Tilbury Talks To… Simon Leonard

Today I welcome Simon Leonard to the blog. Thanks for taking part Simon, would you let everyone know a little about you?

My name is Simon and I have a little book blog called Black Books Blog.  I am married with two young children and work in Payroll.  I am an avid reader and can get through up to 7 books a week for my blog, plus I also listen to audio books on my commute and to try and drown out all of my work colleagues during lunch.

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I had read a book and at the end of it the author had put something along the lines of if you enjoy reading then go to Facebook and join TBC on FB (The Book Club on Facebook) so I did this and found a whole world of readers and bloggers I never knew existed.  From there I looked at some blogs and thought this was something I could do, so set up my blog as an experiment and have never looked back.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best things are being given lots of books to read by new authors to me and through this finding new favourite authors all the time, plus being able to chat to like-minded people and making new friends along the way.

The worst part is all the negativity surrounding bloggers, including people who say how can a review be honest if you are given the book for free.  It is possible to be honest as I choose which books I read, and if I don’t like a book I just don’t review it on my blog.  I don’t want anything negative on my blog as it is a happy place, and this includes reviews. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks to… Amy Sullivan

Today, Tilbury Talks to… Amy Sullivan. Thanks for taking part today Amy, please let us know a little about you.

I’m Amy from Arizona, an avid reader of many genres but my favorites are psychological thrillers, any type of mysteries, Women’s Fiction and some historical fiction. I’m a stay at home to three little kids and I read every spare second I get! I blog at www.novelgossip.com and am on social media @Novelgossip as well.

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not much to be quite honest, I had been half-heartedly reviewing on Goodreads for years, basically just leaving a star rating but was chatting with my husband about wanting to branch out and he is actually the one who encouraged me to start my blog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I first started and have definitely learned so much over the past few years. I do remember spending a lot of time trying to come up with a name that wasn’t already being used, it was hard! Again, my husband gets all the credit he actually came up with Novelgossip, thanks again honey! Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Sue Ward

 

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Sue Ward. Thank you for taking part Sue. Please would you introduce yourself?

My name is Sue. Most know me in the book world as “read along with Sue” I’m married and have 2 grown up children. I’m from the UK, born and bred Bristolian!

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I was getting more and more into reviews and wanted somewhere I could direct others who I follow and who follow me to one single place on the net. Somewhere I could direct an author if they would like to read it. But also for other book lovers to see what type of genres I read.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
My best things, hmm there are lots. I’ll choose a couple. I get to meet and interact with other book bloggers online. No matter where in the world we live, what we look like, where we come from we have something in common. Books! And the love of books. And the interaction we can have with authors online.

I get to speak about BOOKS!

The worst things? There are a few. The temptation of book after book that I NEED and then finding myself buried under a heap of books that I NEEDED to read months and months ago but still haven’t. And the guilty feelings it gives me.

Hauling books is another one. It’s like being in a sweetshop and you “all” of your most favourite sweets are being offered to you at a reduced price. How can you refuse??!

Lastly, writing a review that’s honest, tactful but low markings. I agonised over it for days. But I push myself to stay true to how a book makes me feel or react. Otherwise there’s no point in reviewing. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Noelle Holten

Today on Tilbury Talks To… I’m delighted to welcome Noelle Holten. Please would you let us know a little about yourself Noelle?

Thank YOU so much for having me! A bit about myself…. Well, I’m an avid reader of crime fiction and all its sub genres, and I blog about all the great reads I come across on  www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I also regularly review on Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast with Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste. Currently I’m a PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a digital publisher based in the UK after leaving my job as a Senior Probation Officer of eighteen years in July 2017. #DreamJob (Publishing…not Probation ha ha) I attend crime festivals as often as I can and have been honoured to be a Bloody Scotland reader for the last three years. I have attended Crime & Publishment writing master classes two years running; participated in Penguin Random House Crime Writer’s webinars; ran my own successful freelance PR company – Thick as Thieves – and was a submissions advisor for the publisher, Britain’s Next Bestseller. I have also finished writing my debut crime novel – A Perception of Justice, which is currently out for submission and recently started writing the second book in this ensemble series!

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be honest, prior to 2015 I didn’t even know what a book blog was. In January of 2015, Kat Everett of Best Crime Books and More, offered me a guest review spot and I jumped at the opportunity. A few months later, she suggested I give it a go on my own and CrimeBookJunkie was born in May 2015! I wanted a place where I could shout out about all the books I LOVE, so that is what I post on my blog. I also wanted somewhere that authors could also contribute and so I host guest posts and features when I can.  And finally, 2015 was personally a critical time of change for me, I was determined to get out to the festivals and events I couldn’t go to before – so CrimeBookJunkie was a place for me to share these new experiences, all the new experiences, with people who were interested.

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Tilbury Talks To… John R. Cowton

Today, Tilbury Talks To… John R. Cowton. Welcome John. Please would you introduce yourself?

 

I’m retired from my career working in Mental Health as a registered nurse, but even during my busiest times, I have always managed to find time to read a book. I love the crime genre, but also enjoy historical fiction. I’m also an aspiring writer and am known to write the odd story or two when not reading, which isn’t very often.

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I have been reviewing on Amazon and Goodreads for some time whilst struggling to keep a ‘writer’s’ blog going. I say struggling, because I had reached a point where I believed I had nothing more of value to say. I don’t think anyone can read a book and not have an opinion about it, so there was always something to say. It became clear that it was time to start again, so I started a new blog with a new name. There is a button on my new blog which links to my old blog for those rare occasions that I have something else to say. But, essentially, I have evolved into a book blogger.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing is I feel I am making a connection with the author of the book I have just read. I then try to let them know through social media or email that there is a review out there. The reaction is usually good. When a writer has given me great pleasure from what has been written, I would hope I have reciprocated by giving the writer pleasure with my positive feedback. If I didn’t like it there would be no review at all, because I don’t make claims to be a professional book critic. Just because I didn’t like what I have read, somebody else probably loves it, so who am I to assume the position of judge and jury. I’m just a reader who likes to give back.

The worst thing is when I doubt myself that anyone could be the remotest bit interested in what I have to say. I don’t mean the author, but other readers. Continue reading