I am so proud of my sister—the published author Joanne Kerzmann-Troppello. I am a true romantic at heart. I love happy endings! I dream of eventually becoming a published author when I finally sit down and finish one of my deserted manuscripts. For now, I’m content being a reader!
I can't wait until the day we can write a book together. That's going to be fun.
You can connect with my sister on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/lori.kerzmann
So, let's get started with this interview. On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the highest) how much of an avid reader are you?
Probably an 6-7, since I don’t have a lot of time to read right now, but I LOVE reading! And I can’t wait to get back into it more often.
What kind of books do you like to read?
Romance, especially historical romance, mysteries, classics, fiction.
My favs are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, but I do love a good historical romance every now and then. So why do you like to read?
It’s an escape from the real world drama of our lives. Sometimes the book is more of a calm escape for me, a stress-reliever from my crazy, hectic life. Other times, the book is full of adventure, epic love, and intensive drama, and this is a mental escape of a different kind, like living vicariously through the characters.
Love that answer. Totally agree. Do you prefer eBooks or print books?
Print books are classic, so they still have a special place in my heart, but eBooks are more convenient. I’m not partial. I also like to listen to books on CD during my long commute to and from work.
Do you have an ereader? Which one and why do you like it?
Not yet, maybe one of these years! I would like an iPad because I like that I can use it for other functions as well.
An iPad sounds nice. Maybe one of these days I'll get one too. For now, I love my Kindle, though.
My sister Joanne Kerzmann-Troppello, of course!!! And Diana Galbadon comes in second. I also like Agatha Christie.
Thanks, Sis. You are one of my biggest fans. I agree and have you to thank for introducing me to Diana Galbadon's books. Love them, too. Do you have a favorite author of classic literature?
Jane Austen and Shakespeare
Big fan of Austen's works, too. Once you read a book, do you read it over again?
Eventually, yes. Not right away. I like when you can pick up a book after 10 years and re-read it. You are a changed person because of what you have gone through personally during those 10 years, so I feel that you see and absorb different things from the book that next time around.
I don't usually re-read the contemporary books I've read...usually only read the classics again. Which do you prefer in a book: dialogue or prose or do you like a good combination of both?
I like both, but when I write, I prefer to write dialogue. As a reader though, I enjoy a good combination of both, a good balance.
I agree, a good balance is nice. As a child, did you have a favorite book?
The Digging-est Dog, The Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard, The Nancy Drew series, The Hawk and the Jewel by Lori Wick, The Secret of the Rose series and The Russians series by Michael Phillips & Judith Pella, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I remember all of those, especially how much you loved the Mandie series. What is your most favorite book and if you had to pick actors to play the parts of the characters, which actors would you pick?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. For Claire, I’d pick Claire Forlani. For Jamie, I’d pick Gerard Butler. That would definitely become my favorite movie! What an epic love story!!
That would definitely be a great movie and good choice of actors.
Oh yeah! My sister and I get our love of reading from our mom, Paula.
Yes, we have mom to thank for cultivating a love of reading in our lives. Of all the classics you’ve ever read which book is your favorite?
Pride and Prejudice
On the top of my list, too. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to ask an author?
How do you find time to finish your books?
Write each day, even if it's only a little bit. Have you ever gone to a book signing before?
No, but I’m looking forward to planning and going to many of my sister’s book signings/book release parties!!!
Thanks, Sis. Do you think characters’ names are important?
Yes, I am a firm believer that names somewhat mold who you are. In the Bible, this was very significant. It’s not so much anymore, but I still think the names are important. What if the vampire in Twilight was called Ed or Eddie? It just doesn’t conjure up the same romantic ideas and emotions as Edward.
Very true. What about characters’ physical descriptions? Do you like specifics or would you rather leave most of it up to your imagination?
I am a very visual person. I like to imagine and picture things, so I definitely like when authors give descriptions of the character. I feel that they become more alive when I can picture them then them just being non-descript. What throws readers off is when the book is turned into a movie or TV series, and they choose someone who is completely NOT what you pictured all along!
That’s an easy one…happy endings! I will read the occasional book that doesn’t end so happy, but it leaves me so sad, like I wish I could change things. I prefer happy endings in both books AND in real life!!
Me too. I don't like sad endings. Have you ever thought about writing a book?
Oh yes!! I’ve started about 5 on paper, and about another 8 in my head!! I just need to find the time to see 1 of them through to completion. But I absolutely want to write books. I love writing and creating characters and their stories, and I would love to share that with others.
Well, I will be your biggest fan. What book do you think should absolutely be made into a movie?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (see casting above), and Mr. Shipley’s Governess by my sister, Joanne Kerzmann-Tropppello. Also, The Hawk and The Jewel by Lori Wick—I would cast Jeremy Northam as Brandon and Blake Lively as Sunny (with her red hair).
Jeremy Northam is who I would like to play the part of Mr. Shipley. Have you seen any movies based on books and thought the book was better?
I do like to see books come to life in movies or on TV, but one book that I thought was way better than the movie was The Other Boleyn Girl. I think that was just because the book was so long, so they had to leave a lot out. That may have been better as a mini-series or TV series instead of a two hour movie.
I saw the movie, but didn't read that book. I've heard the same thing from a few other people. Name your all-time favorite romantic hero and his heroine?
Easy one—James (Jamie) Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser and the love of his life—Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser (from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon). Also, Brandon and Sunny from The Hawk and The Jewel by Lori Wick.
Thank you, Sis, for stopping by today to be interviewed. Had fun chatting and I look forward to the day when I'll be interviewing you after your book comes out!
Any readers out there want to be interviewed...let me know. Have a great weekend!