Thursday, July 19, 2012

Why Readers Make the Best Writers by Alyson Burdette

We welcome today's guest blogger, author Alyson Burdette. Pick up her debut novel, Nightfire, today!

If there’s one guaranteed way to tell if someone will be a good writer, it’s to find out what (and how much) they read. People who read ‘get’ words. They understand them, how they should flow together and form the shape of a story, how they should work together to create a perfect image. Even if they don’t always realize it, they understand good writing.

Most people can pick up a book and say if they like or don’t like it fairly quickly, but the people who read a lot can usually give you a reason why. If the characters are strong and believable or the story has amazing descriptions or pacing, readers pick up on it. Books should make the reader fall in love-with the book, and with writing. Which is why people who read a lot have a natural tendency to be good writers.

There’s no better way to improve writing skills, then to pick up a book and check out what’s inside. So if you write, or want to start writing, the first step is to open that story sitting on the shelf. Sooner or later, if you’re a writer, the words bleed into you and back out on to the page.

Alyson Burdette currently lives in the small town of Wadsworth, Ohio. She graduated from The University of Akron, where she majored in Anthropology. She currently works at a pharmacy and loves animals and anything paranormal. When she’s not writing, she spends her time on reading, photography, hiking, and dancing. Here debut novel, Nightfire, is now available from Musa Publishing.

You can learn more about her at:

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Blurb for Nightfire:

When a murder shakes the small town of Peninsula, all eyes are on Olivia Townsend. She may look eighteen, but the townspeople can sense there’s something darker hiding behind her pretty eyes. Olivia knows the smart thing to do is to get out of town. Suspicious neighbors can only mean trouble for a vampire. But leaving becomes much more difficult when William, a mysterious man from her past, arrives. Finding out what brought him back is a temptation Olivia just can’t resist. William’s kindness and interest in Olivia only makes leaving harder. As she starts to fall for him, she’s forced to decide if sticking around is really worth the risk of being discovered. Of course, her mystery man has a secret of his own-and he’s not talking.

Nightfire is available on,, and at other major e-book retailers.


Alyson Burdette said...

Thanks for hosting me! :)

Maureen said...

Before I wrote, reading was a more of a leisure thing. I do think there is a danger in knowing so much about the nuts and bolts of writing that when it comes to reading...well, I analyze too much!

Yet, I do adore words and words used well are just a symphony...

Ella Gray said...

Glad to have you in the Salon, Alyson! The book looks wonderful - Congratz!

E.B. Black said...

This is what I say over and over again to justify all the time I waste reading. XD

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