Gabrielle, Queen's Square | July 29, 2020
Who is Kayleigh Platz? You have seen her host a number of our author events with insight, humour, and warmth, and many of you have asked us who she is. So we interviewed her, and here is what she said:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself
Hi! I’m Kayleigh. I’m a huge word geek! I spend my days doing communications for a local university and in the evenings, I spend my time devouring books and trying to write my own. If you follow me online, you’ll discover that I really love cooking, my cat, drinking wine and going for walks. I think a long walk solves a lot of problems.
I’ve always been an avid reader, and getting a chance to sit down with authors and talk about their life, their craft and the characters they write is such a dream.
Q: What makes you love a book?
The characters! I love character driven books. I need to really connect and feel for their struggles and triumphs. If I don’t care about the characters and their path and relationships, then I will not finish the book (life’s too short and there are too many books left to read to worry about finishing a book you don’t like).
I’m a huge romance lover and I am constantly trying to get more men and women to read the genre. In today’s world don’t we all want a bit of optimism and a Happily Ever After?
Also, there are some amazing authors out there that are writing fresh stories about men and women that blow my mind. The characters are dynamic, the romance is realistic, and the books are just so much fun to read. Two recent reads that I devoured include Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series (A Prince on Paper is my fave in the series) and Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke. These are character driven stories that challenge the stereotype of a romance novel. I still think about the characters months after I’ve read the books. A good book, in my opinion, makes you leave your mind and worries for a while, and pushes you into another person’s thoughts. If I can still wonder about the characters long after I closed the pages, then that makes me love a book.
Q: What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?
Oh man, one book and only one book? This may be a surprise, but my most recommend book is probably Naked in Death by J. D Robb (Nora Roberts). It’s the first book in her very lengthy In Death series (she’s written over 50 book) and I find men and women love it: it’s set in the near future, has a strong female lead, intriguing mysteries and is just plain fun. It’s also great to start a series that has such a huge list of books that you can read through if you enjoy it.
Q: Do you read one book at a time, or several?
I always have a few books on the go. I’m a serial reader!
You can see Kayleigh host two more events this summer:
On August 8 at 2:00pm authors Adele Parks and Karen Hamilton talk about their latest books Lies, Lies, Lies and The Last Wife with Kayleigh at our Killer Crime Club: Juicy Beach Reads online event. If you like books full of suspense and thrills, this is the event for you. Q&A to follow, so bring your questions!
Idea Exchange is pleased to partner with Eden Mills Writers Festival to offer a unique, online book club experience. Meet up with Kayleigh on Zoom for a discussion about The Pull of the Stars, the latest book from bestselling author Emma Donoghue, on August 18 at 7:00pm. After the book club, join the Eden Mills Writers Festival for their event with Emma Donoghue hosted by Vish Khanna on August 25 at 8:00pm.
Are you a reading addict like Kayleigh? Check out these resources for book lovers from our collection:
- This book includes categories like, “My family is weirder than yours: fiction and non-fiction about totally dysfunctional families” and, “Tales of woe, tales of whoa: tearjerkers that will make you snot all over the place”: Check these out: one librarian's catalog of the 200 coolest, best, and most important books you'll ever read.
- Look up conditions such as agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and get a novel to read as the antidote in The Novel Cure: An A-Z List of Literary Remedies.
- Instant Fix: if you can’t wait for the items on your hold list, try Libby, our app that gives you access instantly to over 40,000 eBooks and audio books.
- Recommended Reads: Try our Recommended Reads section of our website. There you will find a variety of lists curated for you by our librarians as well as award winners, and book reviews. On that page you can also try Novelist, a great source for reviews and recommendations. Try their “for fans of...” and “I’m in the mood for...” lists.
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