What are you like outside of blogging?
I’d like to say pretty much the same. Chatty, enthusiastic but I also like lots of quiet alone time. I like knitting, though I’m actually not very good at it, watching lots of TV (you Americans and your awesome shows) and I’m about to start learning to ice skate which I am looking forward to immensely.
What made you decide to start your blog?
A number of things all at once really. I followed loads of book bloggers on twitter, and it looked fun and interesting and very inclusive. Like, anyone could do it, even me. Plus, I was in the middle of writing my dissertation which was really depressing and I wanted to do something fun. And then finally the catalyst, I read Cassie Clare’s books and I really, really wanted to share my thoughts on them. And so my blog and first review was born.
What is your best book blogging moment?
There’s two, and they both pertain to the same person; Ruth Warburton. I met her when I was doing an internship where she works. My mentor introduced me like “Oh this is Ruth, she writes YA!” (cause she knew I liked it) so I said “Oh cool, what have you written?” And of course she said “A Witch in Winter” and I THINK I freaked her out a little by being so enthusiastic about her book that wasn’t due to be published for several months…but that was so cool. And then getting quoted on the back cover of the very same, totally awesome book. Definite highlights for me. Oh, and also meeting Cassie Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan at my first ever signing who were awesome and interesting and funny and made the 10hour round-coach-trip totally worth it.
To help some of the newer bloggers: what have you found to be the best way to network and get your blog out there?
I know like everyone you’ve interviewed has said the same thing, but it’s the best advice to give so: Twitter. I seriously cannot express the importance of Twitter if you want to network. Memes get your blog out there and help you find other bloggers, but Twitter will build friendships.
What book turned you on to YA?
I honestly couldn’t tell you, I moved naturally from children’s fiction to teen fiction when I was about 11. I was always a reader and always an advance reader, so I started teen fiction a little earlier and never moved on. I do remember reading the Louise Rennison Georgia Nicholson and Garth Nix books very early on though.
How many books do you own?
Erm I’d say over 200 physical books…maybe 300 including kindle ones?
What are some blogs you recommend reading?
Planet Print is home of Liz, my favourite blogger, she is practically my twin!
Fiktshun because her blog(s) are always so impeccable and she clearly puts so much work and effort into not only her features and posts but her blog’s general upkeep. I have the utmost respect for her as a blogger.
Molli at Once Upon a Prologue, Brodi at Eleusinian Mysteries, Jen at Alternate Readality, Sonia at The Story Queen and Asher of Paranormal Indulgence are more of my favourite bloggers and a new blog I’ve discovered and love is Alexandra at Alexandra’s Scribblings.
-Book of all time: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
-New release: How new? Errrrm I really, really enjoyed Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan which was latter half of last year…
-Genre: Well YA ofc, but more specifically urban fantasy
-Place to Read: My bed!
-TV show: Oooooh I watch SO much tv (seriously, I do) of all time; Buffy, but still airing; Grey’s Anatomy.
-Candy: Does chocolate come under candy? If so, chocolate. If not, I really like cherry drops
-Song: ooooh Pain by Jimmy Eat World I think.
Readers, you can find Cait over at The Cait Files or on Twitter!