For our April Book of the Month, author Lisa Schroeder was kind enough to answer an assortment of interview questions for us. We’ve been sharing her responses throughout the entire month, and today we’ve got Part 3 of our interview (See Part 1 & Part 2):
At Novel Novice, one of our main goals is encouraging teens to read. What would you say to reluctant teen readers to convince them to pick up a book (any book)? Why do you think reading is so important?
I think sometimes teens are turned off to reading because they are forced to read things in school or even by their parents that don’t interest them at all. There is SO much on the shelves these days to choose from. Ask friends for recommendations, or browse around a site like this one or goodreads.com and see what books people are talking about. Figure out what kind of book you like. Do you like romance, do you like mystery and suspense, do you like action-packed? I really do believe there is something for everyone out there right now, it’s just a matter of finding it!
As for reasons to read – it expands our horizons. It allows us to see things in different ways. It enriches our vocabulary and makes us smarter. And really is SO fun when you find a book you love!
What books would you recommend to fans hankering for more after reading your YA novels?
I always recommend Sonya Sones’ books. Depending on the age of the person asking, I might also recommend Ellen Hopkins, since hers are for older teens, and I have tweens reading my books too. If they want a ghost story, SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell or GIVE UP THE GHOST by Megan Crewe. If they want a sweet romance, PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles or one of Elizabeth Scott’s novels. I also think the WAKE trilogy is a good one for more reluctant readers.
What are your favorite types of books to read?
I really love so many different kinds of books. From historical fiction like A NORTHERN LIGHT or TEN CENTS A DANCE to contemporary like LOOKING FOR ALASKA or FLASH BURNOUT to urban fantasy like WICKED LOVELY or dystopian fiction like THE HUNGER GAMES. Something that pulls me in and introduces me to a character or characters I want to get to know more about.