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… 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

Tilbury Talks To… Llainy Swanson

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Llainy Swanson. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Llainy. Would you please let everyone know a little bit about yourself?

Llainy with ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay.

Hey, thanks for having me.  So, I am a Scottish book worm with a habit of calling everyone Betty (boy, girl, animal – doesn’t matter).  I have loved reading since I was a kid and you can find me, most days, curled up somewhere with Princess Trixie (cat) and a book.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I kept buying books I had already read and of course only finding out once I was a decent bit in.  So I started the blog to keep tabs and eventually authors, publishers and PR folk reached out ask asked if I would read/review a book for them.  It was so out of the blue, I was so touched as there are so many amazing bloggers who are really eloquent in their thoughts/writing.  Mine is peppered with some of my daft catchphrases, OMG, Whaaaaaat, ooft etc but readers seem to react well to it.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yeah, I met Sharon from “Chapter in my Life” fellow weegie, she is hilarious and lovely.  Sadly the few times I have met her I have had to rush off but online and offline she is lovely and now we are boot twins (she broke her foot today, I broke mine a few weeks back, wee pies lol.)  Shell Baker from Chelles book reviews, OMG she is a crackpot but in the nicest possible way.  If you could bottle her personality and sell it, would be the richest person alive.  She is larger than life, funny, genuine and so sweet.  We finally met at Horrorcon (yeah really) and I can’t wait to have a proper meet up and drink with that crazy cat (and her selfie stick obvs).  Noelle Holten from Crime Book Junkie, she is one of the sweetest wee chops <3  again the twice I have met her I have been away swiftly but the small chats offline and the many online, actually love her.  She is the other half of Twinnie (Sharon is the other one) and she has written a book and it has been given the thumbs up from THEEEEE Martina Cole, ooft – bigger and better things for this wee gem!  I have met others but it has just been a brief hello, or brief gab before a book event. Continue reading

Warning! This Blog Post Contains Discussions about Trigger Warnings.

Are more warnings needed in book descriptions?

Is book censorship in danger of limiting creativity and freedom of expression?

 

 

 

I recently watched a discussion unfold on Facebook about whether The Abattoir of Dreams should have trigger warnings in its description. The person who started the discussion stated they had finished the book, thought it was good, but that ‘there really should be a statutory warning on book covers and blurbs, if a book deals extensively with child abuse’.

This comment then led to a debate about the pros and cons of trigger warnings. Trigger warnings are defined as: a statement cautioning that content (as in a text, video, or class) may be disturbing or upsetting.

As the discussion was taking place in a crime fiction group, many people didn’t see the need for warnings as they’d expect topics such as murder and abuse to be included anyway. The overall opinion was that the book description should make the content of the book clear, so that readers are aware of anything they’d prefer not to read before buying the book. I think that this approach is easier for both publishers and indie authors to implement

I asked best-selling crime thriller author, Peter James, for his opinion, and he told me that he never would put warnings on any of his books. His personal belief is that we live in an age where there are far too many warnings anyway. Continue reading

A New 3 Book Deal with Bloodhound Books.

2017 has been a busy, but very rewarding year. I’ve had two books published and two re-launched by my brilliant publishers, Bloodhound Books. I’m delighted to be able to share the news that Bloodhound have just offered me a new three book deal which is for three stand alone novels. The first book is called The Key to Death’s Door, a dark thriller which will be published on 1st May 2018.

I’m over the moon with this development and thrilled that people are enjoying my writing. I’d like to thank Betsy, Fred and the rest of the Bloodhound team for their belief in me. Thanks also to everyone who has read my books and shared their opinions in reviews or on social media.

May I also take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

Mark.