ABOUT VICKI HINZE: I was raised in New Orleans. After I married a Hurricane Hunter/Special Ops officer, we and our children moved every few years. Some of those places? Mississippi, California, Illinois and Florida. We spent a year in Texas (home to my husband), then settled down in Florida.
I've been writing full-time since 1987, have written over thirty books--novels and nonfiction books and articles--and for the last decade or so, I've spent a lot of time teaching new writers or running mentoring programs like WritersZone@yahoogroups.com, where I answer questions on the craft, business and writing life, sharing what I can. I also have a free online writers' library, ON WRITING, on my website:(www.vickihinze.com). Additional podcasts and feature articles are available there, too. I'm a sponsor of The Book Club Network, International Thriller Writers, and American Christian Fiction Writers.
Between family and writing commitments, I don't have as much time for hobbies as I once did. During baseball season, I'm hopping field to field to games. My favorite other activity? Home-improvement projects. I'm active in ITW, MWA, RWA, ACFW, NINC, ACRA, AG, AWSA and other writing organizations.
Della Jackson's living room is empty, except for a rocking chair. Her house, all but unlived in. If you'd endured what she had, how would you cope? Would you feel, or have you ever felt that you deserved nothing? How did you cope with the event that made you feel that way?
Question Two: Do you buy print books or eBooks more often? Why?
Question Three:Who first introduced you to reading? When?
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Just in the past year, I've come to prefer ebooks on my Kindle. Space saver and I can read by the attached book light without disturbing my husband. :) That's especially true of fiction. However, if it's a spiritual growth book or a "how to" writing book, I tend to like the real thing so I can highlight what I'm reading / learning.
I LOVE your book cover by the way. It makes you wonder what's going on. :-)
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My parents were avid readers! It was a main activity in our home. I learned to read at school but read for pleasure, adventure, and knowledge from then on. My parents would read several books at a time and I find I do the same thing. Love, love, love to read! I use a Nook, but borrow books from the library or buy them, too.
#3 I can't remember a time when I didn't read. As a grade-schooler we lived in a small town where I could walk to the library in the summer. The town and library were so small that the library was only opened 3 afternoons a week. I would go on Monday afternoon and check out the maximum number of books that was allowed. Then I would return them on Friday afternoon and check out another batch. It was a wonderful way to spend the summer days. My maternal grandmother is the one who instilled a love of reading in me. Though her formal education only went to the eighth grade she was very well read. She completed very textbook that her children brought home from school. When I would visit she and I would spend hours talking about books and other subjects. She was amazing.
I buy print books because I don't have an ereader.
I love my ereader! It can hold so many books and keeps me turning pages forever. Never thought I would give up the feel of a book, but I have fallen in love with it. Seems I can read faster ;) I still have my library of books that I go back to as I like to re-read my favourites.
I buy both ebooks and paperback. I enjoy both but I like holding paperback in my hands and turning the pages sometimes.
To your last question I can't tell you how young I was when I started reading but I was real little and I can't ever remember not reading. I remember when we always had 2 or 3 cars in the yard and everyday I use to read so I would grab a book and find a key unlock the door and get in the car where it was quiet and hide to be alone to read. To this day I miss not being able to do that but I just go to the bedroom and read so no one will bother me.
Thank you for the drawing I hope I win a copy it sounds really interesting. Good Luck everyone.
#3 My love for reading is a gift from my mother. She sacrificed to buy me books when I was a child. The monthly Scholastic book clubs at school and grocery store offerings kept me feeding my desire to read. Her patience and love allowed me to read Green Eggs and Ham aloud to the poor woman dozens of times right after I mastered reading sentences. :0)
Q2 - I love print books, there is nothing like curling up (preferably with one of my cats on my lap) and folding back the covers of a book.
Q3 - I was first introduced to reading as a small child. I come from a family of teachers and my My Mom was studying to become an English teacher but was never able to finish college so reading is something that has always fun through our family. I fondly recall her taking me to libraries and teaching me how to look up information and how to check out books.
I generally buy print books. There is just something so satisfying about holding a book in your hands while reading it. I do have a Kindle app for my laptop, but so far the only books I've downloaded to it have been free.
2. I don't read ebooks. I only read print. I don't have an ereader and don't feel I need one. I like to feel the book in my hand and be able to turn the pages. Plus I pass all my books onto others.
My parents introduced me to reading. I remember them teaching me to sound out letter sounds using the famous DIck and Jane books. My passion for reading grew as I got older. I was an avid reader as a child, teen and now an adult. I have encouraged that passion in my own children (who are also avid readers!!) So, thank you mom and dad (and Dick and Jane, too)