Today, Tilbury Talks To… Eva Merckx. Thank you for taking part today Eva, please would you introduce yourself?
My name is Eva, 40-something and I live in Belgium with my husband and 14 year old Maltese, Yoshi. I like wine, boots and books, though not necessarily in that order and dream of living in Tuscany one day. I started blogging in early 2017 and haven’t looked back since.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I’d been going back and forth about it for a few months but this little voice inside my head kept telling me the world didn’t really need yet another book blogger as there were so many around already. I’d say the overwhelming feeling when I finally took that step was sheer and utter panic. I didn’t really feel like I had a clue what I was doing (most days, I still don’t) and was astounded when people started asking me to read their books.
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best things are of course the books but also the wonderful friends I’ve made. It is said a lot that this is the most wonderfully supportive and friendly community but it’s definitely true. It makes me wish I’d started my blog way sooner than I did. I’ve made some amazing friends along the way and although we’ve never met in person, I can’t imagine my life without them.
The worst? It is a lot more work than I bargained for. I wouldn’t necessarily call that bad but sometimes I’d just like to sit down and read and not worry about commitments and deadlines.
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
I’d normally prefer to do it right away, while the book is still fresh in my mind. It doesn’t always work out that way though and sometimes I’ll have a backlog of four or so to write. I try not to go higher than that or things will get too muddled in my brain. I’m horrible at writing notes when I’m truly engrossed in a book so I don’t have anything to fall back on when I finally start to write a review.
If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
Oh, gosh, there are so many! I’d feel bad mentioning names but I’m sure the ones I’m thinking about will know who they are.
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
Sadly, I have not. I hope to travel to England one day and attend a festival to meet a few authors. Although I’d most likely be a puddle of goo and if I manage to get one word out of my mouth, it’s likely to be gibberish.
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 might ask Karin Slaughter if she’d like to be my friend.
Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Karin Slaughter. From the first book I read by her, something just clicked. Gritty, gruesome, incredibly plotted, always brilliantly written. I don’t know what it is about her but she’s been my go-to author from the start. Her Will Trent series is one of the best ones out there, but even her stand-alones are hard to beat. I’m a huge fan and just love everything she’s written so far.
Sharon Bolton. I just never know what she’s going to do next. She’s remarkably unpredictable, surprises me every single time and constantly blows me away. She seems to be one of those authors who can turn anything into pure gold.
Stuart MacBride who manages to combine some of the most disturbing crime fiction with a healthy dose of humour. It shouldn’t work but it always does.
Honourable mention to John Grisham, whose books I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember.
Thank you Eva for some great answers and recommendations. I’m off to Amazon now to look at some Stuart MacBride books!
Thank you for your continued support.