Jumping In and Follow Me Friday

I've decided maybe I should attempt some of these memes...even though poor husband had to look it up on wiki to understand just what I was talking about. Meme. It is a funny word. ;)

So, I'm going to jump in, starting with the Book Blogger Hop--a place for book bloggers and readers to connect and share their love of the written word. This also gives blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read. Click here for more information or to join the fun.

Each week a question if asked of participants to answer. Here is this week's question:

"What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?"

My Answer:

I am not convinced that either/or is more important than the other. I can have amazing characters that could make readers fall in love with them, but without an equally amazing plot...what would be the point of reading?

I believe the only way to do a story justice is to keep the playing field even. If you have sub-par characters (well, you should probably trash the book you're reading or wip you're writing) then your plot needs to match up. Find a book with a plot that can hold your interest and characters that are real. Same goes if you're the writer. Don't toss killer characters into a role where they don't get some action, don't get to do anything cool, or they just might march off your page and find a different book to hang out in. LOL If such a thing were possible.

To me...a well-written character becomes living, breathing flesh. Do 'em justice. :)

Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee. Their question:

"What did you study in college, or are currently studying and did it lead to your current 9-5 or are you doing something different?"

Oh, my. I didn't go to college. Before my eighteenth birthday, I married my husband and followed him to the Marine Corps. It was an amazing life (click here to read more on that) that I wouldn't trade for anything. Two wars broke out soon after our marriage and I spent a lot of time volunteering for family readiness services with USMC. When my husband deployed for the war in 2003, I began writing. I'd always loved to write, but now I had endless amounts of time and needed a distraction from the constant influx of media coverage on the war. I guess it paid off. After nearly nine solid years of writing and sending out my work, I finally landed a contract with a literary agency. One small step, sure...but it leads to a much bigger step. ;)


Click here to read other participants answers of the Blog Hop and here for Follow My Book Blog Friday.


  1. Found you via Follow Friday... poked around your blog a bit and like it very much! You have some really great posts!

    Look forward to following you!

  2. Hi! I'm a new follower! I'm looking forward to read more of your posts.

    Thanks for your Follow Friday answer, and thank you for sharing so much about yourself. There is a surprising amount of inner strength in all of us when we are faced with difficult times.

    If you have time, drop in and say hi at Manga Maniac Cafe

  3. Hi Gia! I'm a new follower form the blog hop. I am so glad I found your blog. I agree with Manga Maniac and Laura. You have a great site and I look forward to returning to read your posts.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. HI new follower here, Very nice looking blog. Hope you have a great holiday.

    My Follow Friday/Book Blogger Hop

  5. I have an AA, studying a bit of Spanish, and have my CNA. I am currently staying home and writing. I am hopping by from Follow Friday. I am following you and would love it if you follow me back! Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  6. This might be the best Book Blogger Hop question I've seen to date.

    So what's the answer? Plot! Hop over to my blog and let me tell you how a good plot rescued bad characters from bad book oblivion.

    Howard Sherman

  7. hi, found you thru the hop and im a new follower

    I'm a Tourism graduate and have some units in MS Tourism but currently working in a law firm. . . . it's a long story but to make it short, it's all about job security and money. . :(

    btw, nice blog design you have here, happy friday!

  8. Hey! New follower here. Congrats on posting your first meme. I'm kinda new to blogging too. :)

    I totally agree about the plot/characters. It really depends on the actual book for me. I'm in high school so I can't say what Ill major in yet.

    Happy reading! -Caroline, Words & Whispers

  9. Thanks for following my blog...I'm returning the favor! Good luck with your writing contract. I loved what you said about characters marching right off the page and into another book...LOL! :o)

  10. Hi! Thanks for stopping by The Window Seat Reader! :) That is so exciting about your writing contract. And it's so true about characters becoming breathing flesh - great point.

  11. Hi Gia! I'm your newest follower and I've loved wandering around your blog. I like your answers to today's questions. I honestly can't imagine marrying at 18 - I was 34 :) Drop by my blog and say hi if you get a chance. I can be found at Sugarbeat's Books

  12. Hopping by from the blog hop....love your design.

    Lots of good answers to this week's tough question.

    Stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

    Also check out a design site I found...pretty neat home decorating ideas...it is in the right side panel on my blog.


    Happy Holidays!!