Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Claire. Please would you introduce yourself?
Hi I’m Claire and my blog is A Knight’s Reads. I’m quite a new solo blogger as I only started my blog in February 2018. Saying that, before that I was a guest reviewer for the fabulous crimebookjunkie book blog. My main choice of read is crime fiction. I’ll read police procedurals, psychological thrillers, cozy crime, murder mysteries. I do dabble in other genres but crime fiction is my passion. Outside of reading, I’m a mum of two gorgeous boys and I work in the very exciting world of pension administration. I’ve been adopted by the great county of Yorkshire, having been brought up in the East Midlands.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
My first thought was how do I tell Noelle! I’d been guest reviewing for Crimebookjunkie for two years and I’d always said that I would be setting up my own blog but until my youngest was at school, it wasn’t going to happen. But then he got a place at preschool and I got my day off to myself!! Noelle was great when I told her that I was flying the nest, in fact she was very excited about it. She’s been my cheerleader from day one!
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing is being about to shout about the fantastic books alongside making some amazing friends within the blogging community. Worst thing….I hate having to say no, I want to read all the books but unfortunately with work and family life, it’s just not possible!
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
It depends, I always write notes about the book as I read. If I’m late reading a book for a blog tour, I have to write the review quite quickly however I like to take my time and tweak the review before it’s published (if possible).
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
I’ve met quite a few of my fellow bloggers, a lot of them are friends for life. Everyone is as lovely and friendly in real life as they are online. I try to get to blogger/author meet ups but real life gets in the way but the point in the calendar for me is the crime writing festival at Harrogate which is prime opportunity to catch up with fellow bloggers!
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I’ve been extremely lucky in that I’ve been to a few bookish events so I’ve managed to meet a few authors. Many of them, even the big names are so down to earth, don’t mind having a selfie being taken or signing a book. I’ve been to some book signings which again, the authors are chatty and happy to have photos done.
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 would love to talk to Agatha Christie about her 10 day disappearance in 1926! It fascinates me as to what she was thinking and what really happened!
If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
I’m probably amongst a lot of readers in that I’d love to go to Hogwarts and be part of the Harry Potter crew. The thought of being able to conjure up things, turn back time, make things disappear would make life so much more interesting….I’d just prefer it without the threat of “you know who”.
Thank you for taking part today Claire. I used to live in the same town as Agatha Christie, and as a child my friends and I went carol singing at her house. We never got any money for our efforts though!
As always, thank you for your support.