It’s probably pretty obvious by now that I love bloggers. Seriously. Without them, my job would be next to impossible. They really are a special breed, and truly some of the kindest and most helpful people I’ve ever worked with. Today’s guest is extra special, because not only is she a blogger, but she’s a huge supporter of New Adult fiction, which has taken the market by storm the last couple of years, and is obviously, near and dear to my heart. Read on and meet Lori of She Reads New Adult!
1. When and how did you decide to become a book blogger? I became a book blogger in 2009. I had another book blog, Just Bookin’ Around. It’s still out there, I just don’t update anymore. Then earlier this year, with the help of some other girls, we formed She Reads New Adult. I love reading and writing about that genre and saw a perfect niche for a new blog!
2. How did you come up with your blog’s name? My writing blog is: She Writes Books, so I wanted something similar, and not only does “she” read books, but she reads New Adult!
3. What makes your blog unique and/or different? We are primarily a New Adult book blog. At the time I started, there were only a handful of us out there. Ii think we’re the only blog who features the Top 10 New Adult books on Sunday. We also do author spotlights, author interviews, giveaways, and other interviews, such as cover artists, editors, etc.
4. What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews? If I am able to finish a book, it deserves at least three hearts. Something kept me invested until the end. I won’t review a book if I can’t finish it. After writing books myself, I know how heartbreaking negative reviews can be to the author, so I have chosen not to be that person.
5. What are your favorite genres to read/review, and why? I absolutely love NA Contemporary Romance. I also like contemporary romance. Books that tell a good heart wrenching story really get to me. Ones with “the moral to the story” type messages. We don’t live in a perfect world, and I think this is part of the reason I like reading about flawed characters.
6. What are your biggest turn-offs in a book? How about that special thing that always wins you over? Insta-love is annoying. Immediate attraction is one thing, but insta-love is not. Though I am personally a romantic at heart, who wants to believe in love at first sight, it’s an exception, rather than a given. I enjoy a good story. Something unique, and different. I want to be able to say: “Hmm. Didn’t see that coming!”
7. Where do you see your blog a year from now? I would like to do less promo posts, and more reviews. I enjoy posting cover reveals and release day blitzes, I just want to try and not do more than 1 a day.
8. What do you think the next “big” thing in fiction will be? There are a ton of very talented authors out there right now. I think NA is sweeping the industry, but I think that NA needs to broaden and branch out from Contemporary and Romance. We need more post apocalyptic, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy NA! 🙂
9. If money were no object, how would you spend your days? Reading, writing, running, and blogging. Talking books. Going to author events, etc. Oh! And if there’s a beach and tropical weather involved? All the better!
10. How can readers and writers find you?