I've been lucky enough to be interviewed, hosted or promoted at many of these places and found it intriguing to interview them about their passion and love of books and authors.
Please welcome my next guest - Cath from My Book Chatter...
Book Blog: My Book Chatter
Blogger Bio: *snort* I hate describing myself but here goes…
I’ve been reading since the age of four, and think people that don’t enjoy the art of escapism are missing out and I will try to convert them!
I’m happily married to an awesome non-reader truck driver who works too many hours and has so far evaded my conversion techniques (I will never give up, never surrender!) .
I have three gorgeous and crazy daughters, who often drive me bonkers with their daily trials and tribulations, but I wouldn’t change them for anything – they are my world.
I LOVE books, food, and coffee – all in excess, and I’m probably a couple cans short of a six-pack! (Translation: I have a few loose screws/the lights are on but nobody’s home/I’m away with the fairies/loopy/weird…you get the idea!!) .
I would love to one day write my own book, but lack the skill and patience to put in the hard yards, so I’ll continue to read other peoples stories. I’m honest, tend to swear like a trooper, and I love hard and forever.
Web address: http://mybookchatterchat.blogspot.com .au
Review preferences: I will read just about anything but prefer:
- Paranormal Romance
- Urban Fantasy
- Young Adult/Teen Fiction
- Contemporary Romance (or any mixture of the above!)
What inspired you to begin your blog? To be honest I was feeling disillusioned and a little cheated by some of the books I was reading.
They had all these really great and often gushing reviews and 5 star ratings, and I found them to be full of over clichéd characters and unimaginative plots. I was often left confused and perplexed – was I the only one that didn’t get it, that didn’t enjoy the book?
I guess I just wanted to add my voice to the mix, for someone to hear my opinion.
Do you have a favorite part of the job? When someone contacts me to let me know that they have loved a book that they otherwise wouldn’t have read if not for my review, that just blows my mind!
What hazards come with the territory? My reviews have been known to offend people to the point that they feel the need to send me hate mail! It sounds strange I know, but there have been a couple of books that I didn’t particularly enjoy, and upon reading my review, hardcore fans felt the need to email me nasty messages that included lots of swearing and threats of bodily harm.
I usually just ignore them, or email them back thanking them for their comments - LOL!
Top 10 books: Are you crazy?! That’s a super hard question to answer!
Oh gosh, MY top 10 books of all time would be…
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
- Charlotte's Web by EB White
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- The Never-Ending Story by Michael Ende
- IT by Stephen King
- The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier
- Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- Lightning by Dean Koontz
- The BDB series by JR Ward (probably just the first 6 though)
- The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh (I can’t choose just one!)
Auto-buy authors: There used to be so many more but I’ve gotten picky lately: Nalini Singh, Melissa Pearl, T.G.Ayer, Jeaniene Frost, Anna Campbell, Merrie Destefano, Pamela Palmer, and *grins like a loon* Kylie Griffin.
Things that make you go "Ahhh" in a book? I’m a sucker for unrequited love, especially when a girl is completely oblivious to her best friend being in total never-hurt-her-in-a-million-years, I-want-to-treasure-you-forever kind of love.
And it sounds simple but I love an honest emotional connection; when my heart beats a crazy tattoo in my chest, or I’m crying uncontrollable rivers of tears… whether it’s between me and a character, or between the 2 MC’s of the story - but it has to feel real and unadulterated. It can turn an “Ahhh” moment in to an “Ahhh” book.
Most memorable author interview? I haven’t done many interviews on my blog, but I recently had author Toni Kenyon visit with a guest post and she did an excellent job.
There was lots of funny banter between us and people leaving comments and it was like having an awesome day out with a close friend, I had a lot of fun.
You can follow My Book Chatter on her blog, Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.