You may be wondering “Who are The P. Turners?”
What kind of books do we enjoy? All the questions you may have when you are invited to like a page. Below are the introductions from each of our contributors smile emoticon
English based in Yorkshire, England
Even from a young age I’ve always been a fan of the supernatural genre, anything slightly in the horror mix intrigued me. Vampire novels are my ultimate favourite, the first one I read was at the young age of 11 when I happened to pick up a copy of Dracula. Although the novel wasn’t my favourite it helped shape the reader and writer I am as an adult.
Laurel K Hamilton, Anne Rice, Sylvain Reynard and Jackie Collins. These are just a few of the authors that I love, the ones that have made the biggest impact on my reading list. I’ve only recently become a fan of Jackie Collins, intrigued by her novels as they sat on my Mum’s bookcase as a teenage. Anne Rice was one authors that showed me the vampire’s story. That this creature of horror could be the hero. Sylvain Reynard pulled me into the romance genre in a big way. Recommend by a fellow P Turner, it was the three debut novels that fuelled the fire in me to be more open to other genres. Laurel K Hamilton is my favourite author of all time. She has created a series of novels spanning the 90s, 00s and now. Her Anita Blake Series has pulled me into the supernatural world over and over again. Her heroine and writing style are inspirational. Spurring my creative mind on, aspiring to be as open minded and imaginative as she is.
This is always a hard question for any avid reader. How are you supposed to choose between so many great books. To narrow down a few books that I love are Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K Hamilton, the very first novel in a series spanning almost 25 novels and over 20 years. Interview with a Vampire, because every true vampire fan will have read this novel. No protagonist caught my empathy like Louis and no villain is more loveable than Lestat. The Vampire Diaries, the very first novel in this series compelled my teen mind into the world of vampires a little further, as an adult I appreciate how easy to read the series of novels were but also how they fanned the flames of a love story that burns brighter with every new novel, film and seriously handsome vampire pin-up.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO READ:
There isn’t any one place that comes to mind when thinking about where I like to read. A book is always close at hand, but the most frequent place to read is on the train and bus. Commuting to work is the prime place for me to catch up with my favourite characters (in between naps). On cold winters night, travelling home, nothing keeps you warmer than a great book.
* L. Turner *
English but based in New Zealand.
Mainly Chick lit and romance but I like to mix it up with crime and thrillers in between.
Colleen Hoover, Paige Toon, Mia Sheridan, Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, Kate McCarthy and many many more
FAVOURITE PLACE TO READ:
Curled up in the arm chair in front of the fire with a blanket and a cup of tea, or with breakfast in bed and in summer there’s nothing better than sitting out in the garden with a good book.
There are so so many. The one that really sticks with me is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this at school and it made such an impact I can remember so many parts in full detail. I love all of Colleen Hoover’s books but especially maybe someday and confess. These are the books that I could re read over and over again.
* S. Turner *
English but based in Melbourne, Australia.
Predominantly crime, thrillers and YA. I don’t mind the odd romance as well.
Val McDermid, Peter James, Jo Nesbo, Sylvain Reynard, Rainbow Rowell, Lee Child, Stephen King, J.K.Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Day….to name a few!
FAVOURITE PLACE TO READ:
There are a few places.
1) On the tram/train on the daily commute to/from work. The only danger with this is if the book is TOO good….it’s a last minute dash to get off!
2) As L.Turner, I love to get curled up on the sofa with my blanket. A cup of tea in hand and my oversized hoody. Complete comfort.
3) On the river in Melbourne, at a bar, with a beverage (not necessarily alcoholic!) Taking the time to look up from my book at the ‘real world’ before immersing myself back in to world I’m reading.
Ultimate favourite has to be ‘The Mermaids Singing’ by Val McDermid as this is where we are introduced to the quirky profiler that is, Dr Tony Hill. This is the book that inspired the UK TV series; Wire in the Blood. McDermid has a way to her writing that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. There are currently nine books in the Tony Hill series and they are excellent!
English, based in Yorkshire, England.
Undetermined. I appreciate the fence loitering in this statement but after 2 and a half decades of being an avid reader I still can’t make up my mind! I love stories from different genres, authors with different styles and couldn’t pinpoint if my life depended on it. So there’s my answer. I am a little fickle, perhaps inconcise and quite possibly far too circumlocutory!
In no particular order and, rather difficult to know where to start: Neil Gaiman, Charles Dickens, Ryan Bracha, Rudyard Kipling, Gerrard Brennan, Roald Dahl, Anna Perera, Mark Twain, Mark Wilson, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King, Jeffrey Archer, Elizabeth Kostova, Peter V Brett, George R.R Martin, Thomas Hardy…. (at this point I had to just stop typing because I’d have been here hours, you would be bored to tears and it would’ve been easier to just add in another ‘undetermined’. See, circumlocutory.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO READ:
I wouldn’t say I’m an ‘outdoorsy’ person but, I LOVE the outdoors. Anywhere with lots of trees, lots of nature, brimming with life – that, accompanied by a book or two, a blanket or 5 and usually quite a bit of food and I am in my Utopia. Other places include: on the bus, on the train, curled up in my garden, on my reading bench in front of my house, anywhere I can smell lavender, in a tea shop, in a pub, in bed, near an open window or door whilst it’s raining, near a lake or river or like I said, anywhere with a lots of trees.
I imagine I’m not alone in this being an impossible question to answer so I’m going to go with the simple by naming three that have remained my favourites from my early childhood to now. Firstly, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. The beauty in these stories spoke to my heart as a child. They took an internal little girl far away from a world she just wasn’t really the right fit for into lots of worlds that were just for her (Sniff, sob). Secondly, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. This had a profound effect on me and honestly helped to shape me a lot in terms of what I realised I could and could not expect from other people. It gave me my very favourite quote; “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Thirdly, of course, Roald Dahl’s Matilda. What little girl that loves to read does not relate to Matilda? We are all Matilda. Matilda is all of us.