Sunday, February 13, 2011

Interview with a Blogger-Not Another Romance Blog

This week The Crazy Bookworm welcomes Not Another Romance Blog!

CB: How long have you started blogging?

I wrote my first post on April 14th, 2010. So I've been at it for about 9-10 months.

CB: What inspired you to start a book blog?

Believe it or not, it took me a while to become...'bookish'. I tried to avoid books and reading at all costs-I was your typical teenager. As a child, though, I loved reading Arthur books (by Marc Brown) and classic fairy tales like the princess and the pea ; but then I hit puberty and books were like my kryptonite. Eventually, I was forced to read a book for school that I really enjoyed (Snitch by Allison Van Diepen) and that lead to three more and that lead to 3 million more! lol. I would use Barnes& to do book research and find titles I might like and one day they invited me to write a review on a book I'd recently purchased. I started writing reviews on all the books I read on B&N and naturally progressed to wanting to start my own site. A blog was the best platform to achieve this with and I am so happy I did! (You can read more about my first romance here.)

CB: Describe yourself in 3 words

A. Good. Time.

CB: If you had to choose 5 books to keep from all the books on your bookshelf, which 5 would you choose?

Only 5!!! lol. Well, there are very few books I ever find myself re-reading, and most of my favorites are by one author, but here you go:

'It Happened One Autumn' by Lisa Kleypas

'Blue-Eyed Devil' by Lisa Kleypas

'Slightly Married' by Mary Balogh

'Till Dawn With The Devil' by Alexandra Hawkins

'Romancing Mister Bridgerton' by Julia Quinn

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

I can't live without food, books, music, and sex. (In various combinations or all at once-figure that last scenario out on your own)

CB: What book character would you chose to bring to life and why?

Jack Travis from 'Smooth-Talking Stranger' by Lisa Kleypas. I think he is the ultimate man. He's all alpha all the way, super macho, has a delicious southern accent, and (in my head) is just the dreamiest man alive. But on the flip side, when he's with the one he loves (in the book, it's Ella Varner, in my head, it's me) he loves without the breaks on. He's done his creeping in his early 20's and now he's ready to settle down. He's completely contented to spend most of his time with the love of his life and he's always considerate, compassionate, and has no problem getting it up ;) . He's a bit clingy, but not in the traditional way. He loves hard. Who DOESN'T want to be some macho man's sweet spot; the one he'll always melt for? That's my dream man! Bring him to life and you'll have to pry my cold-dead hands off of him.

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

'Blue-Eyed Devil' by Lisa Kleypas

CB: What is your favourite reading spot?

It's pretty crowded in my house at the moment, but my sanctuary is my room. I can read just about anywhere; on the bus, in class, in the car, at work, but I read most comfortably in my 'book cave'. It's a small little cubicle of a room with books in stacks here and there, but I love curling up on my bed with a mountain of pillows behind my back and getting lost in a good read!

CB: What other hobbies do you enjoy beside reading and blogging?

I love sports, so watching or playing is my favorite thing to do. I am a huge baseball fan (Yankees of course- not one of those fake fans, I've been with them through it all) and use to play a little softball, so I am at my happiest when spring rolls around and the boys head down to Tampa for spring training/ and I can get some practice swings in at the batting cages. I also love to cook (although I haven't flexed my culinary skills that much lately), and watching a good movie (the classic Black and Whites that come on TCM) is one of my favorite things to do when I need a break from reading and blogging.

CB: If you had to live your life as an animal, what would you be?

A Cat. No doubt about it. I meow at people when I am bored, I (sometimes) scratch my friends on their arms to get their attention or if they start irritating me, I love ice cream and hate mice. I am either jumping off the walls with loads of energy or very quiet and reserved and waiting to strike at the first person who crosses me wrong. They were a sacred animal in Egypt, I wouldn't mind being catered to and adored ;)

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

Not Really. There have been a few book that have given me a new perspective on an issue I already believed in. A book that made me want to answer the call for action. 'Crossing Oceans' by Gina Holmes is a real heart-wrenching book about a mother's love and making the hard sacrifices and it made me realize how fragile life is. It made me want to work on being a better person today in case there's no tomorrow. Also, '10 reasons why' by Jay Asher hits close to home because I was in high school when I first read it and had several friends who would talk to me about how much they hated their life and the now all too common thoughts of suicide young people deal with. I finished that book and made more effort to reach out to people who were quiet, who might just need a friend to sit with at lunch, ect. It was a really jarring read.

CB: Do you have any tips or advice for new book bloggers?

Plan. Plan. and then Plan some more. Blogging is such a cool hobby, so you don't have to take it so seriously; but if you're like me and want to not only have fun but do a service for fellow book lovers- put in the effort. Create goals like: at least 1 new post a week, or 4 reviews written in two weeks, and then strive to make your blog as professional as possible. Many choose to put the money into hiring a designer or buying a domain, but you don't have to do that. Spend some time tinkering on Photoshop so you can be your own designer. Have a game plan and try to be unique and different from everything that's already out. There's a blog born every minuet, be better. Be professional and courteous with all your guests and the people you meet/talk with because you can form some really advantageous relationships/business connections that can aide you in the real world and find some wonderful new friends in the process. And finally: Have fun! When it stops being fun, it's ruins everything for you. Don't take on more than you can chew but have a ball at the buffet ;)

CB: What are you reading now?

FINALLY: 'Yours Until Dawn' by Teresa Medeiros

Crazy Quiz

Name 1 Guilty pleasure

Strawberry Coolatta from Dunkin Donuts!

Morning or Night

Night. (I am such a nocturnal person. I don't really get started with my day until 6pm!)

Time Travel: Future or Past?

If I have to interact and live in the period, I'd say: Future. If I could be a bystander, like a ghost or something, and just visit for a while to see how things really are,: Past (1800's in England- Regency, Victorian, Edwardian eras!)

E-Readers or The Real Deal?

The Real Deal. I enjoy the ebooks I get to read and it is very convenient, but I will always be old school and opt for a paperback or hardcover. I am sentimentalist !

Favourite Childhood book

'Arthur's Computer Disaster' by Marc Brown

Thank you so much Rita. It is a pleasure having you at The Crazy Bookworm!

Thanks for having me! Happy Readings to you and all the other Crazy Bookworms out there!

Be sure to head on over to Rita's blog 'Not Another Romance Blog' and say hello!

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