Welcome to the first day of Armchair BEA. If you would like to know more about what exactly the Armchair BEA is and why it is you’ll be seeing it all over twitter and blogs over the next few days, then check out their site here. In the meantime, let me introduce you to myself…
Have you previously participated in Armchair BEA? What brought you back for another year? If you have not previously participated, what drew you to the event?
Yes. This is my third year now, though my first year was last second and completely unofficial. I stumbled upon the Armchair BEA via my friend Girl-Who-Reads, and the posts she had up on her website. I enjoyed myself so much that the following year, I joined properly. So this is now my third year with the Armchair BEA, and I am looking forward to many more to come!
So here’s the why. It’s a great way to meet new people, see who else is in the blogging world, and generally have a good time. You might also learn a few things along the way, which is never a bad thing!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I am me, which doesn’t really tell you anything! I’m an author, lover of all things paranormal, dressmaker, and hat enthusiast. That is me in a nutshell. I’m a whole lot more complicated than that in real life, but the basics are easy enough.
I’ve been an author for about two years now, officially at least, and a lover of all things paranormal since my teens. My dressmaking came about because all the clothes I like are too expensive to buy so I learned how to make them, and hats are just pretty.
And now for the blogging, I blog because I have to. Apparently it is one of those things we authors have to do. Website, twitter, facebook page, blog… and half a dozen other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting. But having to blog and blogging are two different things these days. I started because I had to, but I stuck around because it’s fun.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I’m going to the gym. And that thought alone scares the hell out of me. See, the thing is I have always been big, and in recent years the doctors discovered that my thyroid is broken. Now, this isn’t something I let get me down, at all. I feel fantastic, most of the time, but recently I decided that I want to do more than I am doing. So I joined a gym. I have to go for twelve months, and I’m hoping the fact that I can’t stand wasting money will force me into actually going to the gym. So fingers crossed, and there’s something about me that most people don’t know!
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location.
I am blogging from not-so-sunny England. I actually live in Hartlepool, but I’m not going to talk about that, because there isn’t really much here unless you like pirates. What I would like to talk about is Northumberland. It’s a wonderful place that is more hills and sheep than people, and it borders Scotland. I was up there recently for a holiday, and I took my laptop. This view is why:
The whole area looks like that. Hills and trees, ponds and streams, beaches and oceans. Stunning beauty everywhere you look. What more could you ask for? Except maybe a stable internet connection.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favourite book you have read so far in 2013?
This year has seen me getting the last of the Sookie Stackhouse books, and that is my current reading list. However, this is one set of books I can’t wait to finish. You know that feeling you get when you’re reading a series and are so far through it you just have to finish? But it’s gone so far downhill that you’re not sure you really want to? Yeah, I’m getting that with this one. It is almost over, though.
The other books I have been reading this year are the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Lover at Last came out this year, and I devoured it. Worth the wait? For me, absolutely.
I’m also still reading short stories at quite a rate, so they will keep me going for a while!