Lisa Scott is a former TV news anchor who now enjoys making up stories for a living instead of sticking to the facts. She lives in upstate NY with her husband, two children, dog, cats, and koi fish. When not writing, she works as a voice actor on projects like audiobooks, apps, narrations, voice mail systems, commercials and more. As an anchor and reporter, she worked for TV stations in Bangor, ME, Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY. She loves chocolate, hates sushi, and spends much of her time gardening. (But truth be told, she can’t keep an indoor plant alive to save her life. You don’t want to know how many orchids have perished at her hands.) Lisa is the author of the “Flirts” series. See Lisa Scott at Amazon.
Oh, Favorite Books, Why Do I Love Thee So?
by Lisa Scott
I read a diverse selection of books: contemporary romance, historical romance, business books, self-help, children’s books, YA, paranormal. (I write in different genres, too. Romance and middle grade fiction. As they once said on The Simpsons, “Nuts and gum, together at last.”) But certainly, all these books have something in common.
So what do my favorite books contain—the ones I prattle on about to strangers, demanding a signed pledge that they will read it? The first thing that I remember about these books are the characters. My favorite books always feature people I care about. Characters who seem so real, I wonder what they’re up to when I’m not reading the book. That’s one must for a favorite book. Like Jamie and Claire in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. (That’s a book that deserves its own post at a later date.) Quirky, real characters, like Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s series.
Next, take me to a place or time I’ve never been, and I’m in. Memoirs of Geisha swept me away to a world and a culture I knew nothing about. The circus world of Water For Elephants was as intriguing as the characters. Teach me something I don’t know; show me something I haven’t seen. This isn’t a must, but it is a plus.
I also love books with callbacks. Jokes throughout the book that reference something mentioned at the beginning. Good comedians do this often, closing their show with a joke that touches on something they talked about earlier. In my Holiday Flirts! short story collection, there is a running gag through the five short stories about a santa costume. I’ve heard from many readers who loved that. And while I love funny books, I like emotional ones, too. I think the key is making me feel an emotion deeply, whatever it is.
I also drool over beautiful imagery in books. Jodi Picoult is a favorite. She has so many wonderful descriptions that just resonate; passages you read over and over again to enjoy their beauty one more time. Some of her sentences contain more truths than you’ll find in entire books.
And for better or worse, I like all threads to be tied up. When the Lost TV series ended I was miffed, because I felt there were so many plot points left dangling. No Country For Old Men? I was livid when it ended like that.
Basically, when I finish a book, I want to hold it against my chest and sigh. That’s when I know it was a good book. The ones you can’t stop thinking about long after the end. The ones you tell your friends about. The ones that change you.
Not much to ask for, huh? What about you? What things excite you about a good book?