Sunday, January 9, 2011

Interview with a Book Blogger: A Girl and Her Books

Interview With a Blogger is a new Crazy Bookworm Feature. This week I was thrilled to interview Mary Christine Weber from A Girl and Her Books!

CB: How long have you been blogging?

Mary: One year exactly! I just celebrated my blogoversary on January 1 with a hot chocolate party and gift card giveaway.

CB: What inspired you to start a book blog?

Mary: Officially? I started book blogging as a way to connect with others on topics most people love: food and books. I mean, seriously, that’s like happy world year round. Unofficially? It was a way to hone my writing skills while working on my first novel. Plus, I could devour every YA vampire book out there without my husband thinking me a complete nutter. “It’s all research for the blog, honey; I swear.”

CB: Tell us 5 things about yourself.

Mary: Well, I’m quite good at eating. It’s a hobby really. Aside from that, I love to write, cook, chase garden gnomes, and polish my imaginary throwing knives to toss at people who (a) annoy me, (b) are zombies, or (c) hate books I love.

CB: If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would it be?

Mary: Don Quixote. Just not at my house.

CB: Have you ever read a book that changed your opinion about something?

Mary: Absolutely. You know that book “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead”? Well…I’m just sayin’.

CB:What is one book you could re-read over and over again?

Mary: Just one? Oh dear. Okay, I think I’ll have to go with Baroness Orczy’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” I first read it as a preteen and have consumed it at least 10 times since. It’s quite the perfect combination of intrigue and adventure.

CB: Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

Mary: The sound of my children’s laughter. And my espresso machine.

CB: Who is your favourite book hero and book villain?

Mary: Hmm… A villain? Probably the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland.” Insanity always makes people creepier. And so much more likeable. As far as a hero goes? Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey. He’s British. He’s charming. He drinks tea in the bath.

 CB: What advice would you give to new book bloggers?

Mary: Be consistent (pick a frequency and stick with it). Be gracious. Don’t take it personally (whatever “it” is at the time). Be reasonably short in post length. Be social (visit and glean from other bloggers). Be yourself (cuz we like you). Be sure to run a spell check. And be confident (cuz you’ll rock it).

CB: What are you reading now?

Mary: Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” and Gayle Forman’s “If I Stay.”


Coffee or Tea?

Both actually ;). A morning latte followed by afternoon tea.

Dog-ears or bookmarks?

Hahaha! Oh man, I’m the worst at this. Dog-ears all the way. Except in library books, I swear.

E-Readers: Yes or No?

Only as an extra. Until they invent an app for crinkly pages that smell old and musty.

Dragons or Fairy's?

Dragons. They’re incredibly useful for things like starting campfires, roasting marshmallows, fighting zombies and ninjas, treasure hunting…you name it.

Vampire or Werewolves?

Vamps. They’ve got that whole classic thing going for them. Unless, of course, they’re a member of “The Reformed Vampire Support Group." Have you read that book? It’s pretty funny. ;)

Cats or Dogs?

Both, as long as they’re housetrained.

Thank you so much for the interview! You are welcome back anytime!

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  1. Just stopping by to let you know how pretty I think your blog is and to give you THIS!

    BTW...Great idea for a feature. I always like to hear/read what other bloggers think :)

  2. What a great interview. I took love my coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

  3. Sassy girl. Can't wait to read her novel!

  4. Great interview! I also started blogging to hone in on my writing skills. It also gives me the chance to check out so many other books I may not have looked into before. Fun post!

  5. Nice interview! :) I awarded you Stylish Blogger, so I hope you can check out my post here

  6. This interview was a beautiful break from my normal, writerly duties. Thank you for the opportunity to chat and play and talk about my obsessions ;). And thank you, everyone, for your sweet comments.

    -m (a girl & her books)

  7. Fun interview! I wouldn't want to have Don Quixote over to my house for dinner either. But he would be great anywhere else. :)


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