Q&A With Dawn
1. What drives you to blog about books?
Ever since I was old enough to hold things I’ve had a book in my hand, whether it was the soft chewable ABC book I had as a 8 month old baby (which I still have!) or the latest chick lit novel that I pick up from the bookstore and even supermarket these days. I am passionate to the extremes about books so it is perfectly enjoyable for me to blog about them and share the satisfaction, thrills and giggles I get from reading them with anyone and everyone who will read my posts.
2. How would you describe the book blogging community?
This is a great question, because I've been involved in two distinct book blogging communities of differing genres. Prior to my recent switch to blogging about my chick lit passion I was heavily involved for over 2 years with the New Age/Self Help community. I was receiving up to between 8-10 books a month to read, review and promote, and slowly even that was increasing to such a level that even if I sat snuggled up on the sofa with my books and did nothing but read – I still wouldn’t have enough time. I would say that for me personally, the self help genre of the book blogging community is slightly competitive and almost energy draining. A lot of the books key messages are merging into one another now and sometimes you find yourself questioning; “Haven’t I read this before somewhere?”. Whereas the Chick-Lit community I have found to be like a huge community of book loving females who come from a range of different backgrounds, who join together for blog tours, reviews, and exciting news. It’s like a huge festival of book love where every review is different, powerfully honest, and just a whole load of fun. It’s supportive, accessible, hugely enjoyable, and immense fun. I wouldn't want to be a part of any other book blogging community now.
3. What is your favourite thing about the book community and blogging?
Definitely the interaction with the publishers, fellow chick lit readers who read our blogs, chick lit reviewers and the authors. Interaction is key and it tells you a lot about the book, the publishers and the author all by the amount and quality of interaction we as bloggers partake in.
4. If you had to pick what would be your favourite book you have read this year?
Oh, it definitely has to be the one that I’m currently reading and approaching the end to; The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter. What’s even more exciting is that it’s the first of her new series – I can’t wait to read the continuation – It’s more exciting than a sale at Selfridges!
5. Where do you get the books you review from?
I’m getting a few sent to me from the publishers, but as I’m fairly new to the chick-lit reviewing scene I expect that, but hope that in all honesty as more publishers and authors see my reviews on my blog and get a feel for my energy and work, that they will love to send me more books. I always have room on my shelf for a good book. Other than that, I’m picking them up in bookstores and the supermarket.
6. Are you interested in writing anything yourself, if so what?
Absolutely! I recall writing my first story at the age of 7 for a school project – I actually still have the drafts and I keep promising myself that I will jazz it up a little and approach a children’s publisher one day. As part of my degree, I took a Creative Writing module and began typing up lots of character profiles and there stories are still in my head – we regularly have conversations and I have to one day sit down and tell them. I’d love to become a chick-lit author myself with a definite hint of romance in the storylines.
7. What are your favourite type of books to read, and why?
I like those fun chick-lit books that we as readers can relate to; such as, Sophie Kinsella’s Rebecca Bloomwood in her ‘shopaholic series’, or Ruby Miller in Alexandra Potter’s ‘The Love Detective’. Realistic, fun storylines and characters are what draws me.
8. Who is your favourite author?
I have to say that I have my top 5 and try as I might I just can’t whittle them down. So in NO particular order (because I love them all for their own unique style of writing); Sophie Kinsella, Carole Matthews, Alexandra Potter, Karen Thompson-Walker, Emma Garcia
9. What is your day job?
I'm actually still studying for my Degree, but I'm also a student Accountant who has a passion for finance and money.
10. What is the best advice you can give to someone who wants to become a blogger or is just starting out?
Stay true to YOU. Write about what inspires you, what you're passionate about.
Don’t follow the trends – think fashion; Classics stay around forever, whilst wild wacky trends are here one day and gone the next, and you want to be a classic.
Read similar blogs to get an idea of what your network could be like, and also network with other bloggers and experts in the industry you want to be blogging about.
Share your thoughts, theories, insights, experiences – no matter how insignificant you may think they are someone will have their interest peaked by reading what you have to say.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me by Dawn Brierley
I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.