Unless I'm reading a book about geology for dummies, or the mating habits of Florida alligators, I read to be entertained. Nah, I don't really read about geology or alligators, but I do enjoy a good mystery that entertains me. Consequently, I read (and write) stories that are lighter with a touch of humor. As far as reading, not much makes me happier than finishing a book and realizing that I have a smile on my face.
You might ask me why. I'd have to answer that there's just too much drama in our everyday lives. I have a desire to be taken away from that angst -- and eat chocolate while in the process. I could try writing something serious that would bring a tear to the reader's eye, but that would take the fun out of it for me. Writing is the most fun I've ever had while doing a job, and trust me, writing is a job. The nice part is that I can do this job at home. I could even wear my jammies while I write, but I don't think my husband or the neighbors who can see through my office window would appreciate that.
Some people wonder how important the snippets on the back cover of the book are are, and I'm here to say they're very important, at least to me. They give me a feel for the book and whether it's going to entice me into paying good money for it.
I have to admit that I've started reading books by authors I've never read before who are with Oak Tree Press, and none of them have let me down. I'm finding some great stories, and I'll be returning for other books by these authors. And not because I have a book coming out from Oak Tree, but because they're quality stories.
Read a good book, and do it today. You'll be glad you did.
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