Amanda-Lee from StoryWings kindly agreed to contribute to our Book Blogger Q&A series, becoming the 63rd participant so far.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I have been a book blogger for just over 1.5 years, 2 yrs in December.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
That varies greatly from year to year for me, I average about 90 books a year now that I am a book blogger.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I have a few sets of favorites from different stages of my childhood. When I was very young, about 5, my favorite stories were the Grimm Tales, and pretty much any fairytale I could get my hands on. When I was 10 the Harry Potter series fell into my hands and that has continued to be a favorite of mine. The Lemony Snicket series came when I was 12 or so and that remains another favorite, my mum bought me the first 10 books of the series for me for Christmas one year after I saw them in a shop, and I’ve loved and continuously re-read them ever since. When I was 13 I started branching out, I was devouring books faster than I could check them out of the library and I was growing tired of kiddie stories, I picked up The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb. I have loved it ever since.
What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I am reading four books at once. Earth Blend by Lori Pescatore, Accidentally Dead by Dakota Cassidy, The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W Hill and Playthings of the Gods an anthology.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Hands down, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, didn’t even have to think about it.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Jeaniene Frost, Richelle Mead and Robin Hobb
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
For me there are a few, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols taught me to move on, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella taught me to cherish loved ones (probably not the intention of the author at the time but it struck something in me), Random Magic by Sasha Soren taught me to always have fun and concentrate on the journey rather than the destination.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost and Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler.
Which book character is most like you?
I would like to think Callie the writing muse from Random Magic is most like me, but that probably is just me being wishful. I don’t really relate many characters back to myself but there are characters I wish I could be more like, Cat from Nighthuntress series would be one of those.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Again Callie from Random Magic because she is a partier and the writing muse, I’d have a bone or two to pick with her though because of my periodic blockages, Eric from Sookie Stackhouse for his wit, Hermione from Harry Potter to see if she knows a spell to make me stop being a muggle, Vlad from Nighthunress series because he’s Vlad! There are a million others that spring to mind purely because I want to meet them, but it would turn into a party of epic proportions.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Stick to it is the main one. Don’t do it for the free books or the followers but do it for the love of reading. Some people say have a plan about what exactly you want your blog to be but I winged it and it changed many times before I settled on Name/Layout/Content. Just because you think everyone else is best friends with authors doesn’t mean that they are. I speak to one author regularly, just one. I leave authors alone because, think about it, would you enjoy being hounded all day for free books and interviews and giveaways or would you want to get on with writing your next book?
And please, please, just have fun! So many people stress out because they haven’t posted a review for more than three days or because they don’t have as many followers as someone else or because they don’t get ARCs, it’s not a competition! We are all readers, and we are all here because we want to be, it’s not a job and as soon as it starts feeling like one it’s time to step back and start having fun again.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Book Lovers Inc (I may be biased though because I contribute to it, but I love it so much).
Bites – I love reading Donna’s blog because she never conforms, she’s not afraid of having a rant and you can always be sure that every single one of her reviews is honest.
Time constraints stop me from regularly reading many blogs now, I read for the person behind the blog though, not just reviews.
Thanks to Amanda-Lee for taking the time to answer our questions.