Karen Syed's Blog (5)

Back to Nature: A THRILLING trip to the library

Yup, I hit the library every day. I check out audios and DVD's. Normally a very uneventful trip, to be sure, but Friday was a whole nother kettle of fish. Well, not really fish. One never thinks that the library is a place closely associated with the creatures of nature, but let me tell you a story.

I'm in the back of the library (DVD section) and all is peaceful--as it should be in the library. All of a sudden, I hear this incredible pounding at the front of the library.…

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Added by Karen Syed on April 15, 2007 at 1:45am — 3 Comments

Stalking Alifair Burke

Hear ye, hear ye. Please accept this as formal notification that I am Alifair Burke's official stalker. I do solemly swear to drop her name shamelessly at every opportunity (she can tell you that I once offered her my left arm--one of my more humiliating moments at Bouchercon in Chicago when I first met her at her signing--anyway), I will tirelessly follow her around the Internet and tell people that we are bosom buddies, that she adores me, and that she is every bit the talented writer that…

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Added by Karen Syed on April 13, 2007 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Book signing, author events, or book parties?

As long as I have been reading, I love going to author events and books signings. I used to own a bookstore and that was one of my favorite things to do...I've hosted events by tons of authors including Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Denise Swanson. I just love chatting with the authors and getting to know them and I love getting books signed. I have autographed copies from James Lee Burke, Alifair Burke, Joe Konrath, Robert Goldsborough, Jill Barnett, Tasha Alexander, Julia Buckley, David…

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Added by Karen Syed on April 10, 2007 at 12:37am — No Comments

Winning over readers?

I have been reading for longer than I can remember. I will read anything...books, papers, shampoo bottles...do you know how much information is actually on the plastic around new toilet paper? Oy!

At any rate, there was a time when I would just pick something up and read. I think we've all been there. I know a few people who still are. They will literally read whatever they pick up first. I have become much more selective. Perhaps it is maturity...hmmm...naaah! I think it is…

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Added by Karen Syed on March 30, 2007 at 10:45pm — 5 Comments

Favorite Author and Why

When I came up with that subject, I thought it would be easy. Now I fear I have to actually pick one. But I can't so I will pick two.

I'd say my favorite would be James Lee Burke. When I read my first Burke book, I was blown away. The man is a genius with words. He is one of very few authors that writes in first person who I enjoy, I don't think most authors get the full point of first person...it's about being in one person's head! Burke is a master, I can't think of any…

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Added by Karen Syed on March 30, 2007 at 2:12am — 2 Comments

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