Hi guys, up today I have another amazing reader interview. Helen Picca is here to tell us all about her love for reading.
Hi, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a former marketing exec from NYC and have a BA in English from Marymount College. That is where I learned to love the written word. I am an avid reader and like a variety of genres. Having moved around the country, and have packed and unpacked many times, I no longer buy books, though I do prefer to read a book over an ebook. Thankfully, we have a great library system, where I can get just about any book I am interested in reading.
What makes a book cover catch your eye? Have you got a favourite?
I don’t really choose books based on the book cover. I am more interested in what the book is about, so read the jacket or back cover. But if you placed 5 books in front of me, and told me to pick one, I would go for a book with a cover that had soft colors or a photo of a setting that I liked.
When you’re reading a blurb, what would make you want to try that book? What would put you off?
I want to read anything that has a secret or a mystery, or anything related to WWII.
What puts me off is anything macabre or truly dark.
What makes you love a character? Who are your favourites from the books you’ve read and why?
I guess I like to see their humanity, their struggle. One character I really liked recently was Rachel Childs from Lehane’s Since we Fell. She was flawed and troubled, just trying to get through the day. I also like Sage Singer in Picoult’s The Storyteller. She is conflicted and struggling with a physical handicap. I tried very hard to endow my character, Jennifer Long, with a great deal of humanity, as well as conflict, and hope I was successful
What keeps a plot engaging, and makes you want to stick with a book/series until the end? Tell us about your favourite books!
I always want to know how it ends, perhaps that is just human nature. It is rare that I start a book and don’t finish it. I love when a book unfolds, revealing its secret, little by little, that is what keeps me engaged. Some authors are masters at that, like Dennis Lehane, or Patricial Cornwell, Michael Connelly. I like mysteries and read a few series, like Kay Scarpetta, Harry Bosch and Jack REacher.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about reading?
Yes, reading keeps your mind active. Whether you read non-fiction or fiction, you learn something from every book. Whether it is about an event or a place, or just about humans, you are learning which is good for the brain.
Thanks so much for chatting today with us, Helen!
If you’d like to check out Helen’s book you can find it here.
If you enjoyed this, check out my last reader interview with Angel Chadwick.