Today, Tilbury Talks to… Amy Sullivan. Thanks for taking part today Amy, please let us know a little about you.
I’m Amy from Arizona, an avid reader of many genres but my favorites are psychological thrillers, any type of mysteries, Women’s Fiction and some historical fiction. I’m a stay at home to three little kids and I read every spare second I get! I blog at www.novelgossip.com and am on social media @Novelgossip as well.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not much to be quite honest, I had been half-heartedly reviewing on Goodreads for years, basically just leaving a star rating but was chatting with my husband about wanting to branch out and he is actually the one who encouraged me to start my blog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I first started and have definitely learned so much over the past few years. I do remember spending a lot of time trying to come up with a name that wasn’t already being used, it was hard! Again, my husband gets all the credit he actually came up with Novelgossip, thanks again honey!
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
There are so many great aspects, chatting with like minded people who are just as passionate about reading is a big one. The book community in general is amazingly supportive and I can’t even begin to count how many wonderful people I’ve become friends with. Interacting with authors is also so fun, I never imagined that some of favorites would be thanking ME for reviewing their book, it’s crazy! I’ve also discovered so many new to me authors (like you Mark!) who I don’t think I would’ve ever read if not for my fellow bloggers recommendations. The worst part? Probably trying to balance the huge amount of books I would like to read with my daily life, it can be overwhelming sometimes. I also hate when I read a book that just isn’t for me but have to write up a review anyway. That’s never fun but I try my hardest to be kind in my criticism.
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Immediately. If I don’t then I end up forgetting what I wanted to say. I also like to get it off my calendar so I can start a new read right away.
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Sadly, no but I would love to! One day maybe…
If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet everyone! But I would really like to meet Chelsea at the Suspense is Thrilling Me, Abby at Crime By The Book and Jamie who is on Instagram and Goodreads at Beauty and the Book. I chose them because they live in the US so it’s always a possibility. If I ever visit the UK I would love to meet Sarah Hardy, Noelle Holton and Kim Nash!
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
Not in person, I live in a fairly small town so we don’t really have many book related events. But I’ve had so many positive interactions with authors online that have blown my mind. With the exception of a very small few they have all been so gracious and kind, really lovely.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Amy.
As always, thank you for continued support.