Tilbury Talks To… Claire Knight

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Claire. Please would you introduce yourself?

Hi I’m Claire and my blog is A Knight’s Reads. I’m quite a new solo blogger as I only started my blog in February 2018. Saying that, before that I was a guest reviewer for the fabulous crimebookjunkie book blog. My main choice of read is crime fiction. I’ll read police procedurals, psychological thrillers, cozy crime, murder mysteries. I do dabble in other genres but crime fiction is my passion. Outside of reading, I’m a mum of two gorgeous boys and I work in the very exciting world of pension administration.  I’ve been adopted by the great county of Yorkshire, having been brought up in the East Midlands.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
My first thought was how do I tell Noelle! I’d been guest reviewing for Crimebookjunkie for two years and I’d always said that I would be setting up my own blog but until my youngest was at school, it wasn’t going to happen. But then he got a place at preschool and I got my day off to myself!! Noelle was great when I told her that I was flying the nest, in fact she was very excited about it. She’s been my cheerleader from day one!

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing is being about to shout about the fantastic books alongside making some amazing friends within the blogging community. Worst thing….I hate having to say no, I want to read all the books but unfortunately with work and family life, it’s just not possible! Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Sandra ‘abookaday’ Jones

 

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Sandra Jones. Sandra lives in New Zealand and as her blog name hints at, she tries to read a book a day. When not reading she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and being close to the sea. Thank you for taking part today Sandra, lets begin.

 

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I often wonder that……

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I was reading a book a day when I started my blog. I wasn’t working, and not expecting things to change so thought a blog would be a good way to get a bit of intellectual stimulation. Then life changed suddenly, as it seems to do when you think you’ve got it all sussed, and I found myself back in the workforce. I find the pressures of trying to blog every day a bit much at times. …. But I love that I am in contact with so many wonderful people, like you Mark, that I would never have otherwise ‘met’.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Immediately.

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Tilbury Talks To… Jen Lucas

Today, Tilbury talks to… Jen Lucas. Thank you for agreeing to visit the blog today Jen. Please introduce yourself.

I am a late bloom blogger, having been at this for just about two and a half years but at ‘life’ for considerably longer. I am a former Transport Manager currently looking for something new to entertain me until I retire and so my focus is all on books and blogging. I have two cats, love travel and love reading (obviously). Crime is my go to genre but I do experiment with the odd bit of chic-lit and the like. In a former life I was a qualified Track Judge and Timekeeper for athletics and once share a bag of jelly babies with Linford Christie (which goes to show just how old I am …)

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’d like to say a speeding bullet but nothing quite so dramatic as that. I was at Crimefest in Bristol and fairly oblivious to the whole blogging phenomena at this time. I’d seen a few bloggers about at the conference, seen a few on Twitter and during the course of the weekend gave some thought as to how it might work and if I could do it. I’ve always been technophobic to a degree so the idea of creating my own website gave me kittens, but I figured if I didn’t give it a go, I’d never know. And here I am.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best things – the camaraderie with other bloggers. It is wonderful being part of such a great community and the way we support each other can be really special. Yes’ it’s nice to get the opportunity to read some truly fabulous books and to expand my reading horizons which I have since blogging, but the people can make or break and experience and I’ve made some wonderful cyber & real life friends.

Worst things – putting too much pressure on myself. I want to help everyone as much as I can and even now I find myself overcommitting to reads just to not let people down. That and not having enough hours in the day as real life stuff can be a terrible burden. 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.

The worst? It is a lot more work than I bargained for. I wouldn’t necessarily call that bad but sometimes I’d just like to sit down and read and not worry about commitments and deadlines. Continue reading

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.