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Q&A with Susie Rodarme



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Q: Ok, so the obvious question: how do you feel about e-books? Opportunity to carry all your books in one bag, or nemesis to the subtle pleasures of reading?
A: "I was a hard sell on ebooks. I didn’t want anything to do with them, FOREVER—until I started book blogging. I reasoned to myself that it would be easier to obtain galleys and review copies if I could accept an electronic file, which I figured would cut into the publishers’ resources less. So, I bought a Kindle—and oh my stars, do I love this thing. It’s easier to get comfortable while reading because I don’t have to turn the pages. Also, my cats can’t sit on it like they try to do to my books. I have a model that doesn’t have a backlit screen, so it’s easy on the eyes.
That having been said, I do still love paper books. I love bookstores. You can’t appreciate good cover art with an e-reader, either. So, I still read both."

Q: What’s your process when you pick out a book?
A:"I use a multi-pronged approach to picking out books. Cover art and titles grab me, but the synopsis has to back it up. I do read anything that certain authors put out—David Sedaris, Christopher Moore, Diana Gabaldon (well, the Outlander series, anyway), any of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Also, price tends to be a factor these days. I’ve gotten spoiled by my Kindle, but I won’t pay $10 - $15 for an e-book, and my bookshelves are already groaning from being overstuffed."
Q: Sexiest male/female protagonist?
A: "Male—Roland from The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. If I had to pick a fictional boyfriend, it would be him. Female—Della from Zazen by Vanessa Veselka. I found her captivating."
Q: Most despicable character in literature?

A: "I actually wrote a post on this topic—five characters I’d like to punch in the face. If I had to choose one? Hrm. I’m going to go with Humbert Humbert from Lolita. Even if Lola had been a grown woman, he still would have been a huge jerk."
Q: Biggest book-related pet peeve?
A: "Biggest? Oh dear. I write a whole series on this; I call it "Reading Rage". If I’m forced to choose one, I guess it would have to be . . . . the surprise-twist ending that doesn’t make sense to the rest of the book. You know the one—where authors do it just to be edgy. That one angers me the most because it requires me to read the whole book before getting to the obnoxious part. Honorable mentions: authors who overuse the thesaurus, overly-clever writing, and being the target of bad book-related marketing."
Q: Favorite literary quote?
A: "Gah. SO MANY. Let’s see—how about something from Pirsig? “We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.”:
Q: Favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
A: "It’s a toss-up between Fight Club and High Fidelity. Also really love The Remains of the Day."
Q: Favorite beginning and/or sentence?
A: "'The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.'  (So, OK, that’s a little fangirlish. It’s the only thing I’m really a fangirl about, though. Well, that and Gordon Ramsay.)"
Q: We’re a Canadian site, so here it is: any favorite Canadian authors? And if so, why?
A: "I must confess that I’m woefully under-educated in Canadian literature. Not by choice, but when you’re largely making a go of it on your own, it’s hard to get around to every country with any kind of depth or understanding. Margaret Atwood is a favorite: I love her strong characters, I love that she writes speculative fiction, and I just adore her, really. I talk to her on Twitter from time to time; she will sneak up on me out of nowhere with a joke that just kills me."


Anne Cohen
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