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.