Reader Interviews


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We've seen author interviews, but what about the readers? I love getting to know my readers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites but thought it would be extra fun to interview them.

Click on the name below to read the interview:

Angie Babchuk

Angie Babchuk is a twenty-nine-year-old reader from British Columbia. She loves all genres and prefers paperbacks, though she sometimes needs to buy hardcovers if the print is otherwise too small.  In some instances, an audiobook is even better. Angie has been an avid reader since she was a litle girl and often finds herself reading instead of sleeping.

Although she has way too many favorite foods, shows, and books to name any, she was able to tell me that her favorite color is purple.

Ivan Cintron

Ivan Cintron is a twenty-one-year-old from Puerto Rico who loves ebooks, especially young adult science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal fiction. In addition to reading four or five books a month, Ivan is a student who enjoys writing and playing video games. His favorite books are The Gatekeeper's Saga, and he also enjoys watching anime, listening to rock music, and eating pasta. His favorite movie of all time is The Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ivan posts reviews of the books he reads on his blog at Mythical Bat Reviews. Check it out!

Shannon Dean

Shannon Dean is a twenty-one-year-old from San Diego who has taken a break from college to figure out what she wants to do. Meanwhile, she keeps herself busy in the fictional worlds of her favorite young adult, science fiction, fantasy, and romance novels. Preferring paperbacks to other formats, Shannon can be found reading at all hours of the day and night when she's not playing with her blue merle miniature Australian shepherd named Reyna, who gets her name from the Percy Jackson books.

In addition to the Percy Jackson books, she loves Myths of Immortality by Raye Wager, The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow,  Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast, and last but not least The Gatekeeper's Bride.

When I asked her what kind of music she likes, she said, "I have a very eclectic musical taste it's been very influenced by my parents growing up and they both like different genres. I like rock and pop and just about everything, the only music I don't really like is rap and most country. Although I'm living with my Nana now and she loves country so she's been inadvertently getting me to like it more."

And when I asked her if there was anything else she wanted us to know, she said, "I am addicted to Dr Pepper, [and] I love singing when no one else can hear me (even though many people have said I have a nice voice)."


Shannon Dean

Cathy Gischlar

When asked how old she was, Cathy Gischlar said "sixty-one and a half." That right there tells you something about this funny receptionist from Chicago. She loves to make people laugh.

A lover of mystery/suspense and paranormal ebooks, Cathy reads every day, about two to three books a month. She also loves music, shellfish, Lucifer (the television show--not the fallen archangel), and her three grandkids. She says she's "very spiritual and pensive and love[s] to laugh and make others happy."

Tanaya Kollipara

Tanaya is a fifteen-year-old student from Mountain House, California. She's an avid reader of multiple genres, and her favorite books include The Selection Series, The Divergent Series, The Grey Wolves Series, The Red Queen Series, and The Ghost Bird Series. 

When she's not reading, Tanaya loves spending time with people and pets. She said, "Other than loving to spend time with my amazing and special family, I also enjoy hanging out with my best friends, Sumena and Paulla, as well as just finding an excuse to go to the mall with some of my other friends. I also have a pet, his name is Apollo, and he is a Morkie (yorkie-maltese mix). MY PUPPY IS SUCH A SWEETHEART. He is tiny, but always thinks he's the big dog. I love him, and my family and friends, like crazy!"

She also enjoys dance (Indian Classical Dance, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical) and is part of the dance team at her school. She writes poetry, volunteers at the library and hospital, and is an avid artist (she prefers drawing with pen and ink, graphite pencils, or charcoal).

Panida Lamb

An avid reader, book collector, and librarian assistant, Panida Lamb loves all kinds of books and enjoys her job at the library. She prefers hardcovers and young adult/teen fiction. Her favorite titles include Redeeming Love, Molly Moon Series, Narnia, Memoir of a Teenage Amnesic,  and Maximum Ride Series.

Although Panida can be found reading every day, any time of day, she also enjoys swimming, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Hank. She also likes Christian, pop, and country music, the show Switched at Birth, and the color pink.

Brittany Mooney

Brittany Mooney is a twenty-four-year-old preschool aide from Merced, California. She reads books of all genres--four or five per month--and prefers paperbacks. Her favorite books are The Gatekeepers Sons (by moi), Curse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

When she's not reading, she loves to watch anything related to the Bachelor Nation, solving puzzles, and coloring in adult coloring books. She also adores her beautiful five-year-old daughter named Nicolette, her two dogs named Lilly and Laylah, and her leopard lizard named Fishy.

Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite movie is Runaway Bride.

Cynthia O

Cynthia is a sixteen-year-old student from England who enjoys reading, writing, baking, and playing sports (especially netball and athletics). She reads everyday in multiple genres, and her favorite titles include The Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, The Summer Series by C.J. Duggan, The Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore, The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, and The Summoner Series by Taran Matharu.

Cynthia said that she thanks her father for getting her into reading and for buying all her books. She said, "I absolutely love reading! I love how it can transport me to see a different world that can be similar or different to ours--whether it is a castle with wannabe princesses or a hotel for youth spies or a camp for demigods. I think that books are the key and have the answers for most of life's questions, but they can also make you feel better if you're feeling sad or make you feel sad if that's what you want."

Lyndall Reed

Lyndall Reed is a twenty-four-year-old artist from Portland, Oregon. She creates art of all mediums and styles but prefers classic art. She also enjoys origami, researching random facts, and Pokemon Go.

