By Jeff Salter
This week we’re collecting readers’ perspectives to learn what kinds of things they like in romance books… and what they want to see more of.
My Guest Interviewee
Please welcome Kim Marcum as my Guest Fox for Hound Day. She’s an avid reader and very supportive of me and other local authors. Members of Kim’s family are published authors or aspiring writers and Kim herself has written down many interesting story premises and scene openers. I’m hoping to see Kim fully develop some of those and come back to 4F1H as a guest author.
I borrowed several of these questions from my 4F1H colleague, Patricia Kiyono.
What genre do you usually read for pleasure?
Kim: Most of what I read is fiction. I enjoy romance the best but I also like stories with some “unnatural or supernatural” elements. For example, in Jeff ‘s “The Ghostess and Mister Muir” — I absolutely loved the interaction between the live characters and the ghostess.
Other than your friends asking you, what would make you pick up and read a romance?
Kim: I keep track of what my friends are reading, and I belong to several Facebook groups that focus on authors. Their recommendations have led me to some great reads!
What kind of characters appeal to you?
Kim: I love characters that have real life problems to overcome. Strong and genuine leading men who are not afraid to show their “soft” side. Strong and independent women who are not afraid to go after what they want all while still staying in control of their lives.
What do you dislike in a character?
Kim: There always needs to be the third wheel character, the one who causes some turmoil for the main characters, be it from jealousy or just because that is their nature.
Do you get bored with the “happily ever after” of traditional romances?
Kim: Not if there was adversity to overcome to get to the happily ever after. Even Cinderella had to overcome a lot of heartache before she got her prince.
What advice would you give romance authors?
Kim: I love it when the author describes in detail the surroundings, I want to feel like I am seeing exactly what is in the room that the characters are seeing. I want to feel what the characters are feeling, hear what they are hearing. I love details like the “creaking floor” as they are walking on it, the “cool, moist gust of air” that out of nowhere rushes across the nape of the neck! Don’t be afraid to give the readers enough detail so they feel like they are IN the situation with the characters.
Approximately how many books do you read each year?
Kim: Before 2014 it was very few. Now that I have met some great authors (JL Salter, CK Gray) and have befriended many others through social media (Wendy Knight being top on my list), I have already read one book a week for the year 2015. That may not sound like much but with being a full time (disabled) mom & wife, to read one a week is a great accomplishment! I intend to read as much as possible from the many authors I currently read plus add more new author friends this year!
What kinds of writing are you doing now… or do you want to do in the future?
Kim: I get random thoughts & type them up but [so far] I never get past that thought.
Thanks, Kim, for helping me out this Hound Day… and with pretty short notice!
Do y’all agree / disagree with Kim’s views? What would some of your answers be to any one of these questions?