Bite Somebody Else with Sara Dobie Bauer

Today Sara Dobie Bauer, author of Bite Somebody and the new Bite Somebody Else, has joined me to answer a few very important questions.

Okay, they’re not end-of-the-world important.

Even “important” is probably pushing it. But Sara has lots of vampire friends and I have a dragon, so you’d better be nice to us.

Reader caution: This interview is PG, but Sara’s books are not. You have been warned.

I don’t usually do author interviews, but Sara is funny. I know she writes about vampires, not dragons, but nobody’s perfect.

Now for those very important questions.

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15 lessons a fantasy author learned from reading horror

This is not a review of “The Rats” by James Herbert and it contains a lot of spoilers. But if you’re ever in a horror novel these lessons might save your life.

At the behest of my friend and critique partner, Anna Kaling, who is also a talented romance author, I recently read “The Rats” by James Herbert.

It was partly my fault. I did agree to read a book from her favourite genre, horror, and in exchange she read a fantasy novel I chose. Check out how that turned out.

Don’t ask me why a romance author prefers to read horror, but I’ve read some of Anna’s books, and you can barely tell that the author gets her jollies from reading about people being eaten alive by giant rats.

Yes, this post is going to be one huge spoiler for “The Rats”, but it’s really old so if you haven’t read it yet you were probably never going to.

Also, saying that people get eaten alive by giant rats in a horror book called “The Rats” can hardly be classed as a spoiler. Come on.

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Is reading poorly edited fiction bad for your health?

Reading poor writing desensitises you to it, and if you’re not careful soon we’ll all be drowning in custard.

This might be a short post because I’m trying to review five books and a camel today. Okay, it’s not that bad, but I have a few things I need to do before I can sit down and edit my work in progress.

If you pay any attention to the self-publishing world, you’ll have heard the frequent cries of outrage about how badly edited some self-published fiction is. I’m not going to argue that point. I’m going to assert some self-published fiction is terribly edited and some is not, and if you don’t agree with me you can go play on the see-saw on your own because I’m not going to play with you.

Glad we got that out of the way.

Now that we’ve established some self-published fiction is poorly edited, here’s my claim:

Reading it is bad for your health.

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A depressing book and a jelly bean book

Just when I believed all books were out to depress me, along came a beautiful jelly bean book that restored my faith in the ridiculous.

I’ve been perpetually overwhelmed recently, which I expect relates to my inability to say no to pretty much anything. Except seafood. I’m quite happy to say no to seafood.

This has had several consequences. First, my brain has decided 4am is the appropriate time to wake up on the weekend. I’ve spoken sternly to it, but it insists. Hence I get to read for an hour or two in bed before I get up on Saturdays. I also get to spend the whole day exhausted.

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How to make housework fun with Audible: part 1

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Living here, I have better things to do than housework.

Thanks so much to everyone who said how much they liked my last post, How I believe I spend my day vs how I actually spend my day. If you’d like to write your own blog post documenting your self deception I would love to read it, and if you point me to it I’ll add a link in my post.

I mentioned recently that I was considering giving audiobooks a try. Actually I said I was going to try them this month, so I’d better get on with it, despite my reservations about awful American accents.

How to listen

Audiobooks aren’t going to do me a lot of good if I can’t listen to them, so my first step is to figure out how to do that.

I read ebooks on a really old kindle, so that’s the place to start. I examine my kindle and don’t find anywhere earphones can plug in. Not surprising, considering it was probably manufactured before mankind discovered sound.

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