Happy Wednesday! It’s time for another author spotlight. Who’s excited?!
Today I’m happy to introduce you to Joy N. Hensley! Joy writes young adult contemporary and I fell in LOVE with her debut novel, Rites of Passage. You know those fantastic books with great, strong characters that you just can’t put down once you start? Rites of Passage was just that. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next – of course, I’m totally greedy and would love to see a follow up to RoP, but you know. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to having a chance to meet her sometime! I have a copy of RoP just waiting for her signature. If you read young adult, you should definitely check this one out!
Joy’s joined us today with a great guest post about when she first fell in love with reading. It definitely made me nostalgic, thinking back to when I first fell in love with reading… and the books that have reinforced that love over the years.
When I Fell in Love with Reading
by Joy N. Hensley
My husband thinks I have the weirdest memory ever. I can remember word for word things that happened in books, but events in real life? Not a chance. I can’t remember how he proposed. The only reason I know what happened in our wedding is because I kept a program and our benediction is framed on our wall.
But, books! I remember in middle school being whisked away into the magical land of Valdemar in Arrows of the Queen like other horse-loving tweens. During one snowy winter, I read nine of their books instead of studying. Yes, I got in trouble. No, I didn’t care. And I still don’t.
It was in high school though, when my love of reading and my dream of being a writer merged into an “ohmigosh I can do this for a living” type of dream. I’d outgrown all the “kids” books and there wasn’t really a young adult section that I remember. The bookseller at the indie bookstore I frequented finally got sick of my whining and put two books in my hands. I’m sure she thought I’d never finish Outlander or Game of Thrones but I was back the next week (and nearly 2,000 pages later) looking for sequels and other books like those.
The moment I discovered those two books is like a lightning bold moment in my mind. I remember their covers, the weighty tomes I held in my hands, and I knew that I couldn’t stop reading. Outlander, and a certain red-headed, kilt-wearing Scotsman in particular, hold a special place in my heart. I’ve read that book every year since I was 16 (that’s twenty times, if we’re counting). I’ve bought countless copies to share with friends. And in April? I MET DIANA GABALDON! I cried. I forgot the name of the book, the name of the characters, and babbled about who-knows-what. I even have some cringe-worthy pictures.
But unlike other people who love actors, athletes, and singers, authors are my rock stars. They have been since I was in middle school, lost in fantasy books, and they are now when I’m tearing through the pages of contemporaries that I love.
So for all you readers out there, read on. For all you authors out there (published, fanfiction-ers, or those of you just starting out), ROCK on!
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Until next week… happy reading!