Why should authors get all the glory? If it wasn’t for readers, most authors wouldn’t be writing. Today kicks off a new feature called Reader’s Parlor in which I interview readers. My first guest is “super reader” Kathy Heare Watts, who reads 700 books a year. She writes reviews under the handle Redrabbitt, and was recently named an Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer!
Please welcome Kathy Heare (pronounced “hare” like the rabbit) Watts.
Cara: What do you like to read?
Kathy: I am rather eclectic in my reading, about the only thing I won’t read is horror and true crime. I can go from reading a sweet clean romance to the next book being explicit erotica. Some days, I want to get into a long drawn out story that will take me all day, and other days, I am in the mood for maybe tackling a couple of novellas. It is all contingent on what is coming due with ARC books.
No matter what, there isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t read. If I have company, traveling, or appointments, I may only get a few chapters in and other days, I will read and review a couple of books. I write a review for every single book I read and leave reviews at Amazon, BN, Goodreads, which links to my Facebook page, plus I note it on Pinterest and send out a tweet and tag the author. I joke, my business hours are from about 10:30ish am to about 3:30 am. I am a night owl, and I read until I go to bed.
Cara: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?
Kathy: Reading has been a lifesaver for me. I am one of those people that suffers depression in the winter, better known as SAD. For some reason, since I started reading every single day, I am not affected.
My mother taught in private school and would tell her students that “readers are leaders.” I have always loved reading and can get lost inside a book.
I love getting into a story, the mystery, the characters, the interaction, and even a sci-fi or fantasy can take me away with the images author details in a story. I find reading a great way to continue learning as an adult. I watch no television at all. I read an average of six or more hours per day, averaging two books per day. From the time I get up until I go to bed, I have the computer on, checking email, Facebook, and reading. I prefer to write a review as soon as I finish a book.
Cara: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?
Kathy: I want a story, even a fantasy or sci-fi, to have a sense of believability and consistency. That also goes for an erotic story, and trust me; I had read stories that I had a headache afterward from rolling my eyes and saying, “Nope, not happening!”
Believe it or not, I catch what some people might consider silly things. If you tell me the person is in the Marines and then later you have them in the Army, I notice. I want consistency in the characters. I’ve even caught changes in names or spelling of the characters within the story. I guess if I care enough to buy the book, read it and review it, I want the author to care enough to keep things straight too. One author told me I needed to re-read her book when I complained about the doctor in the story because she had them as a Pediatrician and other times as an Obstetrician. They are different fields.
Cara: What’s on your TBR list right now?
Kathy: That list honestly changes from day to day. I read ARC for a large group of authors and a couple of publishers. I keep not one, but two calendars, several lists, and I often check to see what is coming up, what I need to get read, and who is next in line, based on release dates As a list-maker, I find great satisfaction in marking items off as complete. I have my 2018 calendar already with books for January and February marked. I know there is another anthology in January around the 2nd week.
Hunted By The Cyborg by Cara Bristol for January 9th
Mountain Rose by Cheryl St. John by January 15th
2 for Caryl McAddo January 15th & 23rd
2 for Lauren Marie in January whenever I can work them in
Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do?
Kathy: My husband and I love to go antiquing, we have even taken trips with this as our main intent. When we travel, we spend many hours in antique stores. Just this past summer, we took a trip to Missouri to see our son and his family, and we bought a large tote to put the various items we found in it. I love that I don’t have to work and enjoy cooking and baking. I also find such joy being around my grandchildren; they help keep me young.
Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Kathy: Oh my, I guess I would love to be there in the barn with Avery listening to Charlotte and Wilber, along with the other animals conversing.
I’m sure I read the story more than eight times as a child, then introduced it to my children, and now my grandchildren. I have more than one version of Charlotte’s Web as a movie too. The live version is my favorite.
Ebook, print or audiobook: Ebooks
Your favorite place to read: In front of the computer
Number of books you read in a year: Over 700, all with a review
A favorite childhood book: Charlotte’s Web
Favorite beverage while reading: Water
Kathy Heare Watts
I am 59 years young and have been married for 41 years to the love of my life, Steve. We are blessed with 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Our two daughters are here in TN, and our son is military and in Missouri. I was an Army brat, so I lived many places including MD, WV, AZ, NC, CO, Germany twice, and TN. We live in Sevierville, TN which is at the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Besides reading, I enjoy cooking, antique shopping and spending time with family. I have two feral female cats (both spayed) that I can pet now. I laughed never thinking about their names until I was calling them one morning, Smoky and Bandit.