Kristina Mathews, author of the More Than a Game series, talks to us about what’s on her TBR (to be read) pile.
I don’t remember not knowing how to read. My mom tells stories of how I would impress friends and family by reading my favorite book at age three. I probably had it memorized, but it was a step toward learning how to read. And once I started school, I often had my own reading group, because I was a grade-level or two above the rest of the class.
I am still a voracious reader. I read for pleasure almost every night. I read the seventh Harry Potter book in two days. It usually takes me less than a week to read a book. So, books don’t stay on my TBR pile very long.
I mostly read contemporary romance. I will occasionally pick up a romantic suspense or a historical, but my favorite books tend to be more about ordinary people finding that extraordinary love.
One of the hardest parts about becoming an author is that there are so many books I want to read, but I have less time than I used to. I have met many authors both in person and online and I want to support them, but I can’t read every book out there. Although my husband thinks I’ve tried. He bought me a Kindle because I have too many paperbacks piled on and around the bookcases. I do buy more eBooks these day, since it’s much more convenient, and it takes up less space. Plus, the only bookstore in my town is a used bookstore, and I no longer feel comfortable buying used books that don’t support the author. I even feel bad getting a book as a giveaway, but I will download a free book from Amazon because I know it will boost their book’s ranking so I am supporting them that way.
There are so many authors I’d like to support. Too many to name, but I’ll try. Some are authors I’ve met like, Allison Brennan, Virna DePaul, Debra Dixon, Cyndi Faria, Keli Gwynn, Deb Julienne, Paisley Kirkpatrick, Brenda Novak, Tawny Weber, Nina Bruhns, Susan Hatler, Kristen Miller, Teresa Ragan, Jeannie Ruesch, Cindy Sample, and Terry McLaughlin.
Then there are authors who have helped me along my writing journey, by offering online courses, critiques, or are just examples of the kinds of books I want to write. Writers like, Rogenna Brewer, Kris Fletcher, Shirley Jump, Kat Martin, Autumn Piper, Liz Talley, and Jeannie Watt.
I can’t forget my Lyrical Press sisters, Cd Brennan, Gemma Brocato, Krissy Daniels, Tera Shanley, Julia Tagen, and Joanne Wadsworth are just a few of the authors I’ve started reading.
Outside of romance, I’ve read Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Wilkie Collins, and a ton of children’s books in my work with developing readers.
The last book I didn’t finish was The Lord Of The Rings. But my son read it in fifth grade. I made him read The Hobbit first. He hasn’t read my book. He’s sixteen, so I’m okay with that.