Meet the Reader (& Writer)

So, thanks to lottelikesbooks’ Instagram, I found this cool little list titled Meet the Reader. As a writer, I’m naturally a reader and I thought that I’d fill this out and pass it along for those who want to get to know me.

(a) How many books can you read at once?

Probably 3 or four, depending on what the books are.

(b) What’s your favorite reading drink?

I don’t tend to drink anything when I’m reading simply because I’m likely to spill it all over my book and I find that tragic. If I do have a drink though, it’s probably some sort of tea, the best bet being green tea.

(c) What’s your favorite reading snack?

Same as above, I don’t usually eat anything because then I get food-covered fingerprints all over the pages or crumbs in the binding, but if I do eat anything, it’s either chocolate chips or a snack food like goldfish/Cheez-Itz.

(d) How is your bookshelf organized?

I usually have it organized in alphabetical order, but I had too many books so I had to organize it by size so I could fit more books in.

(e) Hardcover or paperback? [Why?]

Paperback, they’re cheaper, more flexible, and cozier.

(f) Current read?

I’m currently reading Watched by C.J. Lyons.

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Get To Know Me Better | Who Am I? Tag

I love tags like this, so I knew I had to do it when I first saw it on Michelle’s (Book Adventures) blog. Mostly, I just really love personality quizzes… So, if you’d like to get to know me better then, by all means, keep reading. If not, see ya in my next post!

Question One: What is the meaning of my name?

My friend made me a little name tag that says “Susan” is derived from the Hebrew word for “lily”. Looking it up,  at this site, it is of Hebrew origin and does mean “lily”.

Question Two: What is my Myer-Briggs personality type?

I’ve never heard of this personality quiz before, so I’m excited to see what I am.

So I guess I’m a Protagonist (ENFJ-T). 57% extraverted, 65% intuitive, 69% feeling, 53% judging, and 58% turbulent. What does all of this mean? Well, according to the site:

Protagonists are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are oftentimes our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, Protagonists take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.

I didn’t think that I was that type of person, but the Internet never lies (I’m joking!).

Question Three: What is my Zodiac sign?

I’m a Leo, but I’ve been told that I don’t act like a run of the mill Leo. I don’t really pay attention to that sort of stuff, so I really don’t know what that means.

Question Four: What is my Hogwarts House?

When I took the Sorting Hat quiz on Pottermore, I was placed in Gryphondor. There’s a different link up above if you don’t want to make a Pottermore account, though.

Question Five: What are my learning styles?

I already know that I’m a visual and physical learner. That means that I learn best by seeing and doing something. I’d rather hold an actual book than look at a digital one and I take my notes by hand; screens don’t benefit me very much.

Question Six: Am I right or left brain dominant?

I’ve never really thought about this before, so it’s exciting to take this quiz.

I’m right-brained (69%)! I actually saw that one coming; I’m pretty creative (I’m an art and English major).

Question Seven: What is my blood type?

I have no idea.

Question Eight: What career am I meant to have?

So, I plan on going into writing.

This quiz hit the nail on the head; it said I should be a writer!

You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.

Question Nine: Which Divergent Faction do I belong in?

I belong in Abnegation, apparently. I thought I’d belong in Amity.

You belong with the selfless. You always find yourself lending a hand to others, and you seldom realize it. You truly care about the people around you, and you’re the first to notice when someone is under the weather. Just when you think you have a day to spend for yourself, you probably catch yourself listening to a friend dish about her problems instead. Some people might tag you as “boring”, but those closest to you know that you’re a simple gal with the purest of hearts.

Question Ten: What does my birth order say about me?

I’m the firstborn.

Stereotype: Natural leader, ambitious, responsible.
Why it’s true: The eldest, for a while, has no competition for time (or books or baby banter) with Mom and Dad. “There’s a benefit to all of that undiluted attention. A 2007 study in Norway showed that firstborns had two to three more IQ points than the next child,” says Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D., the author of Born to Rebel. Firstborns tend to be surrogate parents when other siblings arrive, hence their protective and responsible nature.
When it’s not: Parents can set high expectations for a first (or only) child. “When he feels like he has disappointed his parents or can’t measure up, he may veer off in another direction,” says Kevin Leman, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of The Birth Order Book.

