the first book you remember reading?

Probably the collection of world tales illustrated (it’s like 8 volumes…) – I enjoyed fairy tales very much (and not in their Disney version). Or the books of Emilio Salgari (adventure in foreign countries, mostly India, Malaysia and his three Western books), soon accompanied by Verne & Dumas (I grew up in French-speaking countries, so they were school-reading. Sort of).

3. What is your favorite book/author?

I started writing after falling in love with Brunella Gasperini’s works back in the 1980s. I don’t have a favorite at the moment – also because I’m trying to discover new stories that grab ME, and adult halfway through her life who has long forgotten her teenage years but still loves to dream of other worlds.

4. What’s the biggest influence on what you read? Word of mouth? Cover art? Price?

In France/Switzerland I had learned to choose books by their covers. In Italy I discovered publishers “recycled” covers (like random Boris Vallejo paintings on the covers of David Eddings’ Belgariad…), so I stopped choosing based only on that. Yes, the cover is still the first thing that catches my eye, but I immediately go to the blurb to see if it’s something that I’d actually like to read. And if the blurb is too cryptic about the actual plot, I’ll check reviews for more hints on what the story is about.

5. Does advertising have any affect on what you read?

Nope – although the smart Amazon suggestions often got me to buy another. But more in the DVD department than books.

6. What’s something authors do that gets on your nerves?

The “editing” mistakes like confusing your own characters’ names, killing a character and have him show up in a later scene, etc. I’m also very plot-oriented, so if there’s a hole in your story, I’ll notice (although if it’s sci-fi, being technologically challenged, I might not notice).

7. What’s your opinion on so called “mature” themes? Sex, violence, foul language? Do they affect whether you will read a book?

I’m an adult, I don’t care. I do put them in my writing if I think the story needs them. I’m not a fan of erotica, but I can read it. I don’t like horror and its gory details, but I can read it. I even read gay porn once because I was curious (good research for writing M/M romance as well, LOL)! OK, once I had to stop reading a book because it was becoming too intense (torture porn?), but then I picked it up again and finished it anyway.

8. Writers do a lot of spamming on social media sites. Annoying or influential?

Very annoying. The constant “buy my book” makes me want to yell at the darn author “Go write the next one and prove me you’re not a one-shot wonder first, you moron!”

9. Is there any genre you would never read?

Probably not. I’m curious and think there are stories everywhere, even in non-fiction. OK, some non-fiction topics don’t interest me, and like I said I don’t like horror and porn, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never ever read them. Although… I’ve tasted enough South American literature, unable to finish any, to know it’s not my cup of tea, so I better stay away from them!

10. If you could be a character in any book, what would it be?

Dunno. Busy being my own character. Besides, I’m probably a “strange” reader. I tend to interact with characters I like (from books, movies, whatever), but I don’t want to be any of them. I want them as friends or lovers, but I’d still be me.

11. Have you ever considered writing a book?

I’ve been writing since my teens. I started indie publishing stories of my world, Silvery Earth, last year. I need time to translate and rewrite a lot of stuff (and some can stay in the drawer, thank you. Of 500+ titles, not all deserve to see the light of day – or meet the readers!), and I’m all set with a publishing schedule for the next 5 years at least. Not too mention the new ideas that keep popping up…

12. If you were a writer, what kind of book would you like to write?

I’ve written in many genres, but now I’m concentrating on fantasy. Except it’s adult fantasy, character-oriented and has none of the epic flavor of LOTR (which I never read, BTW). I like smaller and more personal conflicts, I’m tired of Quests or Good vs Evil stories. My world is in shades of gray and most of my characters are outcasts or outsiders trying (or not) to fit in in their society. No great battles and raging wars, but as I cover centuries of history of Silvery Earth, something is bound to happen – kingdoms and empires come and go, Magical Races come and go…

13. Do you have a blog where people can follow you? I don’t have an author webpage yet, but on my blog there’s everything – writing AND reading!

14. What book are you reading now/next?

“Away with the fairies” by Vivienne Tuffnell. Her first novel “Strangers&Pilgrims” was very touching and I look forward to read this one.

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