Today, Tilbury talks to… Lorna (LJ) Cassidy. Thanks for taking part Lorna. Please would you introduce yourself?
Thank you for having me, Mark. My name is Lorna or I sometimes go by LJ. I’m a mum from Liverpool and I have been running my blog On The Shelf Reviews for just over a year now. I read mostly crime fiction but I have been known to step outside my comfort zone occasionally. I hope to one day become a published author, I just have to write a decent book first lol!
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
It was actually going to be a blog about writing, tips, short stories etc but I didn’t have the confidence so I kind of left it. Then I saw an article about book bloggers and reviewers, I thought ‘do you know what, I love books and sharing book love, why not do that!’ And the rest is history.
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I’m going to start with the nice stuff, the best thing about book blogging is the community and the support you get from your fellow bloggers is just the best. Also it’s nice when you write a review and the author contacts you and says thank you, it’s just the best feeling! The worst bit is the negativity, people who say you post too many good reviews and you’re lying or if you post one too many bad reviews you’re a troll. It’s my blog and I decide what I want to share!
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I take notes so I usually leave it for a day so it’s fresh in my mind but not too fresh, so I can figure out how I really feel about a book.
If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
All of them! I follow such a diverse lot of people it would be interesting to have a chat.
If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Hmm, this is a hard one. I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett, I adore his Discworld novels and I was so sad when he passed away (far too soon!). I’d ask him if he hadn’t have died what would have the next Discworld novel been about?
Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
I have to be honest most books don’t impact me emotionally but the one that do are usually the scary ones. I started reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King last year but had to stop because I kept having a nightmare that an evil cat was stalking me. I don’t know why it freaked me out so much but I am determined to try and finish that book!
If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
I’d go back to the Sherlock Holmes era, Victorian London has always held a fascination for me.
In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I read it something like eighty years after it was published and is still of the best mystery books I’ve ever read.
Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
First, has to be JK Rowling. I hadn’t read for a good few years when I picked up the first Harry Potter and I haven’t stopped reading since.
Then I have to say Terry Pratchett. His Discworld novels are amazing, the levels of imagination and the fact he is one of the few authors that have made me laugh out loud.
Lastly, the Queen of crime herself, Agatha Christie. Need I say more?
Thanks for some great answers Lorna. I used to read a lot of Agatha Christie as a teenager, but I haven’t read The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, so I’ll have to get myself a copy.
Thank you for your support,