Indie book collector supports authors in a unique way – For the Love of Books Podcast
Hauling a cartful of books, you can find Diana Duell at just about any festival in West Michigan, but her favorite one is the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in Muskegon. "That's where I started my book collection," she said. "I was looking for something new." Right off the bat, Duell bought 60 to 70 books that the first year when she discovered Indie local authors. Her collection of Indie authors counts 60 authors, 171 books read, and 350 TBR. She spends approximately $1,000 a year on books. "It's disposable income," Duell said. "It's my vacation. I fell in love doing this and I collect more books every year." Now, as an established collector, she knows most Indie authors and writes reviews on Facebook and Goodreads. "It's all about supporting local businesses and writing a book is a craft," she said. She has built-in three bookcases with six shelves, all full. "There has to be a meaning behind a good book," she said. "A great book is one you can escape into. Keep on writing and I will keep on buying. That's a promise." Depending on her mood, she likes to read anything from a cozy mystery to a short story, and everything in between. Among her favorite authors are Ingar Rudholm, DA Reed, and Andrew Allen Smith. "I wouldn't want to be on DA Reed's or Andrew Allen Smith's bad side," she said. Duell is always on the lookout for new authors and new books. Watch for Duell at LAF this year on June 25 & 26. Listen in to the interview for a chance to win a signed copy of your next favorite read.
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