One of my favorite aspects of being a writer and book lover is being part of such an awesome community. I’ve met so many lovely people who have shared in my adventure over the past couple of years. That’s why I’m really excited about this part of The Great Noveling Adventure, when you give us the opportunity to share in your adventure!
I’m also SO excited to present today’s guest interview to you. I got to interview one of my good friends and fellow bloggers, Mary H.! Mary is a book blogger and reviewer who writes at Mary Had a Little Book Blog. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mary for many years, since we were kids in school together, and one thing we’ve always had in common is our love of books (and particularly YA books). Mary’s writing is witty and engaging, and although she’s focusing on her blog right now, I would gladly pick up and jump into anything she wrote. Be sure to check out Mary’s blog, which is full of YA goodness and awesome giveaways!
1. Describe yourself in four words.
Avid reader, amateur writer
2. How did your writing adventure begin? (When did you know you wanted to be a writer?)
When I was 11, my mom lent me a copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone, and I hated it because of the first chapter. One month later, I received a copy from my aunt for Christmas and felt compelled to read the whole thing as it was a present. I knew then that I wanted to work in the publishing industry in some capacity.
3. What stage of your noveling adventure are you at right now?
I’m still in the reading and blogging stage. I get ideas for stories or hear something funny, and file those away in notebooks or on my phone, but I’m not at a stage of actually writing anything more than reviews yet.
4. What book or writer has inspired you?
J.K. Rowling, obviously. I’ve also been a longtime fan of Meg Cabot and Suzanne Collins. Also Jennifer Echols, Richelle Mead, and Ally Carter. There are many, many more, but I would say these six women are the ones whose writing has influenced and touched me the most. They are the writers I pre-order months in advance no matter what the story.
5. What are you working on right now?
My blog. While I would like to write someday, I really enjoy book blogging. It’s fun and relaxing, but it’s also led to some great opportunities and new friends. My blog is seven months old so I’ve had some time to experiment with it. Now I’m just trying to improve it and get the word out.
6. What inspired you to write it?
I was initially inspired by Mia from Gripped Into Books. Hers was the first blog I followed with any regularity. I began planning my blog and everything, but I didn’t start it up. Last year, I moved from Tennessee to Texas and wanted a fresh start with everything. Jodi Meadows was hosting a giveaway for an ARC of Asunder so I used that as an opportunity to post my first review. Haven’t looked back since.
7. What’s a quick, three-song playlist for your book?
Hmm…the three songs that inspired my latest novel idea are “Summer Love” by One Direction (don’t judge, those boys are adorable), “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line (with or without Nelly), and “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional.
8. Are you a Plotter or Pantser?
It depends what I’m writing. I vaguely plot reviews by going over the topic points I want to hit. This usually happens late at night right after I finish a book, but I don’t write it down. Then the review itself just kind of comes out when I’m typing. My creative writing is heavily pre-written so lots of character background, setting details, etc., but very few plot points. I always liked writing essays and short stories for school all in one sitting so you could say I’m a pantser with some plotter tendencies.
9. What’s your favorite part of writing?
I like the sense that I’m doing something worthwhile with my time. My family doesn’t get my obsession with books or my blog, but to me, this is the kind of creative endeavor that is worth my time. Doing something I love and seeing people respond positively is simply the greatest feeling.
10. What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to fellow adventurers?
Be friendly to everybody! The book community is large but feels small. Make friends with everybody: authors, readers, publishers, bloggers, and try to keep out of any disagreements you may come across.
As promised, here’s your third chance to win some goodies! It’s summer, which to me means Sarah Dessen books. I don’t know about you, but I was super excited when her new book, The Moon and More, came out last month. I couldn’t wait to go back to Dessen’s fictional idyllic beach town of Colby, North Carolina.
I want to give you the opportunity to enjoy this awesome beach read this summer, so I’ll be giving away a copy of The Moon and More, along with a chapter critique! To keep with Serena and Sarah’s guidelines, no more than 3000 words, please. This giveaway will end on July 10. Good luck!