We’re very excited to welcome Stephanie to Aside from Writing today. She is a new member of our blogging team here and you’ll have already seen some of her reviews and posts over recent weeks. Stephanie also blogs for herself at My World. Let’s find out more…
So…can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
It’s a small (newbie) blog with all things books. I’m trying to branch out and include much more than just my own reviews now and it’s really starting to come together, I think.
What prompted you to start writing the blog in the beginning?
Honestly, I got the account just to enter a giveaway I saw on twitter, I believe. Then I figured since I had it, I would start writing and started out just writing general life stories, and then got into reviewing the books I read, and so on.
What are your favourite parts of blogging?
I love the writing! I enjoy sharing my thoughts about the books I read with others and love it when I get feedback! (That lets me know I’m not talking to myself) I also love getting in contact with other bloggers and authors.
Any tough bits?
I think the toughest bits of it for me are getting the word out there. I know I have a decent viewing audience, for me anyway, but still not many followers.
What’s an ideal day for you – and how do you fit your writing, reading, blog into that, along with motherhood and work?!
An “ideal” day for me would be to get a lot of reading/writing/blogging in AND still have plenty of family/housecleaning time. I’m still working on that perfect balance, I still find myself neglecting one area while pouring most of my time into another. Fortunately, I have been juggling each so not just one thing gets all my time and I’m getting better at the management of my time.
We know that you’re also doing your own writing, tell us more!
I haven’t gotten much on paper, yet, and what I have written, I have already changed in my head. I’m very new at this and just hope its good enough that people will want to read it. I have always been a “daydreamer”, one quick look at the comments on all my elementary school report cards will show that. I always seem to have a story running through my head.
What I’m working on right now is a story of a young, small town girl who, through some disruptions to her “normal” life, makes some discoveries about who she really is and what it could possibly mean to a lot of people. There will be some romance, of course, and it’s definitely a paranormal story.
What genres/authors do you love to read?
A few months ago, I would have said YA/Paranormal Romance, with sometimes branching to a thriller. Since I’ve been reading books for review, I have discovered that, while that’s still my favorite, I have really enjoyed genres I never expected to!
As for authors, that changes a lot since I love so many of them, but right now, I can say Lauren Kate, Amanda Hocking, Cassandra Clare, PC Cast, Jenna Black.. and those are just a few that I’ve read a lot of and loved, there’s plenty that I have only read one book from, but still absolutely loved; such as Julie K. Rose and Christopher David Peterson.. I could go on all day about authors and books!
Do you think your reading tastes and experiences influence your writing?
I definitely believe that’s true! For me, a good book is like a Calgon bath, for those of you old enough to remember those commercials! I love a book that can transport me to some other realm of reality, or at least get me caught up in its world! I would definitely put the book I’d like to write into the paranormal romance category.
The Random Questions:
If you could be a character from any book – who would it be and why? That’s really hard for me, I love so many! But I’d want to be a paranormal of some sort, not just a slight human girl in love with one. I would want to be strong and powerful, like maybe Alice Cullen, Dana from the Fairiewalker series, or Zoey from the House of Night series.
The reason is, of course, to not have to rely on everyone around to keep me safe.. I’d like to be the one to keep others safe, and let’s face it, the abilities of some of these heroines are amazing!
Favourite fictional world – where would you live? One that immediately comes to mind is Rivendell from The Lord of the Rings, it’s beautiful!
Best super-evil baddie? The first one to come to mind at the moment is Cam, *swoon*! He may not be necessarily a villain to some, but he’s a bad boy, and wow!
I also think of Peter from My Blood Approves, by Amanda Hocking, again, not the villain, but a definite jerk.. You don’t realize until later in the series exactly why and the last book makes him ah-mazing in my eyes!
Want to know more? Check out the links!
My Blog: http://stephsgrn.blogspot.com/
My Food Blog: http://fromstephskitchen.blogspot.com/
I will be working on my wordpress blog as well, I started with blogger and am just getting the wordpress underway.
I am still working on making it my own, stay tuned!