Tuesday, September 14, 2010
BBAW Interview With Beth Fish at Beth Fish Reads
As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, today I am interviewing a
book blogger and she is interviewing me. I came up with some questions
after exploring her site and the interview is below.
1.Why don't you have the google friend connect like a lot of bloggers do?
I don't have a Google friend connect because I don't like the way the widget looks on my blog. Don't get me wrong, it looks great on other people's blogs, but my sidebars are cluttered enough as it is, and that's one item I've learned to live without. People can still follow me through Google by clicking on "follow me" in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.
2. How do you find PA writers?
Sometimes they find me! But I have made requests on Twitter, searched online, and used my library's reference desk to find Pennsylvania authors. I also get a lot of recommendations from friends. Another way I find PA authors is by reading the author biographies that are found in most books and on publishers' websites.
3. You are in a lot of challenges. How do you find the time?
Hee. I don't actually challenge myself all that much. I make sure every challenge allows a great deal of overlap in terms of books. I love it when a single book counts for three or four challenges. Oh, and I refuse to stress over challenges. I finish them or not. There are no challenge police.Challenges are a way to have some fun reading, to stretch yourself a bit, to meet other bloggers, and to support your friends.
4. Which is your favorite genre?
I don't have one. I read a lot of literary fiction, biography, cozy mysteries, and fantasy/paranormal, But I also love historical fiction, history, and dystopian. Oh yeah, and there is food writing! I can't pick just one.
5. Today, right now, what is your favorite book
I don't know! I can never answer this question because as soon as I name a book, I think of some other favorite book. Last week finished and reviewed Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay and loved it.Currently, I'm reading Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman and I really like it too (so far).I'm listening to Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time Part I. This is a reread for me -- I read all four books in print when I was in graduate school. The audios were released just this summer and I love having the chance to revisit the books in this medium.
6. Today, right now, who is your favorite author?
I don't have one. For food writing, I love M. F. K. Fisher. Other than that, I usually answer this question by saying whoever I'm reading right this second.
7. When do you read, at night, at lunch hour, when you get home from work?
I mostly read for pleasure in the evenings after work and for at least part of the weekend. Because I work from home and read all day as part of my work, I don't read for pleasure during the day. It'd be too confusing. I do quite a bit of reading through audio books. That way I can read while doing (non-noisy) housework, when cooking, when gardening, and when I take my daily walk.
8. How has blogging changed your life?
I've made some great friends through blogging. And my life got very much busier. It has been fun to connect to the reader side of the book business and to be more social during the day. I've enjoyed interacting with authors as a reader instead of as an editor, and I love attending book festivals and trade show and hooking up with my blogging buddies.
9.Which do you prefer photography (your pictures are beautiful) or critiquing books?
Thanks! I love playing with my camera and have it with me almost all the time, but I could happily live without it. I don't think I could live without books. So if I had to choose, it'd be critiquing books. But you're not planning on taking away my camera, are you? Phew! (No! I'd never take your camera away. Your pictures are too beautiful. Just take a picture of an old beaten up run down door for me and let me know when you show it. I'm into rustic doors.)
10. Do you watch t.v. or listen to music while you blog?
No. I cannot write or read or work with background noise. So if I'm writing blog posts or reading other blogs, the house is usually silent or I am in a room without the TV.
Thanks so much for hosting me, Heather. It's been great fun to get to know you.
And it's been a lot of fun, more than I thought it could be over a computer through emails, getting to know you! Thanks for the interview!