Merry Brown is here at The Library to talk with us about books as part of her virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. She's giving a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter at the end of the tour---you can see other places she's visiting by going here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/05/virtual-book-tour-gold-manor-ghost.html.
Welcome to The Library, Merry. What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
My mom read The Secret Garden to me when I was a kid. I still think about the images I conjured about the garden and the children.
What are you reading right now?
A Million Suns by Beth Revis.
Do you have any bad book habits?
Yes, I either gobble a book up in two days, or it takes me three months. I wish I could find a happy, reasonable medium!
E-Reader or print? and why?
I’ll read on both, but I prefer print. Why? I like the feel and smell of a book, the weight of it in my hands. I like the art work and the physical reminder of what I have waiting for me.
Though I don’t mind reading on my phone (my preferred e-reading method), physical books resonate with the fact that we are embodied creatures, and not senseless machines.
Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
When I was younger, I admit, I use to dog-ear. But now I bookmark. Anything counts as a bookmark, of course, from bills, to tiny bits of paper, to my kids’ Yu-gi-oh cards.
Favorite book you've read this year?
I’ve read some great books, but I loved The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
When do you do most of your reading?
At night, when the kids are in bed and I’m supposed to be cleaning or working on something else!
I love YA paranormal romance and dystopian literature.
Do you loan your books?
Another great benefit of physical books! I get geeked-out over loaning books to people. I’m a book pusher. As soon as I get into a book, I can’t wait to finish it and hand it off to a friend.
Re-reader or not?
Absolutely! Even though I’m in the middle of reading A Million Suns, last night I picked up City of Bones to re-read in anticipation of the upcoming movie (though I know it will be disappointing, because, as we are all painfully aware, the book is almost always superior to the movie!).
What would make you not finish a book?
If I really disliked the main character, or the world the author created, or if I see the character making bad choices and I don’t want to wait around for the approaching train wreck. I’m loathe to admit it publicly, but I’m stuck in the middle of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina because I see where her story is going, and I can’t bring myself to go there with her. Though, there’s a reason Tolstoy has such staying power. I’m amazed by his writing and insight into the human condition.
Won her dream job acting in a hit TV series. Check.
Working with her best friend. Check.
The set’s haunted and she’s in the middle of a supernatural war. Uh, check?
Anna Rose Ellington is sixteen and living in Hollywood, hoping to be a star. Anna just landed a major role on Ghost House, TeenTV’s new fall drama. A show promising to be so hot, Meg Sweet (the reigning teenage diva), signed on for the lead, and Adam Lewis (international rock sensation) is a principal player.
Her dreams are falling into place until she gets on set and begins questioning her sanity. It’s true she has an unusual dream life, where once in a while her dreams literally come true. But it’s been a while. On top of her dreams not staying put in her brain, including the guy she’d been dreaming of for years, the house they’re filming in, Gold Manor, might actually be haunted. But that’s the least of her worries.
Find the author online at http://www.merrybrown.com, twitter: @merryebrown, or Facebook: Merry Brown. Buy the book at Amazon