Friday, July 20, 2012

A Reader Writer or a Writer Reader

What I mean by the title is:

Do you read for enjoyment, the pleasure of reading, of losing yourself in another world, another time?

Or, do you read to become a better writer?

I must admit I do both.

Before I started doing this amazing thing called WRITING, I didn't give the way a sentence was structured a second thought. I read simply to lose myself in a story. After reading the book: "Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write" by Francine Prose, it changed the way I read.

The book gave me a new understanding of the sentence, the beauty of each word, and why sentences can and should be varied. Long. Short. Flowery. Succinct.

Now, admittedly, I'm still growing as a writer, BUT... I've come a long way.

What about you? Why do you read?


Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. 
Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White.

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.

Blood and Snow #1 
Revenant in Training #2 
The Vampire Christopher #3
Blood Soaked Promises #4 - add to your Goodreads - available August 2012.

The BLOOD AND SNOW series is a fractured fairytale with Snow White living in present day Salem, Mass. Her next door neighbors are 7 brothers who've been adopted by an eccentric, older man they call Professor Pops. The series will be told in 12 volumes. I hope you enjoy reading about Snow, the seven brothers, and the gorgeous Hunter, as much as I've enjoyed writing about them. 


Lover of books, baking, and toffee-making. The author of the amazon bestselling romantic suspense, "Sleeping Roses," "Aligned: An Immortal Essence Short Story," "Exiled," and the Blood and Snow series. Honorary nerd with attitude.


  1. I definitely read to do both. When I get lost in a story, the words and sentences soak into my brain and I do believe reading more makes me a better writer; more so than studying craft books. Love the cover of the 4th! Awesome!

  2. I can't help doing both, but some stories do still sweep me away. Thanks for the book-rec! I'm always looking for good craft books. :)

  3. I read because I love the adventure, intrigue, and worlds that authors take me to. Admittedly, I do read with a different eye now that I'm an author. Part of me analyzes and stores away things. But I always do my best to read for the fun of it and appreciate the effort an author put into their work.