Book Blogger Q&A: Adrianne Ambrose

The 33rd post in our Book Blogger Q&A series features Adrianne Ambrose.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

Three years, I think. I started my blog when I was nominated for a WGA award for best writing in a video game for Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble. (We lost to Star Wars) I thought I would use my blog for promoting my books (What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader, Confessions of a Virgin Sacrifice, the Fraggle Rock graphic novel, Betty and Veronica: We’re with the Band) but it quickly morphed into book reviews.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I’m usually reading a fiction book, a non-fiction and listening to a recorded book at any given time. I’ve never counted, but I’d say at least 40 or 50. I don’t review them all and I never review a book that I don’t like. Why bring someone else’s creative efforts down just because they don’t appeal to me?

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Star Bellied Sneetches by Dr. Seuss was one of my favorites. My mom explained the story to me and it’s really stuck with me over the years.

What are you reading at the moment?

Queenpin by Megan Abbott – noir and very intense. I highly recommend it.

If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

Unwind by Neal Shusterman. It’s a very disturbing read, but also very good. I have a literary crush on Shusterman. He can handle some tough topics but also be very funny.

Who are you three favourite authors?

That’s too difficult of a questions, I’m going to revise it to three of my favorite classic authors:

John Steinbeck – He could make you laugh and cry in the page.

Jane Austen – Yes, I am a female and she was subversively funny when it came to human behavior. If you don’t like her, you’re just not paying close enough attention.

Mark Twain – This is kind of a suck-up answer because we are related, but I think I would like him anyway.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

See my third answer. I’ve never been a sucker for the latest fad or admired someone just for having stars on thars.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

I’m excited about my friend Andrew P. Mayer’s book The Falling Machine (shameless plug). It’s the first in the Society of Steam series.

If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?

  • Bertie Wooster – He’d try to steal my cow creamer.
  • Harry Flashman – Any documentation of the dinner would only list him as an unidentified guest even though he’d cause a scuffle.
  • Ada Doom – She saw something nasty in the woodshed.
  • Elizabeth Bennett – Pert remarks and fine eyes.
  • Lorelie Lee – The evening would end with her being engaged to Bertie until Jeeves devised a plan to get him out of it. Still, he’d have to leave her with at least a bangle or two.

Of course none of these people would get along with each other and that’s just bad hostessing when creating a guest list for dinner.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Use spell check. Throw some images in there if possible. Don’t get snarky because it’s better not to put more negativity out on the net. There’s enough already.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Thanks to Adrianne for answering our questions.

Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter. Adrianne also has a new book coming out. It’s called Fangs for Nothing.

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