If you would like to be interviewed please comment here. Include your email and blog link!
Today I have Katie from http://www.sophistikatied.blogspot.com/ here to chat.
1. When did you decide that you wanted to review books?
I've been a big fan of the book blogging scene since the beginning of the year, so I guess you could say around January- when I was introduced to them. I knew that professionals reviewed books, but when I realized that normal people were doing it as well, I was completely hooked. I became somewhat depedent on some reviews before I bought a book, which never let me down. It wasn't until August though that I finally sucked it up my nervousness and made a blog. I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner, it's awesome!
2. Who has helped you the most when it came to starting your own blog?
I'd have to say Kristi from The Story Siren and Lenore from Presenting Lenore. Though they didn't help me indirectly, they both have amazing tips/advice that I studied religiously before I actually made the blog. It'd probably be a complete mess right now if not for their guidance!
3. What blogger inspires you?
Some of the first blogs I discovered quickly became my favorite. I was really inspired by the bloggers of Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf, Katie's Book Blog, Carrie's YA Bookshelf, The Book Cellar and many others. Also, I have to add The Story Siren again. I think of Kristi as like the momma of all book bloggers.
4. Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite?
This is a tricky question since I don't really read every single book from the same author. My favorite author list changes up a lot, but right now the top two are Maggie Stiefvater and Carrie Ryan. Shiver, by Maggie, was probably one of the best books I've ever read, and I can easily say she'll be on my permanent favorite list for a long time. I think The Forest Of Hands And Teeth was the only story Carrie Ryan has released right now, but it's amazing as well.
5. What is one unique thing you do on your blog?
I'd say Fan Art Friday. I haven't seen any other YA book bloggers do it yet, so it can be categorized in the unique zone. Every friday I post fan art inspired by novels, and offer the chance for people to send me their own to be featured. So far, I've just been making my own mock movie posters, but I hope that in the future I'll start getting some pieces from others to post!
6. Have you ever met any authors face to face? If so, who?
Sadly, no. I always complain about this, but authors rarely come to Michigan, where I live. Maybe they are, and I'm just missing the memos. I'm always alert for in-store signings/book launches though, but no such luck yet.
7. On an average how many books do you get each month?
Hm .. I'd say about fifteen? Probably less. I'm dependent upon the library and hardcore sales at bookstores, so I don't get to read new novels as much as I'd like to- especially with the incredibly lame YA selection at my library. It takes about three years for them to actually get new books in!
8. Anything you want us to know about you?
I'm currently in the process of writing my own YA novel. It's always been a huge dream of mine to be a published author. I'm in a huge self-doubt rut right now, but I'm working my butt off on it. Hopefully in the future, my fellow book bloggers will be reviewing my story! Fingers crossed!