Tilbury Talks To… Amy May Smith

Welcome to my first post of 2020. Today I’m talking with Ami May Smith. Welcome Ami, please introduce yourself.

Hi, I am Ami from Reading Through The Pain. I am a chronic illnesses warrior and reading has helped me through my mental illness and chronic pain since I was a teenager, although I started reading much earlier. My reading buddy is my cat Shyla.


You can visit Ami’s blog by clicking on the above image.

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be honest I can’t remember. I have loved reading since I was a young girl, it’s always been my therapy. Before and After being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and M.E\CFS, I could no longer do the hobbies I used to do I.e sewing, knitting, card-making etc. I used to have a sewing blog. I got back into reading and I saw that you could become a book blogger\book reviewer. So I thought Why not?

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best: Meeting authors, meeting new authors, friendships, early access to books etc.
Worst: I don’t think there is a worse only those I put on myself. Getting overwhelmed,  losing my reading mojo.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Virtually straight away or a couple days after once its settled and I’ve thought about it.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real-life’ and what were they like?
Nope unfortunately but I don’t and cant travel very far from my little town due to my illnesses I.e bpd, anxiety, fibro etc. I would love to one day.

If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real-life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
Oh golly gosh there are so many I couldn’t name one or 100. But there are some amazing people I’ve met online. So I would say meet them all and because many of them of my people who also do blogging\reading due to chronic illness.

Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I’ve met Elly Griffiths, Sarah Ward, Stephen Booth and William Shaw. And yes definitely and more!

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?
Ha-ha being a crime, true crime, serial killer fanatic I’m afraid what I would dish out would not be appropriate here or anywhere on the internet. But I think most of us have the same ideas some mild and some extreme.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
I’m not into classics but a book that has stuck in my mind the most this year is The Puppet Show By M.W.Craven. Its frankly bloody EPIC!

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
You of course Mark, amazing books but a genuinely amazing person who has so much love and support for bloggers/Readers.
Ooo two more this is sooooo hard. But I would say Mel Comley and Emmy Ellis. Again as well as incredible authors they are the nicest women.
But honestly I have so many favourite authors which are exceptional so it’s so very hard to pinpoint them and think of reasons.

 

Thank you Ami for taking the time to answer my questions. I agree with you about The Puppet Show, it’s an excellent book.
You can find Ami across social media. Here on her Facebook page, and via her Twitter handle @RTTPBookBlog 

Thank you for continued support into the new year.

Best wishes,

Mark.

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… 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