Today, Tilbury Talks To… Llainy Swanson. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Llainy. Would you please let everyone know a little bit about yourself?
Hey, thanks for having me. So, I am a Scottish book worm with a habit of calling everyone Betty (boy, girl, animal – doesn’t matter). I have loved reading since I was a kid and you can find me, most days, curled up somewhere with Princess Trixie (cat) and a book.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I kept buying books I had already read and of course only finding out once I was a decent bit in. So I started the blog to keep tabs and eventually authors, publishers and PR folk reached out ask asked if I would read/review a book for them. It was so out of the blue, I was so touched as there are so many amazing bloggers who are really eloquent in their thoughts/writing. Mine is peppered with some of my daft catchphrases, OMG, Whaaaaaat, ooft etc but readers seem to react well to it.
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yeah, I met Sharon from “Chapter in my Life” fellow weegie, she is hilarious and lovely. Sadly the few times I have met her I have had to rush off but online and offline she is lovely and now we are boot twins (she broke her foot today, I broke mine a few weeks back, wee pies lol.) Shell Baker from Chelles book reviews, OMG she is a crackpot but in the nicest possible way. If you could bottle her personality and sell it, would be the richest person alive. She is larger than life, funny, genuine and so sweet. We finally met at Horrorcon (yeah really) and I can’t wait to have a proper meet up and drink with that crazy cat (and her selfie stick obvs). Noelle Holten from Crime Book Junkie, she is one of the sweetest wee chops <3 again the twice I have met her I have been away swiftly but the small chats offline and the many online, actually love her. She is the other half of Twinnie (Sharon is the other one) and she has written a book and it has been given the thumbs up from THEEEEE Martina Cole, ooft – bigger and better things for this wee gem! I have met others but it has just been a brief hello, or brief gab before a book event.
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
Emma Clapperton – she is just lovely, pretty, kind such a nice person and talented writer.
Kimberley Chambers, omg she is hilarious like what you see is what you get and I love that in any person. I owe her a drink as the last two events I have been to of hers I had to rush off.
Martina Cole. I went to a book event of hers, could listen to that voice all night to be honest and her stories are brilliant.
Steve Cavanagh, Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre. I went to an event with these three together, howling, they are so funny and seem really nice guys.
If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
I think it has to be the Harry Potter series, it has so much magic, amazing creatures ugh I love it. I am a total Potter head geek, I have loads of the merch, I bought the books in tree book format and ebook, have read them a few times and I am one of the saddos who has a wand lmao. A lot of my wardrobe has Harry Potter themes (I even have HP shoes) I love that it is for kids and adults and it brought a lot of joy to so many people be it the books or the movies. Who doesn’t love magic!
In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. It is written by a doctor who let the NHS and his doctor career completely. He kept notes on things he experienced during his training, some of it is hilarious, bokey (make you gag a wee bit), emotive, sad – it is an emotional roller coaster. He helps people see the stresses, strain, challenges, amazing moments that as an NHS worker we experience. It opens the world of care up to the public so they can appreciate just what care workers go through, it is horrific, the pressure, the positions you are put in, things you are exposed to and sadly how abused he was in his position as a doctor. I think reading this book will give everyone an insight into just how amazing our doctors are and how much we really should appreciate what they actually do and give us. God forbid one day we don’t have it, Happy 70th birthday NHS <3
Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
So first I have to say Master Stephen King, I started reading him when I was a kid (I know I had no place reading books like that at that age) and that sparked a love of reading and horror. For years horror and King was all I read, I think he is a fantastic creative genius he has created so many amazing characters and I love that there are links from one book to others.
Kimberley Chambers, she is one of those authors I so look forward to reading her books but I also have the fear picking them up. She writes to such a high level that I just think how long can she keep her readers on their toes, packing punches and blowing them out the water. And yet she does, every. single. time! She is also such a down to earth person, what you see if what you get, no airs and graces she is who she is. Also, her animal antics is hilarious, first mad Fred (wee jack russel type dog), then Dolly (a wee fluffy pom type fox mix) and then Vinnie the cat who has an owner but comes to her place to terrorise her lmao. All this she shares on her author page, if you haven’t read her you should, if you don’t follow her (on social media, I am not encouraging stalking lol) check her out.
My third was a toss up between J K Rowling (I LOVE HP SERIES) but I have to pick Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is one of my all time fav reads. I have bought it 13 times now as I keep giving it out to folk who haven’t read it, I gave it out one year for World Book Night. I bought her back catalogue after reading it. I think she creates fantastic characters and worlds that you get drawn into them quickly.
Some brilliant author and reading suggestions. I have to admit to not having any Harry Potter – I may now give it a try after your enthusiasm Llainy.
As always, thank you for your support.