I’m tagging anybody who would like to do this tag. Let me know your results in the comments below!

Interview with The Clarkston News

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Six years ago Susan Arnold began writing her first novel Blue Vigilante which she just self-published.
Arnold, a 2015 graduate of Clarkston High School, explained the series began in her eighth grade English class at the junior high school.
Her teacher, Robert Albee, gave the class a short story assignment.
“As we were writing, I struggled keeping the short story short,” Arnold said. “Mr. Albee, after grading the assignment, told me that he could see there was so much more potential to the story. I just kept writing and writing and turned the short story into a four-novel-long series. The writing journey was crazy.”
During the writing journey, Arnold takes readers into the world of Marybeth, also known as “Bat.”
In Blue Vigilante, Marybeth chooses to join the most feared gang in America, Black Bullet, in a rash revenge-fueled decision, Arnold explained.
During her initiation, she proves herself to be an amazing fighter, the best the gang has ever seen. She quickly works her way up the ranks to third in command.
When she witnesses a ruthless murder during a gang fight she is faced with a moral choice, leading to the decision to quit fighting for Black Bullet. But making the decision isn’t as easy as she thinks.
“As third in command, she knows too much to simply stop fighting and she isn’t old enough to drop out of the gang, so the leader, Trigger, decides the only way to solve the problem is to kill her,” Arnold explained.
Arnold finished the first book only a few months ago and mixed in writing with being a full-time student, learning how to drive, working a part-time job and that was before she graduated from Clarkston and went on to Northern Michigan University.
“Not to mention that I matured and that changed my writing voice,” Arnold added. “Though I wish that I could have published Blue Vigilante sooner, I’m glad I didn’t. If I had published the book as a 13- or 14-year-old, the pace and tone of the book would not match the rest of the series.”
She added writing the book wasn’t the hardest part or publishing – it was editing.
“It’s a constant back and forth battle between writing and then polishing, cutting and rewriting. I’ve edited and reread BV so much, that I practically know it by heart,” she said.
Arnold enjoys Blue Vigilante because it’s the first book and series she wrote and a project she continued working on.
“I have a stack of written works I started but never finished,” she explained. “Blue Vigilante captured my imagination enough to make me stick to it.Also, I think entire idea of the plot is something that hasn’t ever really been explored before, which makes it very interesting.”
The target audience for Blue Vigilante is young adults, but Arnold added anybody would enjoy reading it.
“As long as they’re mature enough to read it,” she said. “This book involves a gang, which means violence, drinking and drugs. I wouldn’t recommend the book for kids under 12.”
Arnold is attending Northern Michigan University and pursuing a master’s degree both in English Writing and Photography.
Blue Vigilante is available online.
~Staff Writer Wendi Reardon

BLUE VIGILANTE available now!

My debut novel, Blue Vigilante, has just been published and is available here!

Here’s a synopsis:

In a rash, revenge-fueled decision, Marybeth decides to join the most feared gang in America, Black Bullet. During her initiation, she proves herself to be an amazing fighter, the best that the gang has ever seen and she quickly works her way up the ranks to third in command. Black Bullet and Atomic Bomb, the rival gang, always fight for dominance, which never phased Marybeth–Bat, as she is known in the gang–until she witnesses a ruthless murder during a gang fight. Faced with her morals, she decides to stop fighting for Black Bullet.
As third in command, she knows too much to simply stop fighting and she isn’t old enough to drop out of the gang, so the leader, Trigger, decides that the only way to solve the problem is to kill Bat.
As the building explodes with Bat inside, secrets come to light and the truth is found out; a truth that will rock Black Bullet, Acco City, and the whole world, all the way to the core.