1) What was your inspiration for writing your blog?
"I just wanted a single, solo place to write about my love of books. I had an old Livejournal account that I used as a diary of sorts but wanted something a bit more book focused, so I branched out to blogger and now I've just transferred to Wordpress.
My real inspiration is that I just want to get out the thoughts in my head. I love to chat about books and other things and it was a nice place to put everything and possibly get feedback. It's a great way to connect and reach out. You never know if a post you do will help out someone else in some way."
2) What were the main challenges that you faced when starting your blog and what are the challenges that you continue to face?
"Being noticed, I guess. I felt like a nobody in a sea of cool people. I had to slowly work out that you don't need to write your blog for other people; write for yourself. I was also unsure how to make contacts and all the unwritten rules about approaching people and how to blog politely. It all comes with practice and polite questions.
The challenges that I continue to face? I suppose the main thing is keeping up the energy to blog at all. It takes time that you often don't have spare the older you get. I also can't be bothered with all the politics and stuff that seems to part of the community. Like with any group of people, there are falling outs, difference of opinion and gossip. It's not totally a bad thing but I think it can spiral out of control and I have found myself stressed out with it all and in tears over complete nonsense. I try and avoid it all now and focus on my own blog instead. I'd rather someone be honest to my face than hear the whisperings on the grapevine..."
3) As a child or young teenager did you want to be a book blogger and if so, is it as you expected?
"I don't remember book bloggers being a thing when I was a child/teen. I think blogs were only just getting off the ground on a large scale and I don't even remember who I followed at the time!"
4) Who are the bloggers and writers that have influenced you?
"Gah! The list is endless but there are a few that inspired me to do my book blog initially. Jenny from Wondrous Reads, Viv from Serendipity Reviews and Emma from Book Angel Booktopia. These three were some of the top bloggers I looked up to when I started out.
As for authors; there are many that have been big time supporters of me and my blog. Keris Stainton, Zoë Marriott, Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Andy Robb, Sarwat Chadda, C.J.Skuse, Jana Oliver, Cat Clarke, Tanya Byrne, S F Said and Jonathan Stroud. I know I've probably missed out a few but my brain is a bit swiss cheese-like sometimes! Sorry!"
5) What are your favourite blogs / who are your favourite book bloggers?
"I love loads of bloggers but bloggers and blogs I like to read are Viv from Serendipity Reviews who has great guest posts, Darran from ShinraAlpha who has fab reviews, Bookc*nt who is brutally honest and funny & Zoë Marriott's blog posts are lengthy but worth every second of the scroll-down. Other bloggers who are ace are Jesse Owen from That Jesse Bloke, Raimy from Readaraptor, Andrew from PewterWolf and Darran from BookZone for Boys."
6) What's in your reading pile currently?
"Far too many books! I have things I bought years ago that I've just never picked up and new books I've been sent for review. The next few I'm eyeing up for a read is Frail Human Heart by Zoë Marriott, Them by Jon Ronson, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart and Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten."
7) What is your all time favourite book?
"I have a few that I would class as my favourites. My moods change and I can't ever just have one. Currently I love Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4 by Sue Townsend."