Tilbury Talks To… Emma Smart

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Emma Smart. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Emma and welcome to my site. Would you let everyone know a little about you?

Hi everyone thanks to Mark for letting me answer these questions for you. Here’s a little something about myself. I am a full time carer for my disabled husband and a mum of to 2 boys, and reading is my escapism and it helps with my mental health as well.

Emma’s two reading companions.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not much really I saw how well the blogging world is and I thought I have time and have always left a review of books on the various sites what I buy books from. So I thought to have some me time away from my home life I thought it would give me a hobby as that’s what it is for me really.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Worst thing being a blogger is not enjoying the book and then you worry off upsetting the author because end of the day it’s the authors pride and joy that they have spent time on and the good points is finding new authors you didn’t know about and adding to your mountain off books that you have piled high LOL.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I try and write it as soon as I finish the book but half of time my family life gets in the way so as soon as have a spare hour I will try and get the review done. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Kate Noble

Today on Tilbury Talks To…I’m delighted to welcome Kate Noble. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Kate. Would you let everyone know a little bit about you?

 I’m a mum, wife and proofreader as well as book blogger and have managed to amass a wonderful collection of books that I wouldn’t want to part with. Rather proud to say that my daughter is also turning into quite the little bookworm. I try to juggle reading and knitting by using a kindle wedged between cushions but occasionally this leads to dropped stitches or me completely abandoning the wool and needles in favour of my book. My go to reads are usually crime and historical thrillers but I do like to challenge myself with something different now and again.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
It was a way to give my time some shape whilst my baby napped initially. I’ve always been a reader and shared my thoughts on books with family and friends, but a book blog seemed like a good way to keep track of my thoughts on books in one place. Initially, it was just for me, but soon I found out that other people were interested in “hearing” my thoughts on books and so I began posting my reviews on to social media for others to read too.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best would probably be the connections you can make through the book blogging community. There are a whole raft of people out there who love books and aren’t afraid to shout about books. The friendships I’ve made through blogging are wonderful, bloggers are a great bunch who put their hearts and souls into what they do and in turn, offer advice, friendship and comradery.

Worst would probably be learning the hard way that I cannot read every book that I want to, no matter how much sleep I lose. I hate to let people down and feel awful when I have to turn down a review request, but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.

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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… 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