Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Suzanne Sweeney


Suzanne Sweeney, author of THE RUNNING SERIES, has stopped by The Library to chat with us as part of her virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Suzanne will be awarding a $25 Visa Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/04/virtual-book-tour-running-series-by.html.



READ THE INTERVIEW


What are you reading right now?

"Searching for Somebody" by Jennifer Probst. Technically, I'm not reading it yet, but I just downloaded it and I hope to start it this weekend.

E-Reader or print? and why?

I haven't read a hard cover or paperback in about two years. I'm a diehard e-book reader. I think it's mostly because I read too quickly. If I find a good book, I can devour it in a day or two. Now that Kindle allows you to loan and borrow books, it's like lending a book to a friend.

One book at a time or multiples?

Just one book at a time. If I'm enjoying the book, I'll finish it rather quickly. But even if I'm not enjoying the book, I won't start another until I've decided what to do about my current read - abandon it, skim it, or bear it out.

Least favorite book you've read this year?

That one's easy - Allegiant, hands down. I know the author is young, so I won't itemize my criticisms. I found it hard to read, difficult to follow, and nearly impossible to feel sympathy for the characters.

When do you do most of your reading?

I spend most of my time reading on the weekends. I'm a part-time writer and full-time school teacher, so weekends are my only "me" time.

Favorite book to recommend?

The "With Me in Seattle" series by Proby. I love how she has recurring characters. Each story starts anew, but the reader can keep in touch with former favorites.

Re-reader or not?

I will reread my favorites only after it's been a long time. I like to revisit old friends and become reacquainted.

What would make you not finish a book?

For me, it comes down to two things: (1) if the book has not been properly proofread and edited, I will spot it right away. I suppose that's the teacher in me. Anyone who cannot put the investment into finishing the book properly does not deserve my time. (2) If the author has not woven a sympathetic storyline. As with Allegiant - I no longer cares who wins and who loses. Hell, I don't even know what they're fighting about this time. She just never got me to care!

Keep books or give them away?

I used to have shelves and shelves of books organized by author and genre. But I've since given them all away and hoardishly covet my e-book library with its multitude of authors, genres, and titles to choose from.

READ THE BLURB


Running Home to You: continues the journey of Juliette and Evan that began in “Running Back to You”.

Juliette Fletcher thought she had it all – a strikingly handsome man who adores her, a new business venture with her best friends by her side, and a dream house right on the beach. But appearances can be deceiving and everything comes at a cost.

Evan McGuire has just survived a vicious attack that almost ended his professional football career. He’s on the mends now, trying to piece his life back together again, and build a life with Juliette.

But Evan’s erratic behavior has Juliette worried. She must figure out how to save her struggling restaurant, her fragile friendships, and her now unhealthy relationship with the man she loves. Juliette and Evan find that they’ve placed their trust in the wrong people and the price they pay for that mistake may ultimately cost them everything.

Running Home to You is the second book in the Running Series.

MEET THE AUTHOR


Suzanne Sweeney is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she studied Elementary Education and Sociology. For some time now, she has been sharing her love of literature with the young minds who sit before her in class each and every day. After years of teaching the art of writing, Suzanne has finally taken her own advice and put pen to paper in order to produce her debut novel, Running Back to You. She writes what she lives, residing in the community she loves, Point Pleasant, with her family who provide a constant source of inspiration and support.

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