Today, I’m delighted to welcome Lorraine Rugman to the blog. Thank you for visiting Lorraine, please introduce yourself.
Many thanks for having me on your blog Mark, apologies for any errors and mistakes but my proof reader is at work (the hubby.) My name is Lorraine and I love books and coffee. I always have a book or my kindle in my hand, and more often than not a cup of good coffee. I especially enjoy reading crime and psychological thrillers and these are the books I mostly review on my blog.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
Not a lot 😂 it was a spur of the moment thing, I was off sick for three months after being attacked and injured at work. I was getting bored so I decided to set up my own blog. I’ve always shared my reviews to Amazon and thought why not share my reviews and my love of books on my very own blog. How difficult could it be? Surprisingly it was fairly straight forward and The Book Review Café was born.
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I must admit I sometimes struggle with my reviews, as I read so many crime and psychological thrillers it’s difficult not to use the same phrases or words to describe a book. I’m always full of self-doubt before I post a review, will people hate it? Will anyone actually read it? Is it even good enough? So writing reviews are definitely the worse part, which I’m sure people will think strange coming from a book blogger. The best thing about being a book blogger is finding new authors to read, having quotes from my reviews on books, being a character in a book (Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell in case you were wondering), interacting with some of my favourite authors, and being part of the blogging community (both supportive and friendly.)
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Straight away, because otherwise I would never get around to writing them. I also type notes on my IPad whilst I’m reading for prompts and points I want to cover. As I’m getting older (cough,cough) my memory isn’t as good as it used to be so that’s another reason I write them straight away.
If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
Unfortunately I haven’t but one day I hope to, there are so many I would love to meet Noelle from Crimebookjunkie, and Sarah Hardy at Bytheletterbookreviews are two of the first bloggers I followed they’ve always been big supporters of my blog and I’m in awe of all that they’ve achieved They prove dreams can come true. I could give you a list as long as my arm if you like? No? Ok I would also like to meet all the bloggers who are so supportive of my blog and say a massive “thank you” to them all. Although we have met they feel like friends, cliched but true.
If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
That’s an interesting question. So Mark Tilbury, what’s your next book about? (I’m desperate to know. I’m sure it’s going to be gruesome and I’m just wondering where your vivid imagination has taken you this time lol)
Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
I have loads of favourite authors, asking me to choose three is like asking a mother to choose her favourite child. Ok if I must the first one may come as a surprise considering I read crime and psychological thrillers.
Louise Beech. Every book she writes is so different and full of emotion, my turn to author when I need to escape the dark side (crime thrillers)
Karin Slaughter. I have read all her books, she’s definitely the “queen” of crime thrillers, gory, dark and gritty just the way I like them and boy can she tell a story.
Rob Ashman. Again I love his books as they are really dark and gory (I do love crime thrillers that push the boundaries) and he has such a vivid imagination (rather like yourself, another of my favourite authors, can we sneak that one in?)
Thank you for taking part Lorraine. And in answer to your question, the next book is called The Orphans of Innocence. I think it’s safe to say it could be described as gruesome, but in a different way to my previous work.
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