Been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it’s nice to know someone out there is enjoying my blog, so thank you to Raney from Vook: Books + Video Games. Definitely an interesting blog worth checking out.
1. What inspired you to create your blog?
My friend M.L. LeGette suggested I start one up. I love reading books and I’d written plenty of reviews, and she thought I’d do good on a blog. And it’s been wonderful. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of amazing authors along the way, interviewing them and reading their books, and it’s nice to get to help get the word out there about their works. Plus as an aspiring writer, it’s good to know you’re not the only one going through such struggles. Having people to talk to that know all about the ups and downs of writing is helpful and supportive.
2. What is your favorite book? And what book did you read that you think is overrated and why?
My favorite book? Geez, that’s always the toughest question. I love so many books for so many reasons. Over the years my main choice has always been The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I love Burroughs’ writings, and this one in particular always held a lot for me. Fighting for freedom, and just being the normal gungho American swooping in to lead a country in a revolution.
But more recently I think I’d have to say my favorite has become Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve read this book, and really the first 3 books, over and over again. I love how Yelena is in just the absolute worst situation you could ever imagine, and she drags herself up by taking every opportunity presented to her. She turns people who should’ve been enemies into loyal friends, and she fights for survival in a way that’s just inspiring. I love the book for so many reasons and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Overrated… I don’t know. I’ve always said that no book is universally liked, and just because I don’t like a book doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be liked by others. With that being said, the only one that comes to mind is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. While I definitely believe it should be considered a classic, and it is great writing, I think it’s overrated by those who consider it a good love story. In fact I do wonder if those people who’ve said such have actually read the book. It’s pretty messed up on so many levels, and I don’t consider any of the emotions in this book to truly be love.
3. What is your favorite animal? How did you come to love that animal?
I’d have to say a miniature schnauzer, but that’s probably just because I love my dog, George. She’s awesome, and yes it’s a girl named George. But they are super soft, extremely intelligent, and loyal. Sometimes she can be a real pain in the butt, but she’s brought me so much joy, and always there to cheer me up when I’m down.
4. What books are you looking forward to reading this year?
Oooo so many to look forward too. I don’t know necessarily about books that are coming out this year, if this is what it’s about. But I do know I got about a 100 books on my bookshelf to read, and way more than that on my Kindle, so really I’m looking forward to a lot of good stories this year.
5. What are your thoughts on video games? Why do you see video games in this way?
I like them, because they’re fun. Although I’m not much of a gamer. Though occasionally I’ll get sucked in. Like Halo: The Master Chief Collection on my new Xbox One 500GB Console – Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle, though I prefer playing that with my husband. Mainly cause I kind of suck at it, and definitely need a partner in there to cover me. Mostly I’m more of a Stardew Valley kind of girl. Growing me some crops and mining. Fighting the occasional slime monster. It’s how I roll.
6. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced since creating your blog? How did you overcome that challenge?
Mainly just keeping up regular posts. Trying to knock out books quickly, but making sure I still take the time to enjoy them so it doesn’t just become a job. Really no big challenges. It’s been fun, and the people I’ve met have been nice and helpful for the most part. Helping me figure out how to get this all working like I need it too.
7. Recall one of your favorite places to travel. What do you enjoy about this place and what are some of your favorite memories that you’ve created there?
While I have in fact lived all over, I haven’t just traveled for the fun of it that much. Though I will say living in Alaska wasn’t so bad. Though I’d much rather visit than live there, cause all that snow is just too much for me to handle. But it is beautiful to see any time of the year, and I did meet my husband there.
8. What are some of your writing habits?
Well, I get an idea, and then I write it. I wish I had better habits, focused more, and maybe I’d finally finish writing a book one day. My writing is all over the place though. I have journals filled with ideas, and bits and pieces of stories. I have several different stories written. And then of course I write for the blog regularly. That is mainly focused on reviews, but I do often write about my own thoughts and opinions on different subjects. I like writing, and pushing myself to be better at it, and learning to better use the full breath of the English language to express myself.
9. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Why?
A night owl, and I think I was just born that way. But I’ve never been able to get up in the morning that well, and I’m always more creative at night. I can stay up till 4 in the morning writing or painting when I’m on a roll. Because if I’m doing good work then I don’t want to quit until I can’t keep my eyes open.
10. What are some of your favorite television shows, both from your childhood and currently? Why did you enjoy the shows you watched as a child and why do you like the shows you watch now?
Picking a favorite television show is almost as hard as picking a favorite book. I find it funny how a lot of people assume since I’m such a book nerd that I must not watch a lot of TV, but I pretty much watch non-stop TV.
When I was a kid probably like Bugs Bunny, because well those cartoons were amazing, and watching them now as an adult the jokes are so much funnier. Silly people worrying about adult humor in such is crazy, cause kids don’t get that junk but the adults having to watch with them get to enjoy as well. I mean honestly it’s hard to differentiate between when I was a kid and now cause I still watch a lot of those shows, and some I just started as an adult. Like Adventure Time, which that probably shouldn’t be watched by kids. But is AMAZING!!! It speaks to both the small child in men and the messed up adult. So wonderful.
However, more adulty shows would have to be Leverage. Got a good sense of humor to it, and I love how they trick people and con them, but all in the name of good. Really good role reversals, cause they should be seen as the bad guys breaking the laws, but you’re rooting for them and hope the law never catches them. Wish a team like that actually existed. Watched this show over and over again; thank goodness for Netflix. Though it’s hard to say about current shows because so many I love keep getting cancelled in the first season, thanks a lot stupid networks that won’t give anyone half a chance.
11. What is your dream job? What are you doing now to one day get that job?
Famous author. Writing books and doing the blog thing. I just know it’s gonna happen.