Book Expo America is turning out to be action-packed, at the show in NYC as well as online for Armchair BEA! Today we feature an interview with a book blogger, Heather from Capricious Reader, http://www.capriciousreader.com/. See what Heather has to say about blogging, what authors should know, and be sure to check out her blog!
1. What have you enjoyed most about having a book blog?
Oooooo good question! Making bookish friends, most definitely! It was one of main reasons I started my blog. I don’t know any one who reads like I do in my off-line life. My online bookish friends have been amazing additions to my life. They are irreplaceable!
2. What are some of your favorite book so far this year?
You like to ask the hard hitting questions! Okay. First book that comes to mind is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I haven’t reviewed it yet simply because I don’t know where to begin. It’s epic. And I fell hard, head over heels, in love with it. The next that comes to mind is Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike. It is one of the best memoirs I’ve read in awhile, which is deceptive because I don’t read a lot of memoirs. It was still excellent, believe me!
3. If you could only bring three books with you to a deserted island, which ones would you bring?
Firstly, the Bible. With all the time in the world to read, maybe I’ll finally be able to understand it! Secondly, my all-in-one Lord of the Rings hardbound book. It’s beautiful and I can never seem to find the time to read it! Lastly…uh… my Chronicles of Narnia hardbound edition. That way I’ll really have 11 books with me. *grin*
4. Do you have a favorite spot to read in?
A nice, hot, relaxing bath.
5. What is your all-time favorite book?
Every time I get asked this, the first book that comes to mind is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I just adore that book.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite author? If so, who?
I don’t really do favorite authors because eventually they disappoint me. I do have favorite books. BUT, if I HAD to pick, I would probably say Patrick Rothfuss, mainly because I am still so in love with The Name of the Wind. Or Terry Pratchett. Or Susan Hill. Or Joanne Harris. Or JK Rowling. Or Melissa Marr. Cassandra Clare. Or Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, Bram Stoker, Jeff Smith, Bill Willingham…
I think you get the idea.
7. What should authors know about book bloggers?
I think it’s important for them to remember that we (most of us anyway) are doing this for fun. This isn’t profitable for us; we do this because we love them, their work, and we want to celebrate that. We’re (most of us) not in it to sell books. We are in it for the discussion, with each other, with other authors, with anyone who loves to talk books! Lastly, authors should know that we love them and when they comment on a review of their book, it seriously makes our day.
8. What advice do you have for authors seeking reviews, interviews, etc.?
Check out our blog. Get to know us a little bit. If it looks like we’ve read similar books, or we read that genre, and then yes, please ask if we’ll review your book. A personal touch goes a long, LONG way towards making us want to read your book. I got a pitch from an author the other day who had taken the time to find out that I had two children, one of whom was sick, and hoped said child was feeling better. That meant a LOT to me and really made me want to read the book.
Great interview! And thanks for participating in our round-robin interviews! They are randomly assigned, so one of my favorite things is seeing who gets matched up with whom. Sometimes the bloggers are complete opposites, and others find a ton of similarities, like in your interview. I hope you had fun and were able to make some new blogging friends!
Thank you for the opportunity! It was fun to interview Heather – I follow a lot of bloggers as part of my job and it’s always fun to learn more about them… and I never pass up the chance to share some advice for authors.
i love Heather’s responses to the questions about author involvement. it’s so true that the tiniest bit of engagement with them is so meaningful to us, particularly when they take the time to make it personal. wonderful interview. thank you for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! It really means a lot to hear directly from bloggers 🙂