Saturday, August 11, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post - A Reader or a Writer?

A Reader or a Writer, which would you rather be?
by Darlene Jones

Oh boy, I have to say I dislike either/or questions because most of the time I want both. LOL Greedy, I guess, but I can’t imagine writing without reading and I lived too many years of reading without writing.

As a kid I always had my nose in a book. I carried it around while I dusted around the ornaments and doilies. Of course my mother made me put the book down and dust properly. Putting a book down was agony!

Each Christmas Eve we were allowed to open one present. Good thing it was obvious by feel which was the book. Problem was I finished reading it that evening, but then I could always reread it Christmas Day.

Sometime during my teens the desire to write began to loom in my heart. But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I followed that dream. And now, here I am with two books published, one being formatted and the fourth a work in progress. Now, I can’t imagine a day without writing.

There are many joys in writing—creating the story, the characters who become friends, playing with the plot line, throwing in a fight or two, and of course a love triangle (that’s the romance, right?). In my story, I have the fun of adding magical elements with the otherworldly characters who give the heroine special powers.


Genre - Science Fiction / Romance 
Rating - PG13

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  1. Thank you for this chance to talk about writing and my books.

  2. I loved reading your books. Good stories, well-written, and hard to put down. Love the Em and Yves series.

  3. Hi Darlene - you make a very good point about being a reader first. I too read fiction from an early age and always had my nose in a book. Being a writer too is such a joy - as making up your own stories is the best thing ever!

    Janice x

  4. I think you need to read to be able to write, Darlene. It's one of our most important learning tools, IMHO. Thanks for sharing! :) x

  5. A hard question - but I suspect we can all trace our desire to write back to early reading experiences! Being captivated by something and disappearing into another world for a short while. Love the 'putting a book down was agony' (even to eat tea or get dressed....). Great interview.


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