Beyond the Blog with Books and Things
Welcome to Beyond the Blog, where we’ll not only be featuring some amazing blogs but also the creative people behind them. Today we have an interview with Melissa from Books and Things. I love that her reviews are honest and helpful and her ever changing pin up girl headers are great. Let’s get to Melissa’s interview so you can see for yourself why we’re fans (two words, man harem!).
Why did you start blogging?
I read a lot of books and felt like I needed to do something other than just reading. Fine… it gave me an excuse to read so much. ;D It also sort of gave me a reason to want more books.
How has your blog changed since you first started it?
I have become less worried about doing it “right” and more about having fun with the review.
What are 3 words that describe your blog?
Odd, fun (I hope), snarky
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The community! However, it also gets me in trouble when I end up wanting even more books!
Who are some of your favorite authors that you discovered because of blogging?
Jennifer Estep was the first author to do a blog post on my blog. I also discovered her by blogging. I won a book of hers and was hooked. Kersten Hamilton, Dianne Duvall, Kristen Painter, Kelly Gay are all so sweet to talk to. I just love meeting people as creative as they are! And to be honest… I could go on for days on the authors I’ve discovered through blogging or because of blogging. I’ve even rediscovered a few!
What do you do for a living?
I breathe in and out, try to eat right (don’t always succeed). Hm… I’m sure that is what you were going for, right? ;D
What would your dream job be?
Artist, fun maker… something creative!
Are you a morning person or is coffee a must before you’re able to function?
I was a morning person when I was a kid. I’m now a full on owl (but I can’t convince my dogs of it)! I don’t need coffee to function in the morning (caffeine doesn’t keep me awake, I know, I’m strange…) but I will have a cup to stave off headaches. True story.
It’s noon on Sunday, what are you up to?
Sleeping! Yea right. Dogs won’t let me. *grumble* Hm… I guess that means I’m grumbling about not having sleep. Sounds about right.
What is your favorite gadget?
My laptop, hands down. My fave programs are dropbox (which is free), Calibre and 1Password. All are available for the PC and Mac (no, I’m not affiliated with any of them… lol)
If you could sit down and chat with any author, who would you pick and what would you like to talk about?
Hm… hard question. I’ve had a couple of twitter convos with Jeaniene Frost and she is a hoot. We also have migraines in common. Perhaps we could talk about going to a magician to see if he or she could make Bones a reality for me? Or even KMM. Do the same about Barrons. Hm… yes… I like that idea…
What are 3 books/series you think are must reads for fans of paranormal related genres?
It depends. PNR lovers can be so different than UF fans. Then there are the crossovers. Also fantasy. To me I love them all, so I guess it would be an individual thing for me to recommend it. Not a cop out, but I know people who love PNR, but hate UF and vice versa.
However… I do tend to like the dark PNR/UF combos the best. Those would be like the Elemental Assassin series, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Charlie Madigan series, KMM Fever series, Night Huntress series, Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, holy cow could I go on. And that is just the adult series I enjoy… Oh and yes, I’m aware it’s way more than 3 but I just can’t stop once I keep going. *sigh*
You just won your dream vacation, all expenses paid. Where are you going?
Everywhere! A trip around the world! Stops in London, Dublin, Italy, Aus, NZ, Galapagos Islands, oh just about anywhere really.
Oh, we forgot to mention you get to take your fantasy man with you. So, who are you taking?
OMG! Wait! ONE man?! Can’t I take the man harem? *gives sad face* You DID say fantasy!
Thank you Melissa for taking some time out for us (and introducing us to your man harem). If you want to know even more about Melissa, here’s where you can find her around the web.