Depending on what else is going on in her life, she loves to read paperbacks of all genres every day when she can. When asked about her top five favorite books, she named genres instead, because she has too many favorites: "How about genres 1. Historical fiction 2. Fantasy 3. Post apocalyptic/sci-fi 4. Ancient Mythology mixed with modern day society 5. College text books (I find them very entertaining)."

Although favorite food was another category that she couldn't narrow down, she was able to name her favorite colors, shows, and movie: "Sunshine yellow in the spring and summer and plum for the fall and winter. Bones, The Magicians, and Teen Wolf. And Beauty and the Beast."

When asked if there was anything else she wanted to add, Lyndall said, "That you are an awesome author and I love how interactively involved you are with your readers. There needs to be more authors like you in this world."

Well, aren't you sweet? Thank you, Lyndall.

Kimberly Scherer

After working for an airline for over twenty-five years--and as a medical assistant before that--Kimberly Scherer spends most of her time reading nowadays. She loves reading ebooks of all genres and finishes over five books a month. Her favorites include The Gatekeeper's Saga,  The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis,  The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, and  Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien.

In addition to reading, Kimberly enjoys history, travel, socializing with others, and enjoying life, like watching Supernatural with her two crazy cats--Donovan and Spencer--or spending time with her brother and his family.

When I asked if there was anything else she wanted us to know, she said, "Being disabled is difficult, but reading can transport me to another world where pain doesn't exist for a few hours, which is wonderful. I know your books, Eva, have given me many wonderful pain-free hours."

Thank you, Kimberly.

Lissa Skaggs

Lissa Skaggs is a thirty-year-old compliance manager from Crestwood, Kentucky.  She loves reading hardcovers in multiple genres in the evenings and on weekends--four or five books a month. She said, "My whole family loves to read and we have time set apart where we all curl up with our books on the couch together." Her favorite books are  The Selection, The Popularity Secret, The Gatekeepers Daughter, The Secret Circle, City of Glass, and Definitely Dead.

Along with reading, she loves crafting and watching movies and TV. Her favorite shows are Vampire Diaries and This is Us.

When I asked what else she wanted us to know, Lissa said, "I love the Gatekeepers Books!!!"

Thank you, Lissa.

Jackie Tansky

Jackie lives in Laval, Canada with her husband of forty-eight years. She's an avid reader of multiple genres, and her favorite books include Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Code Camelot, Shearwater, The Girl in the Box, and Not Just Voodoo.

When she's not reading, she enjoys spending time with her grownup children and grandchildren and sitting with her husband while he watches television. She also enjoys dancing and listening to music, especially Spanish songs by Enrique Iglesias.

Lex V

A fifteen-year-old living in my hometown of San Antonio, Lex V. is an avid reader of multiple genres. Her favorite books include The Mortal Instruments, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Splintered, Divergent, and Shatter Me. She prefers hardcovers when she can get them.

Even though she reads daily, she still finds time to watch TV, listen to music, and play with her cat, Kyo. Her favorite foods are chicken alfredo and salad, and her favorite color is the night sky.

Sue VanNort

Sue VanNort is a retired former healthcare worker from Michigan who reads two to three books a month in multiple genres. Her favorite books include Kristie Cook's Soul Savers Series, Karen Marie Moning's Highland Series, Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed Series, J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, and my Gatekeepers Saga.

When she's not spending time with her three daughters and six grandchildren, she enjoys crotcheting and watching movies. She's looking forward to the new live action Beauty and the Beast  motion picture coming out soon.

She also enjoys listening to the soundtrack of Suicide Squad, watching Shadowhunters and Match Game, and blogging, where she promotes authors.  The names of her blogs are Musings of a Reader and Independent Authors. Check them out!

Susan VanNort

Debra Wagner

Debra Wagner is a thirty-one-year-old reader originally from Des Moines and currently living in Houston. She's an avid ebook reader of all genres, and her favorites include The Heart of a Falcon, The Vampire Lestat, Flowers in the Attic, The Gatekeeper's Saga, and The Enigma Series.

Debra is a fun, outgoing person who, in addition to reading, loves to sew and play thinking games. Her favorite TV shows are Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, and her favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.

When I asked her who her darlings were, she said, "My Mother Kim Young, my siblings Kim, Felicia, Jamie, Marcus, Chauncey Jr., Barbara, Mickey, Rebecca, Devon, and Christifer. My besties are Renee Owens and LaQuisha Hill."

Cherie' Watdlaw

Cherie' is from Marylnad, has eleven siblings, has a degree in Automotive Technology, and is Toyota certified. She loves to make clothes and crafts. She has three grown children and three grandgirls. People often mistake her for her best friend since high school, and vice versa, which provides them with many laughs.

Now a retired automotive technician, Cherie' has more time for reading. She loves reading ebooks of many genres, nearly every day. Her favorite titles include While of Agora Series, Heartblaze, Blood Courtesans, The Atomic Sea, The Sorcerers Ring, and Possessed by the Earl.

Brooke Ariel Wilkinson

Brooke Ariel Wilkinson is a twenty-two-year-old from San Antonio on her way to becoming an English teacher and published author. Her motto is: "Reading is life!" And she lives her motto by reading more than five books a month of multiple genres. Her favorites include Harry Potter, Thirst, The Gatekeeper's Saga, Vampire Academy, and Maximum Ride.

When she's not reading, Brooke enjoys writing, watching tv, watching movies, crafting, horseback riding, gardening, and spending time with her boyfriend (soon-to-be fiance!). Her favorite show is The Big Bang Theory, and her favorite movie is Jurassic Park.