Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.
Genella: Kiki, my very favorite is historical romance. Anything from early-early to the 1920's (and time-travel, too.) Ever since I started reading, it has provided me with an escape from everyday life. That being said, I also love fantasy and supernatural romance. Now I have many talented friends who write contemps – and I read those, too. And just to confuse you further, for all of the above: The hotter the better.
Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.
Genella: Aaah, way too many to name! I'd crash the site with the marathon list of answers. LOL
Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
Genella: I have a couple that will always have a special place in my heart. Judith McNaught's "Until You" (my first romance read ever.) Also, Jude Deveraux's "Remembrance" (which inspired me to become a writer.)
Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
Genella: As a matter of fact, last month I read Trish Albright's "Siren's Secret" and put it on my list of recommended reads on my website.
Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
Genella: I don't get to read nearly as much as I'd like to. I'm probably quite slow in comparison to other readers because I like to savor the story and give every character their own voice/accent in my head. It can take up to a month to read a mass market-size paperback – I might get a chapter a night in before I nod-off. I enjoy both print books and ebooks. As for the ideal setting? I'd love to go on a week-long cruise with a huge stack of books, sit on my private balcony and order room service and in-room massages. Sigh. Someday. :)
Kiki: If pressed, could you chose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
Genella: This is such a hard question to answer. I guess would have to say "Remember Me" is the book of my heart, but "The Trouser Game" was just a pleasure to write. And then there is . . . No. I'll stop. (Dang, it's hard to choose between my babies. LOL)
Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
Genella: In Jude Deveraux's "Remembrance" (which could be considered a historical, supernatural Romance) the heroine is a romance novelist who undergoes a past-life regression and finds out she's always been a storyteller. After I read that book, I knew I needed to get these stories out of my head and onto paper. :)
Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
Genella: Ugh, I have no idea! I'd really have to ask my editor this question. If you were to ask me what flows easiest from my "pen" I'd have to say dialog, but again, my editor would be able to pin this answer down for us.
Kiki: Please share with
Genella: I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't pimp The Romantic Times Booklover's Convention to all your readers! (You can find the link to this awesome convention on my website, on the "Appearances 2010" page.) I'll be there from April 27th through May 2nd – and if anyone is in the vicinity of
Thanks, Kiki – this was fun!
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