Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.
Terry Tyler lives in the north east of England.
She posts book reviews here;
You can also find Terry on Twitter;
Terry enjoys the following genres;
Historical fiction: particularly Tudor & Plantagenet eras, WW1 & 2, anything to do with prisoners of war, or the Black Death, global/national disasters/wars generally, and 17th century. Mostly English but will read others, I love 1920s/30s America. The only histfic I am not keen on is historical romance of the bodice ripper variety.
Edgy contemporary fiction/family drama but nothing too ‘girly’.
Crime thrillers to do with gangs/gangsters/drug dealing underworld, and murders.
Travel memoirs but not the wacky domestic type about children and dogs in campervans.
Post apocalyptic thrillers/sci-fi/dystopian – I am okay with zombies but not vampires, werewolves or other monsters. I have a particular fondness for pandemics that cause the collapse of civilisation (I will be seeking therapy about this…).
Book Formats Terry prefers for the review team;
Mobi is best, but Amazon gift okay too. No PDFs or paperbacks.
Hobbies, interests, and any pets?
I’m not a pets person, I’m afraid, and I don’t have much time for hobbies because I’m writing most of the time, and catching up on blogging/reading/reviewing when I’m not – I suppose that’s my hobby/interest! For relaxation I binge-watch series on Netflix etc (crime, conspiracy thrllers, gangsters and history are my favourites – think Breaking Bad, The Following, Narcos, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, Vikings), and I can get obsessed with the occasional video game! I also like to go walking anywhere peaceful with lots of trees, and visiting places of historical interest.
I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”
Chick lit/light romance, enough to realise that it isn’t for me. I’ve read some more serious domestic type dramas that I’ve liked a lot, though, which I might not have chosen if it wasn’t for the review team. I thought I hated crime and sci-fi, too, but have discovered I quite like both; it depends so much on the book itself, of course.
“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”
Financial thrillers; I read an excellent one earlier this year (Concealment by Rose Edmunds). I know zero about financial stuff and care even less, but this one included a good conspiracy and psychological weirdness.
“What do you look for in a book?”
A genuine talent for the written word, first and foremost. I’m a great believer in ‘you can either write good sentences or you can’t’ (quote Zadie Smith).
Characters are all important to me – if the characters aren’t ‘alive’ I don’t care about them, which makes me not care about the plot, either. I love books told from multiple points of view, but only when each character is clearly identifiable.
I’m a fan of well placed backstory/flashbacks, and the building up of a story by alternating chapters between past and present. Suspense is all!
I like to learn something new from fiction, though only when it’s woven into the story, not as chunks of information.
Very, very important to me is a satisfying ending; it can change my star rating! I don’t mind a slow start; I always give a book until at least 10% before abandoning it.
That 5* feeling; I love it when I get a little rush of excitement about how good a book is, I can hardly wait to finish it so I can review and tell everyone to get it!
Expertise and confidence in the writer’s own field; I like to think that even if a book isn’t my sort of thing, I can tell if it’s a good example of its type.
Authenticity, by which I mean writing ‘from the heart’, not sticking in self-consciously zany bits because it’s a light romance, or trying to write according to rules laid down elsewhere, or emulate a current popular style.
“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”
I started by listing a couple, but really there aren’t any; it all depends on the book.
“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”
Yes – travel memoirs, as mentioned earlier. Biographies, if about someone who interests me. Historical fact; love it!