Tilbury Talks To… Jen Lucas

Today, Tilbury talks to… Jen Lucas. Thank you for agreeing to visit the blog today Jen. Please introduce yourself.

I am a late bloom blogger, having been at this for just about two and a half years but at ‘life’ for considerably longer. I am a former Transport Manager currently looking for something new to entertain me until I retire and so my focus is all on books and blogging. I have two cats, love travel and love reading (obviously). Crime is my go to genre but I do experiment with the odd bit of chic-lit and the like. In a former life I was a qualified Track Judge and Timekeeper for athletics and once share a bag of jelly babies with Linford Christie (which goes to show just how old I am …)

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’d like to say a speeding bullet but nothing quite so dramatic as that. I was at Crimefest in Bristol and fairly oblivious to the whole blogging phenomena at this time. I’d seen a few bloggers about at the conference, seen a few on Twitter and during the course of the weekend gave some thought as to how it might work and if I could do it. I’ve always been technophobic to a degree so the idea of creating my own website gave me kittens, but I figured if I didn’t give it a go, I’d never know. And here I am.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best things – the camaraderie with other bloggers. It is wonderful being part of such a great community and the way we support each other can be really special. Yes’ it’s nice to get the opportunity to read some truly fabulous books and to expand my reading horizons which I have since blogging, but the people can make or break and experience and I’ve made some wonderful cyber & real life friends.

Worst things – putting too much pressure on myself. I want to help everyone as much as I can and even now I find myself overcommitting to reads just to not let people down. That and not having enough hours in the day as real life stuff can be a terrible burden. Continue reading

Near-Death Experiences – Fact or Fiction?

Near-death experiences (NDEs) are profound psychic experiences commonly occurring in life-threatening conditions. They include feeling a sense of peace, of seeing a bright light, encountering deceased relatives or religious figures, and of transcending space and time. NDEs may occur in adults or children, have been reported from the time of Plato, and in a variety of cultures around the world. They are one part of a spectrum of significant human spiritual experiences.  An experience can be deeply significant and meaningful to the person going through it, without meeting the strict definition of NDE.  Such experiences may be referred to as “NDE-like experiences”.

In my fifth novel, The Key to Death’s Door, 14 year old Lee Hunter drowns and has a NDE. Here’s a small extract:

I tried to call out to Charlie. Tell him what was happening, but the words were washed down my throat with another mouthful of the river. Then I sank. No more sky. No more riverbank. No more Charlie. Just greenish-brown slimy water everywhere. My mind screamed at my legs to work, demanded one last push, but all my legs delivered was an excruciating pain that reached right up into my groin and squeezed my balls.

       Fuck it. Fuck it. Fuck it, my mind chanted. I tried to use my hands to pull upwards, but you can’t grip water, even when your life depends on it. My heart thumped in my throat. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Anne Cater

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Anne Cater. Welcome to my blog Anne, please would you introduce yourself?

Hi Mark, thanks for inviting me.
I’m Anne; aged 51 and live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with my husband Martin and two cats; Costa and Nero. I grew up just across the Trent in Nottinghamshire and spent my summers in County Donegal, Ireland.

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and love to discuss books, and shout about the ones that I love. Eight years ago I started my blog Random Things Through My Letterbox and I can honestly say that it changed my life.
I’ve worked in the NHS and various charities for most of my life, but gave up full time work two years ago to concentrate on organising Blog Tours for publishers and authors. I also work a few hours per week at our local Hospice.

At the beginning of 2018 I began to write reviews of Commercia Women’s Fiction novels for The Daily Express books on Friday monthly feature.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is the community. On the whole we are a supportive and friendly bunch who help each other. We share each other’s posts and we help with contacts.
I also love the book post. Even though I receive hundreds of books per year, that thud when a new parcel arrives through the letterbox always makes my heart race!

I don’t think there’s a ‘worst’ thing really, apart from wanting to read ALL of the books and just not having the time!

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Ideally, immediately.  I like to get down my thoughts straight away when the story is still fresh in my mind.  

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yes, lots of them. In fact I was friends with quite a few of them before any of us were bloggers. I’ve known Anne Williams from Being Anne for twelve years, as well as Lainy from So Many Boooks, So Little Time;  Leah from Reflections of a Reader and Karen from My Reading Corner.
Bloggers often meet at book events, such as the Harrogate Festival, and it’s always great fun to meet people in real life. Some of them have become really good friends.

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Tilbury Talks To… Jill Burkinshaw

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Jill. Would you let everyone know a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is Jill Burkinshaw (but just call me Jill)  I am mother to 5 wonderful children who are now adults and living all over (1 in San Francisco) so I book in advance to catch up with them.
Someone got my star sign wrong when I was born because I was born Libra and Libras supposedly have difficulty making decisions but that definitely doesn’t apply to me. I make decisions, BIG decisions suddenly and once a decision is made I will move heaven and earth to see it through.
I now live in Matlock in the heart of the Peak District with my partner and dog. Sheba and I spend a few hours a day exploring the countryside.
I have always loved reading and I have fond memories of swapping books with Mum.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I am not sure I ever actually decided to do it, it was more a progression. I always read paperbacks but due to a health problem I dusted off my Kindle because I could enlarge the text. I found free books and started reading a lot more. I found Goodreads and started reviewing as a way to help indie authors and from there a blog was a natural progression. I have only had my blog for about 18 months but it has helped many authors and that makes the work worthwhile.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I am not sure there is a ‘worst’ other then the blog tends to take over your life but for me that is a good way. Because of my decision to start blogging I have found myself going down a path I would never have considered a few years ago I do have some regrets that my life didn’t quite work out the way I envisaged but I do know that I made the right decision.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I like to write a review as soon as possible after reading the book while everything is fresh in my mind. Because I read so many it is easy for them to become mixed so I like to get it reviewed and the blog post created as soon as I can. Continue reading