Monday, February 13, 2012

Interview with a Blogger: One A Day Y.A.

Meet Erika, from ONE A DAY Y.A.

Tell us 3 random things about yourself?

1. I have a healthy obsession with decorating, architecture and documentary tv shows.
2. Along with blogging, I am also in the middle of writing a few books and short stories. Exciting!
3. I love anything handmade or one of a kind.

  What inspired you to start book blogging?

I guess I wanted my reading to mean more than just another book checked off the to-read pile. After giving birth to my daughter and spending a lot time alone with her I began to read a lot.
One day I found myself questioning what I was doing. What was the point of reading all these books if I had no one to share my enjoyment of them with? My mom and sister are huge readers but much of what we read doesn’t cross over.
Then one day on Goodreads I saw our group moderator of The Next Best Book Club had a blog. I’d actually never even heard of book blogs before. It was really an eye opener. And I thought hey, this is a great idea!
For a long time not many people showed up except the authors who I reviewed but it felt so amazing knowing that I could encourage them by writing out my thoughts. After that, I was hooked!  

Why did you decide to have 2 book blogs?
Suddenly Books is very eclectic. I also focus a lot more on indie and self published books. I wanted a place to get away from the mess that "eclectic" can sometimes make me feel. I love all these books but sometimes I just want focus.
Since I love YA books I thought I’d make another blog just for that age group. I could focus on some of the really big hits and participate in lot of the fun memes. And when I first started I was participating in a lot of them. Trust me. Those at Suddenly Books would not have wanted to hear about YA books that many times a week.
I love both of them equally and hope readers of both are having fun alongside me.

If you could only save 3 books from your bookshelf, which 3 would you take?

Divergent by Veronica Roth (signed!)

Winging It by Deborah Cooke – UK version (signed, and my words are printed on the cover :O)
My kindle (Yes. I cheat )
But I wouldn’t really go straight for the books. I’d go straight for my daughter!

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

I can’t live without my family.

If you could invite 5 people to dinner(Dead or Alive, Fact or Fiction) Who would you invite?

1. My biological grandfather – mainly because I’ve never had the chance to meet him. He died when my father was a toddler and my grandmother got remarried to a remarkable man. But I’ve always wanted to meet my biological grandfather. He was an immigrant to Canada and I would have loved to hear from him about why he decided to come here and what the journey was like.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio – a tween heart throb. I can’t resist!
3. Cliffard Geertz – an American anthropologist, now deceased. I took social anthropology in university and he was one that really blew my mind and made me think differently about what people in the field were doing. I would love to hear his stories of the places he’s been and the people he knew.
4. Ellen C. Maze – an awesome indie Christian writer (my favourite Christian writer). I’ve gotten to know her a bit through her blog, interviews, and email. I keep imagining myself meeting her and just wanting to give her a giant hug :D
5. Veronica Roth – but mostly I would hold her food hostage until she told me more stories taking place in the world of Divergent!

Your favourite book series?

This is such a hard question! It’s like asking me what my favourite book is. This is constantly changing depending on my mood, what genre I’m into at the moment, and not helped by the fact that I’m always starting new series and haven’t finished very many of them yet But I will try...let’s see I think
The Rabbit series by Ellen C. Maze, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, and Divergent by Veronica Roth (yes, there is only one book so far and I’m already declaring this one of my favourite series!).

  Do you have any blogging must haves(i.e. Music playing, snacks, etc)

Space - I could blog with or without snacks, music, tv, shouting or quiet. But I can’t blog with people trying to jump on me, talk to me, reading over my shoulder, etc.
A calendar – To mark down when I’m going to post my reviews, interviews, and everything else. If I didn’t have a calendar I’d be stuck in a perpetual "deer caught in headlights" mode. It also helps to know when authors and blog tours are coming by so I don’t double book them.

If you could only recommend one book to someone, which book would it be?

I think I’d have to go with 1984 by George Orwell. It’s the best dystopian novel I have ever read. I still can’t believe how many words and phrases in the news and media came from this book. And it has always been very relevant. Not only that, it’s also a love story.

What is your favourite part of book blogging?

Getting to know the authors. From the most popular to the little guy who hasn’t even published his (or her) book yet. These are all amazing people and I wish I had more time to get to know all of them. They are what really motivates me to keep going and to read more. I want everyone to get to know them too and read their books!

What advice would you give to new book bloggers?

This is my motto – "Don’t be afraid". This world of ours is a very big place. It’s okay to make mistakes and ask for help. So don’t be afraid to ask your favourite authors if they’d like to appear on your blog, participate in things with other bloggers, make friends, or try something new.
Crazy Quiz

Favourite childhood book? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Vampires or Werewolves? vampires

Name one guilty pleasure? Candy

Favourite Film? The Princess Bride

Twilight or Harry Potter? Hmm...I read Twilight but saw the Harry Potter movies. But if you are talking about story I would go with Harry Potter.

Thanks for stopping by, Erika! It is a pleasure having you!
Thanks for having me, Cathy!

Stop by Erika's Blog One A Day Y.A. or Suddenly Books and say Hello!

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  1. Thank you for having me on today, Cathy!

  2. Great interview, and I loved learning more about Erika! How honored I am that you mentioned me so fondly. Sending giant HUGS from the Rabbit's Den in Alabama :-) ~ Ellen C. Maze


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