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

Tilbury Talks To… Alexina Golding

Today sees the start of a weekly series in which I’ll be meeting and getting to know some of the wonderful book bloggers that work so hard to encourage a love of reading. I wanted to give them the opportunity to let us know what blogging life is all about.

First up is Alexina Golding. Alexina blogs at Bookstormer.co.uk and is also the Commissioning Advisor for UK publisher, Bloodhound Books. She is 2nd in from the right in the photo with (from R – L,) blogger Shell Baker, author, Judith Baker and blogger, Sarah Hardy.

Thanks for taking part today Alexina.

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be able to share my enthusiasm of books I had enjoyed reading, to share my book world, with the events I had started to go to, mostly to get unknown/indie authors noticed more.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best, I don’t request books, I read the books I want to and shout about them, I have done blog tours, but again only on books I would pick up, this for me takes the pressure off, so I still enjoy reading.
The worst thing about being a book blogger is that sometimes that is seen first and people think we are in it for free reads, and don’t see our reviews as honest. If I didn’t enjoy a book personally I still wouldn’t blog about it, it isn’t what I set my blog up for.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
It depends, I write notes, and keep them handy, writing my review, as I am very bad at remembering books/plots/names even if I have loved them and want to rave about them. I don’t always publish them straight away though. I try to keep blogging  Monday to Friday as much as possible.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
So many, at events, online, and some are true friends, like any other person – they are individual, but the enthusiasm for books and wanting to shout about them is real, and that is a great connection to have with someone.

Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
Yes, luckily living in Cambridge we have many events here and in London, the main author I wanted to meet was Elizabeth Haynes, and managed to do so at a book festival a few years ago in Felixstowe, I also wanted to meet Kerry Fisher, and again did so at a book event. Yes, I admit to fan girling, but had spoken to them online, it was a great experience and they were kind enough to sign books for me. I can’t write this without mentioning Betsy Reavley, who kindly met me as we live in the same area and after reading The Optician’s Wife, we became friends and shortly after she asked if I wanted to join Bloodhound Books as a Commissioning Advisor. Nothing will ever top that phone call.

If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Oh, I don’t know… I have met so many great authors, actually it would probably be you – and ask where you get your dark ideas from? You come across as such a gentleman.

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?
Oh so many to choose from, but it has to be The Child Taker – Conrad Jones character… he needs to be dealt with and in a not so subtle way, slowly, very slowly…..

Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes as it totally changed my reading style, I didn’t read many psychological thrillers before this. Now it is my favourite genre.

If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
Callie Langridge’s book A Time To Change, because it was everything in a novel I don’t usually go for, and loved, time slip, historical, slight romance. I would have absolutely loved a chance to be in the house.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Journey by Conrad Jones – if there was ever a story that needed reading, that was criminal, but in a fictitious way, that had such realism and a great family you wanted them to succeed, even reluctant readers should read this book.

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Elizabeth Haynes – her great style of characters and darkness she gave me in Into The Darkest Corner, and her follow on books although different are extremely well written.

Rob Ashman – that man, has great ideas and as much as I enjoyed The Mechanic Trilogy, his new series is a shade darker, devious and delivered brilliantly.

Mark Tilbury – #sickoauthor and still manages to pull at your heart strings, evil characters, but with such believability – that other authors would not stand a chance on having published.

 

What great answers – and I hope we get to meet in the future too!

Alexina can also be found on social media:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexina.golding.
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/bookstormer.
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexina_golding/?hl=en.

 

As always, thanks for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark.