J Lenni Dorner is my last guest for the AtoZ Challenge Book Review Blog Tour, which is part of the AtoZ’s tenth birthday celebrations. His book is yet to be published, and the posts will be part of his April blog  this year.  I received an ARC for my consideration.

Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier

j lenni dorner writing book reviewsby J Lenni Dorner

This book aims to provide inspiration to encourage people to write more book reviews. It is written for authors, though any reader can benefit.

My review

Writing Book Reviews as an Author is filled with useful information—and not just about writing reviews. Although it’s geared towards author-reviewers, any reader who would like to craft better reviews will find a readable, informative text within.

Although a book written during or arising from the A to Z Challenge, J Lenni Dorner makes the letters into various mnemonics for writing different levels of review. How in depth do you want to go? There’s something here for you to consider.

After I’d reflected on it a while, I decided that the most valuable lesson from this book for an author, is what to consider when reviewing your own book, at various stages of draft, perhaps.

add to goodreads buttonA very worthwhile read that might not change the way I review, but may well improve the way I critique my own work before reviewers see it.


'Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier' is a #BookReview literary criticism and critique reference book for #writers by #author @JLenniDorner #AtoZChallenge Share on X

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Quote from the book shared as an image. (Also known as a meme.)

Links to buy the book: Amazon ~~~ Smashwords

Interview with the author

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Why did you take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was “given life”?
It’s the ten year anniversary. I’m very excited to be a co-host of the A to Z Challenge. This is an incredible community.

Why did you start blogging?
This is answered in my very first blog post.
“You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, this blog was started because I heard about the A to Z challenge from some nanowrimo friends.” (jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com March 2012)

Any other books coming out soon?
This is my current new publication.
I have several stories in the works though.

What other books do you have available?
“Fractions of Existence” An urban fantasy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Brief tip on writing:

Here’s a motivational quote of mine about when you feel like giving up on writing.



Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
The idea came from interviewing so many debut authors at Operation Awesome. I noticed that some authors reviewed a lot of books, and others had never written one. I set out to inspire those who didn’t write reviews. It turned out to be long enough for a month of blog posts (this coming April). Then I noticed I had enough to make a reference book.

Compare this book from the A to Z Challenge with your usual books. Would you do it again?
Besides “Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier,” I have one other reference book, “Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters” (on Amazon and Smashwords). The two are similar in that both books exist because I was planning posts for the A to Z challenge and both books are aimed at writers but can benefit others as well. Anyone who reads and reviews books will find useful tips in my new book. And someone said my book on settings helped a child with a school book report.
As for my speculative fiction urban fantasy, “Fractions of Existence,” the book review book isn’t really like that. However, a reader could use “Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier” to review “Fractions of Existence.”
Would I write another book as a result of the A to Z challenge? You bet! Will there be more reference books in my future? If I find something I know about, something that’s perhaps covered in a broad way but not in a small niche way, yeah, I’d probably turn it into another book. There are books out there about writing book reviews. But, as authors, we have slightly different insights when writing reviews. We also have something else to gain.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
My biggest writing goal this year is to publish two books in 2019.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
A recommendation from a trusted source, reading something interesting about the book, or the book being by an author I like.

Connect with J Lenni Dorner

blog link: jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com
website link: www.what-are-they.com
Twitter handle: @JLenniDorner
Facebook: WhatAreTheyLinkedIn: j-lenni-dorner
Instagram: jlennidorner
Pinterest: jlennidorner
YouTube: watch feature

Amazon author page: J-Lenni-Dorner
Goodreads author profile:
Bookbub author page: j-lenni-dorner
Smashwords author page: JLDorner
NaNoWriMo participant page: j-lenni-dorner
Tumblr: jlennidorner.tumblr.com
All Author page: jlennidorner.allauthor.com
Other link:

Another link: www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/04/j-is-for-j-atozchallenge.html

Blog tour

Feb dates and places:
A to Z Team
Jayden R. Vincente
J Lenni Dorner
11 Christine Calvin
12 Jamie @ uniquely maladjusted but fun
20 Deniz @ the girdle of melian
22 Jemima Pett
26 Mary Burris @ literary au

Remember the Blog Tour Giveaway – don’t forget to enter as many times as you can (five prizes – opens in a new tab).


and finally….

What would you like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What motivates you to write book reviews? (Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?)

An #AtoZChallenge Book Review – with J Lenni Dorner
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2 thoughts on “An #AtoZChallenge Book Review – with J Lenni Dorner

  • 24 February, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for hosting me. You’re a fantastic person.

    • 25 February, 2019 at 9:04 am

      I don’t know about that 🙂 but you’re very welcome!

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