Deirdra:What are your favorite kind of books to read and why?
Mary: I prefer LDS Fiction because I never have to worry about language and content.
My favorite genres are mystery/suspence with a smattering of romance & historical fiction.
Deirdra:How many books on average would you say you read a year?
Mary: I have no idea, a lot maybe 25 or 30 in an average year. This year I have been borrowing audio books from my Dad and listening to them while I drive, so my total books are way up, I usually have 1 of each going at all times.
Deirdra:What is the most disappointing thing authors do?
Mary: For the National Market authors I listen to, I am disappointed that they feel the need to use bad language to tell their stories. Most could be told without profanity. Leaving it out wouldn't hurt the story any.
For LDS Authors I am always disappointed when the story wraps up into a nice neat little happily ever after package, where the couple, who were miles apart in the middle of the book, get married and everyone is baptized and live happily ever after As nice as that is, it is unrealistic, I don't read more than one or 2 books by an author, if they tend to go in that direction.
Deirdra:Who are your top five favorite authors?
Mary: I'm not sure I can narrow it down to just 5. I would have to say, in no particular order, Betsy Brannan Green, Traci Hunter Abramson, Josi Kilpack, Tristi Pinkston and Michele Ashman Bell. They are a few of the authors whose new books I buy as soon as they come out and usually move them to the top of the too be read pile.
Deirdra:How do you feel about e-books?
Mary: I think E-books are quickly gaining a place in the world. I still don't have a lot of warm fuzzy feelings towards them. I have Nook software loaded onto my computer, but I like to be able to read whenever I find a spare minute and not just when I am near my computer.
Deirdra:If you could give a message to authors what would it be?
Mary: Keep up the good work. LDS Fiction has come along way since I first started reading it in the late 60s. When you are planning book signing tours, keep Phoenix in mind.
Deirdra:Have you ever thought about writing a book?
Mary:I've thought about it, I think everyone toys with the idea of writing a book at sometime. I don't actually have the desire to write a book. My natural shyness would make it hard to share anything I might write. I think my talents lie in other areas.
Deirdra:Where is your favorite place to read?
Mary:I read at my desk at work a lot, but my favorite place to read is curled up on the couch, wrapped up in a quilt. OK that part only happens for a few months down here, but the couch is still a good place to enjoy a book.
Deirdra:Do you have a favorite reading snack?
Mary: I really don't snack when I read. If I did I guess I would probobly snack on something chocolate.
Deirdra:What books have made you cry?
Mary: I should start out by saying, I cry easily.
The last book that made me cry was The Roadshow by Braden Bell. The end was very touching.
If I am reading a book and a family member dies unexpectedly (especially the Mother) I also cry. That always hits close to home.
Deirdra:What books have made you laugh?
Mary: Generally, the kinds of books I read don't have a lot of humor in them. I think one of the last books I read that made me laugh was Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston. The pictures it brought to my mind were too funny.
Deirdra:What kind of books are you looking to read next? What is on your reading list?
Mary: I'm not sure what I'll choose to read next. My pile of too be read books is up to my hip right now. Some of the books on my reading list are Key Lime Pie by Josie Kilpack, Murder byDesign by Betsy Brannon Green, Traitor by Sandra Grey, Cross My Heart by Julie Wright and a number of books by HB Moore. There are lots of others on the pile and everytime I go to Deseret Book the pile gets taller.
Deirdra: Is there any other message you would like to give the literary community?
Mary: I asked Leanne this question and her response was "Write interesting books." I would like to second that.