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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW: Day 2: Book Blogger Interview

Welcome back to day two of .....

Today's posts are all about the bloggers themselves and so with no further ado, I'd like to introduce you to my interview partner for this event.  Annie!  *~*waving*~*  Annie runs a rather interesting show over at Reading, Writing, and Ranting with a very fetching background indeed!  In true Insatiable Reader style, we're going with the casual and friendly approach to this question/answer session.  Let's take a moment to indulge in learning a bit more about this fellow blogger and what makes both her and her blog go round....take it away!


The inspiration for me to start my blog came from....I began blogging because I needed a creative outlet during a difficult period in my life. At first, my posts were very personal and they really did help me overcome some difficult issues – I felt less alone by expressing my grief. However it was during that period that I used reading as a form of escapism and very soon found myself writing reviews. After a short period of time I’d transitioned from online diary to book blogger.

I chose Reading, Writing and Ranting as my blog's title because....they seemed to be primarily what my posts were about! Book reviews, thoughts about wanting to be a published writer and the odd rant about bad hair cuts and poorly stocked bookstores.

The types of books I review....Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Young Adult and the odd Contemporary Romance.

On the flip side...the genres I avoid reviewing....Crime (I’m a big chicken)

Regarding negative reviews....I’ll write my honest opinion about a book and don’t shy from writing a negative review. You won’t find many negative reviews on my blog though because since book blogging, I rarely read a ‘bad book’ anymore. Usually, I buy my fiction because a blogger with similar tastes has recommended it. It’s normally a pretty fail-proof system.

Special features on my blog include....No special features at the moment. I have to admit that most of my blogging energy is now devoted to Royal Reviews!

My favorite add-on tool or widget on my blog is....the Goodreads widgets!

If I had to choose between a physical book and an eBook, my choice would be....Because I’m in Australia and don’t have an eReader – definitely a physical book.

My favorite genre is....anything historical

My favorite book is....Kingdom of Shadows by Barbara Erskine and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My favorite author is....Barbara Erskine

On my nightstand....Bewitching Season by Marrisa Doyle, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Hand of Isis by Jo Graham and Pharaoh by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (not all of them will be read though!)

My favorite time of day to read is....evening but I absolutely love mid-afternoon weekend reading.

I started reading....when I was very young with Enid Blighton’s Folk of the Faraway Tree.

One of the book blogs I frequent most is....Historical Tapestry

One word of advice to fellow book bloggers....Protect your privacy and do your best to distance your online identity from your real life identity. It seems simple but I wasn’t careful enough when I first started and consequently exposed myself to be contacted by someone I did not wish to interact with. Even if you think your blog isn’t linked to your name, try Googling yourself and see if you get a connection. I was surprised to find this after I’d been contacted and it caused me to seriously consider closing my blog.

Additional comments I would like to share....

Thanks to the BBAW ladies for organizing these blogger interviews and thank you so much to Gina for having me on her blog!
Thank you, Annie for the wonderful review!  There are quite a few jewels of information in there to carry forward as well as several well-recommended books for future reads.  I hope everyone had as much fun with this post as I did.  Celebrate BBAW and check out Reading, Writing, and Ranting today!  Happy reading!


Heather J. said...

I loved meeting both of you ladies!

Petty Witter said...

Thanks for that interview - I shall be certain to pay Annie a visit.

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