D. Melhoff has stopped by The Library to chat with us about books as part of his virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. He's going to give one lucky commenter a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card--so leave a comment or ask him a question. You can see the other stops on his tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/10/virtual-tour-come-little-children-by-d.html
Thanks for stopping by The Library. What is your favorite book you remember as a child?
Anything by Roald Dahl, especially the twisted ones: Revolting Rhymes, The Witches, The Twits. And The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Pure magic.
What are you reading right now?
Currently enjoying The Goldfinch. Sycamore Row is on deck.
Tell us about your new novel in 10 words.
A young mortician trying to chase down a serial killer.
E-Reader or print? And why?
There’s nothing like the look and smell of a real book, but e-books have the convenience edge. For new authors, e-books also have a leg up thanks to lower prices, wider distribution, and easier access to new readers.
Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
My system’s unpredictable. For hardcovers I might use the jacket as a bookmark, while for paperbacks, I can usually remember where I’ve left off since I rarely stop in the middle of a chapter. Thank God e-books keep your place automatically. Chalk that up as another win for the e-reading world.
Favorite place to read?
On the deck of a Caribbean cruise ship, splayed out perfectly between the shallow end of the pool and the all-you-can-eat buffet.
I usually stick to the same stuff I like writing: fast paced thrillers with a lot of twists and turns. Throw in a good conspiracy theory and I’m hooked.
Re-reader or not?
I like to bookmark favorite passages in my Kindle so I can return to them later (score—another point for the e-reader!), but I rarely re-read entire books. So many to enjoy, so little time.
Do you loan your books?
Do you mean the books I’ve written or the ones I own? Either way, no. A long time ago I let a friend borrow my copy of The Bad Beginning, and when I got it back, the ink on the spine was completely rubbed off. Rubbed off! I didn’t even know that was possible. So since I’m a stickler for keeping my books in mint condition, I can’t say I’ve ever lent one out after that.
As for making my books more available to libraries, I’m all for it. Give us some time and I’m sure it’ll happen.
Thank you for the interview. Until next time, visit my website at www.dmelhoff.com and/or order Come Little Children straight from Amazon.
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