First up is the 18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance It's a great chance for those of us who read adult books to find others like them. Thanks to Laurie for hosting this! If you haven't joined in yet, stop over there and add your name!
This week's question: Did you set yourself a reading goal?
I don't set myself a reading goal only because as a writer, I often don't have as much time as I'd like to read. I used to read so much more (hangs head in shame), but now I have to fit in books where time allows between writing, editing, and promoting. I'm hoping once my three novellas and two books are all finally released (all scheduled for before November) that I'll be able to get back to reading like a fiend again.
Next up is Elizabeth Sharp's Follow Friday for Writers. Thanks Elizabeth! This one's for anyone who writes, including anyone who writes a blog. This week's question: If you could spend a day with an any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Since I'm an author who writes erotic romance, I assume most people would guess that I would mention a writer who excels in my genre. As much as I think meeting Robin Schone, Tina Folsom, or Charlotte Featherstone would be incredibly interesting, my answer is a bit more old school. If I could spend a day with any author, it would be William Shakespeare.
No one before or after Shakespeare has captured the spectrum of human emotions like he did. Pick any of his plays or sonnets and watch the emotional fireworks explode. From the jealously of Iago and the betrayal of Othello to the tortured soul of Hamlet, the playfulness of Beatrice and Benedick, and the foolishness of youth in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare mined the depths of the human spirit. There's a reason his works are still as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago. They touch on feelings each and every person can relate to intimately. You don't have to love romance to enjoy watching his lovers come together. You don't have to enjoy war to feel the power of the characters in his histories. You don't have to be a sadsack to feel the loss in his tragedies. I don't think one day would be enough to get in all the questions I would have to ask, but I'd take that one day and use it well.