Today, Tilbury Talks To… Anne Cater. Welcome to my blog Anne, please would you introduce yourself?
Hi Mark, thanks for inviting me.
I’m Anne; aged 51 and live in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire with my husband Martin and two cats; Costa and Nero. I grew up just across the Trent in Nottinghamshire and spent my summers in County Donegal, Ireland.
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and love to discuss books, and shout about the ones that I love. Eight years ago I started my blog Random Things Through My Letterbox and I can honestly say that it changed my life.
I’ve worked in the NHS and various charities for most of my life, but gave up full time work two years ago to concentrate on organising Blog Tours for publishers and authors. I also work a few hours per week at our local Hospice.
At the beginning of 2018 I began to write reviews of Commercia Women’s Fiction novels for The Daily Express books on Friday monthly feature.
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing about blogging is the community. On the whole we are a supportive and friendly bunch who help each other. We share each other’s posts and we help with contacts.
I also love the book post. Even though I receive hundreds of books per year, that thud when a new parcel arrives through the letterbox always makes my heart race!
I don’t think there’s a ‘worst’ thing really, apart from wanting to read ALL of the books and just not having the time!
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Ideally, immediately. I like to get down my thoughts straight away when the story is still fresh in my mind.
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yes, lots of them. In fact I was friends with quite a few of them before any of us were bloggers. I’ve known Anne Williams from Being Anne for twelve years, as well as Lainy from So Many Boooks, So Little Time; Leah from Reflections of a Reader and Karen from My Reading Corner.
Bloggers often meet at book events, such as the Harrogate Festival, and it’s always great fun to meet people in real life. Some of them have become really good friends.
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I have been honoured to meet most of my favourite authors and have never been let down by that experience. The authors that I have met have all been so friendly and welcoming, and again, I now think of some of them as my friends.
If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
I’d love to meet Marian Keyes. I’d ask her if I could have a look at her shoe collection!
Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
That’s a really difficult question! Lots of books have impacted me in many ways. A recent book that really affected me was The Rest of Me by Katie Marsh; it has themes of bullying and it is such a powerful read. I emailed the author when I’d finished it.
In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
Probably The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood. I read it around 30 years ago, and although I was fairly young and didn’t really understand exactly what it stood for, I found it so moving. Having watched the recent TV adaptation, I’ve now bought another copy and intend to read it again; as an older woman. Attwood based everything in that book on events that had already happened in the world – that’s very difficult to accept, yet it is so important.
Thank you very much for taking part today Anne and for your great answers. I’ve read about Attwood basing The Handmaid’s Tale on real events but putting her spin on things. I’ve yet to read it, and although it wouldn’t be my usual choice of book, I think I will soon.
Anne can be found and followed across social media.
Thank you for your continued support,