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

Tilbury Talks To… Eva Merckx

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Eva Merckx. Thank you for taking part today Eva, please would you introduce yourself?

 

My name is Eva, 40-something and I live in Belgium with my husband and 14 year old Maltese, Yoshi. I like wine, boots and books, though not necessarily in that order and dream of living in Tuscany one day. I started blogging in early 2017 and haven’t looked back since.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’d been going back and forth about it for a few months but this little voice inside my head kept telling me the world didn’t really need yet another book blogger as there were so many around already. I’d say the overwhelming feeling when I finally took that step was sheer and utter panic. I didn’t really feel like I had a clue what I was doing (most days, I still don’t) and was astounded when people started asking me to read their books.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best things are of course the books but also the wonderful friends I’ve made. It is said a lot that this is the most wonderfully supportive and friendly community but it’s definitely true. It makes me wish I’d started my blog way sooner than I did. I’ve made some amazing friends along the way and although we’ve never met in person, I can’t imagine my life without them.

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Tilbury Talks To… Kerry Ann Parsons

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Kerry Ann Parsons. Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Kerry. Would you let everyone know a little about yourself?

Hi Mark and thanks for having me.
I’m 40 years old. I’ve been married to Steve for 16 years, together for 19! We had our babies first and have a son who recently turned 18 and a 16 year old daughter. I also have a step-son who is 22. I have been a full-time Mum and housewife since 2000, but also our church treasurer since July 2014. I have been job hunting for a little while, now the children are less dependent on me. Needless to say my favourite hobby is reading but I also love spending quality time with family and friends, walking, cooking/baking, TV, cinema, theatre and eating out. I blog at chataboutbooks.wordpress.com

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
What on earth am I thinking….. Who is going to want to read my ramblings….. We’ll see how it goes, what’s the worst that can happen!?

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Apart from all of the wonderful books I might never have come across otherwise, the best thing for me about being a book blogger is all of the awesome people I have been lucky enough to meet, both online and in person.
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Tilbury Talks To… Sean Talbot

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Sean Talbot. Sean blogs over on Sean’s Book Reviews, and reads lots of genres but his favourites are fantasy, crime and thrillers. Thanks for visiting the blog today Sean.

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Partially fear as this was an unknown item for me and I am not really a writer or a tech person. The other part was excitement over being able to share my love of books even if no-one read it but me.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best is the interaction I have had with people who are in the community like the authors and publishers and other book bloggers.
Worst is hard to say but it would probably be the feeling if self-doubt that comes when you create to many deadlines and if you can write the review well enough.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I try as soon as possible as its fresh in my mind so I can write a better review about what I felt about the book.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
No I haven’t met any other book bloggers face to face as most of those I know are from England and I am in Canada.

If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
There are so many as I have nothing but good interactions with other bloggers. But here are a couple I would like to meet.
Noelle Holten. She is always the most inspirational and helpful blogger you could hope to meet.
Anne Cater, as her wealth of experience and the fact that she stands up for what she believes in and backs all of us bloggers up.

Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I have met only a couple of authors and one is a favourite of mine. Helena Katz who writes non-fiction I met and she did meet expectations as she is very fun and is always laughing.

If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Honestly would love to meet Joel Rosenberg her write an amazing fantasy series and I would ask him where he got his unique idea from. He has the most unique fantasy books I have read where people from our world were transferred to one of fantasy where you have wizards and dragons.

Think of the worst antagonist you’ve ‘met’ in a book. If you could dish out your own justice on behalf of their victims, who would it be and what would you do?
Caroline Mitchell had one of the best villains called Bertram who used his powers to manipulate and kill. It had me reeling as I have studied wicca for years and you should never do harm. It made me so upset and I wanted to turn the tables on him and make him feel the pain and anguish of his victims. What would be done is something like a protective empath and force him to relive what he did to his victims but under their point of view. Death would be too good for this evil doer

Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
There are many but there is a number of them but I will say the series Mel Comley wrote, which was Hero Nelson books. I was intrigued by Hero and how she wrote him and she writes with such passion that you just can’t help but feel something. In one of the books she made me cry when something sad happened to the main character. I felt so invested in this character that it felt like at times what happened to Hero also was happening to me.

If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
That’s a hard one because there are many amazing books out there. I have even been named in a couple which was amazing to be some small part of a series. However I would say I would love to be transported to Mercedes Lackey and the Valdemar kingdom as part of the latest book about Mags which is The Hills Have Spies. I love the intricacy in the story and the characters and would love to have magic.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
Shake Hands with the Devil by Lt General Romeo Dallaire. It is all about the genocide in Rwanda and what the Canadian commander was forced to witness. The reason people should read it is because I think it is something that all should know about especially as it isn’t something that many people hear about and how heroic these people were.

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Mel Comley and she has some of the most amazing characters and deals with topics that many shy away from.
Mercedes Lackey she writes many fantasy novels with some of the best writing as well as a differing magic system that deals more with the mind then with arcane powers.
Eric Walters is the third author and even though I only have read one of his books it just struck a chord and though he is a young adult writer he tries to teach tolerance and understanding which is a wonderful trait to teach.

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Sean, and for your thoughtful answers. Although I’ve not read Mel’s ‘Hero’ series, I agree with you about how she tackles topics in her books that many other authors wouldn’t.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.