Today, Tilbury Talks To… Kerry Ann Parsons. Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Kerry. Would you let everyone know a little about yourself?
Hi Mark and thanks for having me.
I’m 40 years old. I’ve been married to Steve for 16 years, together for 19! We had our babies first and have a son who recently turned 18 and a 16 year old daughter. I also have a step-son who is 22. I have been a full-time Mum and housewife since 2000, but also our church treasurer since July 2014. I have been job hunting for a little while, now the children are less dependent on me. Needless to say my favourite hobby is reading but I also love spending quality time with family and friends, walking, cooking/baking, TV, cinema, theatre and eating out. I blog at chataboutbooks.wordpress.com
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
What on earth am I thinking….. Who is going to want to read my ramblings….. We’ll see how it goes, what’s the worst that can happen!?
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Apart from all of the wonderful books I might never have come across otherwise, the best thing for me about being a book blogger is all of the awesome people I have been lucky enough to meet, both online and in person.
The worst thing is not having the time to read all of the books all of the time.
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Unless I’m away, without my laptop, I write my reviews as soon as I’ve finished a book as I tend not to be able to concentrate on my next book until I have. If I don’t have my laptop I handwrite notes before I start a new book.
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
I have! I went to a meet up in Birmingham, organised by Kim Nash, in January 2016 as a very new book blogger. Mel Sherratt invited me and although it was very overwhelming, I loved it! Unfortunately, those since have seemed to clash with Birthdays and other events, but I hope to make the next Birmingham one, fingers crossed. I organised the first ever Stoke-on-Trent Book Blogger/Author meet up with the very lovely Steph Lawrence (a fellow book blogger who lives very near to me and who I had met before), in May and it was very well attended. (I shared all of the photo’s in a blog post if anyone wants to see who was there.) Everyone was SO lovely, just as I expected them to be. It was such a fab afternoon. I can’t wait for the next one in September. Will you be coming along, Mark? I have sent you an invite 🙂
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I have been very lucky to meet Mel Sherratt, Sharon Sant (Tilly Tennant), Alison Lingwood, John Pye, Jan Edwards, Misha Herwin, Rob Sinclair, Tanya Bullock….. All have been so lovely and approachable. I do get a bit star struck, but all so far have put me at ease in their company immediately.
I have also met other lovely authors whose books I haven’t had the pleasure of reading as yet, but I’m sure will become favourites in time.
If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Oooo, this is one of my author interview questions. I have never thought about what my answer would be! I think it would have to be Stephen King. I would ask him which of his books he would recommend to everyone, if he could only choose one.
Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
Letters To The Lost by Iona Grey. It made me cry so much and has stayed with me ever since. I think about it often and recommend to everyone.
In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Abattoir Of Dreams by Mark Tilbury because it’s absolutely outstanding!
Thank you for some great answers Kerry. I would have loved to have be able to, but unfortunately I won’t be ale to make the meet up. And, thank you for recommending The Abattoir of Dreams.
As always, thank you for your support.