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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

INDUSTRY: Interview with...My Bookish Ways

I thought it might be of interest to showcase some of the great book bloggers and bookstores that specialise and help promote the romance genre.

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 guests - Kristin from My Bookish Ways...

Book Blog:
My Bookish Ways
My Bookish Ways (Kristin Centorcelli) has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
Web address: www.mybookishways.com
Review preferences: Urban fantasy/Sci-fi/Suspense
Highlights of your blog: I do interviews. Lots of interviews.

What inspired you to begin your blog?
Actually, it’s mostly a “who” that inspired me: Jessica (aka The Spinecracker). I guest reviewed a few times for her blog, and she told me I should start my own.

Since my book pile is actually what most people would call a book mountain, I thought it might be fun to tackle my own blog.

Do you have a favorite part of the job?
I get a huge kick out of interviewing authors. Love it.

What hazards come with the territory?
Review-wise? Deadlines. I now review for Mystery Scene Magazine and Library Journal, and deadlines are the name of the game.

I actually sort of like having deadlines, because I do well with them, and it gets my butt in gear, but it still stresses me out. 

Top 10 books:
Just 10??? But, there are SO many. There may be more than 10 in this list, and I blatantly cheated by adding some of my favorite series (because it’s SO hard to pick a fave out of a series.) I kept it to the supernatural/horror realm, because if I get into suspense, you’ll be reading this all day, possibly all week.
  1. The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner
  2. Watchers and Lightning by Dean Koontz
  3. The Terror (and Carrion Comfort) by Dan Simmons
  4. Spellcast by Barbara Ashford
  5. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  6. Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs
  7. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
  8. Breed by Chase Novak
  9. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  1. Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
  2. The Collector series by Chris F. Holm
  3. The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne
  4. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  5. Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
  6. Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry
  7. Miriam Black series by Chuck Wendig
  8. Madeleine Roux’s Zombie series
  9. The Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells
  10. The October Daye series and Newsflesh series by Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant)
  11. Jesse Petersen’s Living With the Dead series
  12. Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series
  13. The Dresden Files, anything by Stephen Blackmoore
  14. The Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre
and the list goes on...

Auto-buy authors:
Oh good! A chance to list more authors :-D See list above, AND…
Rachel Caine, Karina Cooper, Marianne de Pierres, Caitlin Kittredge, James Herbert, Diana Rowland, Suzanne McLeod, Kim Wilkins, Jonathan Barnes, Elaine Cunningham, Richard Kadrey,  Devon Monk, Daniel Hecht, Myke Cole, Teresa Frohock, Sophie Littlefield, Joe McKinney, Vicki Pettersson, Mike Shevdon, Ilona Andrews, Mike Carey…hey, you asked! What’s super scary is this is in NO WAY a complete list!

It’s a wonder that I’m actually able to do things like pay bills and eat, isn’t it? 

Things that make you go "Ahhh" in a book?
 Wow, that’s kind of a hard one. There’s always a feeling I get when I start a book that I end up loving, kind of a fluttery, stomach butterfly sort of thing, where I just know it’s going to be good.

Probably the most important thing for me is that I need to be able to connect with the characters. If I don’t get invested in anyone, a book can fall flat.

Most memorable author interview?
There are two that immediately come to mind (although I love them all). Jonathan Maberry was my first interview, so that one is very memorable, plus he’s a great guy and an excellent interviewee.

Also, really enjoyed Dave Freer, author of The Steam Mole and Cuttlefish. He’s very different, very funny, and very original.

Kristin, thanks so much for being a part of my guest blogger series!


  1. Hooray for Kristin! She rocks.

  2. a great interview with one of my favorite bloggers! :D