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.

Sean can be followed across social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seansbookreviews/.
Twitter: @seantalbot1977.
Instagram: @zyrell77.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mark.

Tilbury Talks To… Lorraine Rugman

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Lorraine Rugman to the blog. Thank you for visiting Lorraine, please introduce yourself.

 Many thanks for having me on your blog Mark, apologies for any errors and mistakes but my proof reader is at work (the hubby.) My name is Lorraine and I love books and coffee. I always have a book or my kindle in my hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee. I especially enjoy reading crime and psychological thrillers and these are the books I mostly review on my blog.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not a lot 😂 it was a spur of the moment thing, I was off sick for three months after being attacked and injured at work. I was getting bored so I decided to set up my own blog. I’ve always shared my reviews to Amazon and thought why not share my reviews and my love of books on my very own blog. How difficult could it be? Surprisingly it was fairly straight forward and The Book Review Café was born.

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Tilbury Talks To… Sarah Hardy

Today Tilbury Talks To…Sarah Hardy. Thanks for visiting the blog Sarah, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

Hi, I’m Sarah (front of above photo with author Tara Lyons, and fellow bloggers Shell Baker, Emma Shand, Kat Everett and Noelle Holten.) I am a book publicist for Bloodhound Books. I also blog at bytheletterbookreviews. Books and reading have always been a huge part of my life, more so over the last few years. I love spreading the word and shouting about the authors and books that I enjoy. Having been converted to a kindle after my husband bought me one, I now never go anywhere without it. It’s as important as my house keys or phone! I read quite a few different genres but my favourite is definitely crime and psychological thrillers.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’m not great with technology and after getting starting up my wordpress site, I really wondered what I had let myself in for. I was determined to do it though as after joining an online book group, I realised how many wonderful authors there were out there that were struggling to get themselves and their books noticed and I wanted to try and help spread the word. For me, setting up a book blog was one way to do that.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is discovering authors and books I would never have come across before if it wasn’t for my blog. Blogging has really opened my eyes to just what talent is out there. It is also a great community to be part of and I have made lifelong friends with bloggers and authors from doing it. The worst is the amount of review requests you get and not being able to yes to all of them. Continue reading

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