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September 11, 2015

Reader Interview with Jennifer Ricketts aka Donnie Darko Girl

Jennifer Ricketts aka Donnie Darko Girl is my reader/reviewer interviewee today! She’s a “voracious reader,” writes for the Inquisitr, and she’s a member of Indie Visible. Welcome, Jennifer! 

1. A) What genre do you read the most? And what would you like to see less of in that genre?

I read the most from the horror genre. There tends to be clichés in horror, such as characters investigating “strange noises” by themselves. I hate it when no one believes the main character, who’s trying to warn others there’s a Jason or a Michael Myers-type character roaming around slicing and dicing. But I also think that’s human nature--to deny, deny, deny when something horrific is happening.

Chrys: If someone told me Michael Myers was killing people in my town. I’d believe them! (I'm a Michael fan.)

B) What would you like to see more of?

I’d love to see more YA horror novels that are scary. Back when I was in junior high, Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine were really popular, both writing horror stories for YA. I don’t really see that much anymore when I visit the YA section, and I read a LOT of YA. I start feeling nostalgic, lol.   

2. What kinds of book covers attract you?

Colorful, professional-looking book covers are totally my thing. I tend to like a lot of UK covers over the US editions. For example, I think the UK cover for Under the Never Sky is prettier than the US version.

If there’s a model on the cover, it’s always annoying if the person doesn’t look real. Like at all. I’m a terrible artist--you won’t catch me trying to sketch for a living--but there are some covers I’ve seen and can’t help but think I could have done a better job. I really hate saying that, too. I’ve seen some covers where you can’t read the title of the book or the author’s name because of poor font and/or color choices.

Which cover do you like better? VOTE!!!

3. Poor font or color choice is bad! Do you like sequels or prefer standalone novels?

Depending on the story and how it’s told, I like both sequels and standalones. There have been a few instances where I thought a sequel was unnecessary, but I ended up reading it anyway. Sometimes at the end of a standalone, I feel lost knowing there isn’t another book with those same characters coming.

4. What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was Stepping Stones by Kacey Vanderkarr, which is a YA contemporary with a splash of the paranormal. It was full of emotion! The main character, Onna, loses her brother in a tragic accident right after finding out their parents are getting divorced. Onna’s mom dips out, and her dad turns to alcohol. Everything seems hopeless for poor Onna except for her friend, Hunter, and the cute guy at school, Everett. There’s something more to Everett than meets the eye--he isn’t the typical bad boy, not at all. I cried my eyes out several times reading this book, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat! 

5. Stepping Stones sounds like a really good, emotional book. What would you like to know about the authors you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading interviews with my favorite authors. I love to find out what movies and TV shows they’re obsessing over, what books they like to read, and what music they listen to. If they’re into horror, it’s always fun to find out what kind of things scare them and where their ideas come from. I love it when an author I like belong to the same fandoms I do!

Favorites Section:

1. Favorite author? Christopher Pike
2. Favorite fictional character? Donnie Darko!
3. Favorite Children’s book? Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
4. Favorite reading spot? My bed
5. Favorite reading snack? Popcorn

Hyper Round:

1. Ebooks or print books? Print
2. Movie Adaptations: Yay or Nay? Nay
3. Do you have a library card? Definitely 


Tattooed wife and stay-at-home mama. Book blogger at Donnie Darko Girl for almost 4 years. Writer for the Inquisitr. NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner. Dyes hair wild colors. Whovian and Fannibal for life! Fan of the 60's & the 90's. Currently writing first novel. 


Thank you for spending some time with me, Jennifer! 

Please leave Jennifer a comment! :)

QUESTION: Which cover for Under the Never Sky do you like the best? UK or US?


sage said...

Good interview, Chrys and good insights. I like the US cover best.

sherry fundin said...

Great interview. I have seen Donnie Darko around. I love covers and I think the US cover for Under The Never Sky is by far the better one. I too love horror, so I am coming over to see what you have going on, Jennifer.
sherry @ fundinmental

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Fascinating interview. Nice to meet you, Jennifer. You seem to have a lot of fun with your reading. I haven't heard of Stepping Stones or Under the Never Sky, but they do sound interesting. I prefer the US cover.

nashvillecats2 said...

Great interview and a good blog to read, Loved the US Cover.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Sage! I also like the US cover better.

Chrys Fey said...

Donnie Darko Girl does make her rounds. :) I'm glad you'll be checking out her blog. It's fun.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Beverly! I changed up the questions for the reader interview to make it fresh again. I'll have to do this every once in a while. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Well, that's 4 votes for the US cover (5 if you count me) and 1 vote for the UK cover (Jennifer).

Rachna Chhabria said...

It was nice to meet Jennifer. I like the U.S cover a lot.

betty said...

Enjoyed reading the interview; I haven't met too many people that enjoy the horror genre. I tend to stay away from it myself (like to sleep at night; too vivid of an imagination :)


Pat Hatt said...

The US cover gets my vote indeed. Great interview too.

Chrys Fey said...

So do I. Thanks for stopping by!

Chrys Fey said...

I know quite a few horror fans. I used to like it more when I was a kid. Now I'd rather have suspense. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for your vote!

diedre Knight said...

Have to say, horror scares me more than ghosts! Very interesting interview, I enjoyed learning about both Jennifer and her interests in authors from a reader's point of view. Love the titles of both books, pink hair is fab and the U.S. cover gets my vote! Thanks, Ladies for splendid morning read :-)

SK Anthony said...

Very cool interview! I agree with Jennifer and her thoughts on covers, I feel so judgmental but some of them really look like they were hand sketched by little kids. *hanging head in shame over these thoughts* Anyway, I got for the U.S. cover.

Nice meeting you, Jennifer!

Jeffrey Scott said...

Jennifer: Gosh, I wish I had more time to read. Never have been much into the horror genre myself. As for the book cover. Something about the US cover is appealing to me. Not very fond of the UK version, which is odd considering I'm into UK anything, it seems.
Always nice to meet a fellow Whovian.
Chrys: Great interview once again.

Chrys Fey said...

I wish I had the guts to dye my hair pink. :)

Thanks for commenting, Diedre!

Chrys Fey said...

I could never have a cover I didn't like. Even though I don't get much say, I still can approve mine and if mine looked like a kid made it, I'd deny it so fast.

Chrys Fey said...

I wish I was a Whovian. It seems like a fun and awesome group of people. :)

I have to agree with you about the covers too. I don't like the couple on the UK version. The US version has more conflict/adventure to it.

Yolanda Renée said...

I like the US cover. Pink is a favorite color, but not here.
Great interview, more YA books that are scary - hmmm!

Liz A. said...

I like the US cover better, but the UK cover does have something to recommend it.

DMS said...

I like both covers- but like the US one more.

Such a fun interview. I don't read a lot of horror, but I do enjoy creepy books. Stepping Stones has a cool cover!

Chrys Fey said...

There aren't many scary YA books. I vote yes for more too!

Chrys Fey said...

Neither are horrible. Just one seems to edge out the other.

Chrys Fey said...

The US cover is a clear winner in this poll. :)