Ever wonder about the person behind the blog? I mentioned back in January (here) that I would be starting a Meet the Blogger series. This series will feature some of my favourite bloggers as we go behind the scenes and have them answer the questions! I know I usually post this feature on Wednesdays, but, this week has been a struggle so I figured, better a day late than not at all!
Next up is Sue from Books From Dusk Till Dawn!
I am so excited to welcome Sue to my blog this morning! She was one of the first bloggers that I started following when I started my own blog; a fellow crime fiction lover like me, readers can find tons of amazing recommendations on her blog! Sue came up with her blog name because she works nights so while others are listening to music, she is listening to audiobooks. She literally reads from dusk until dawn! She is also a huge supporter of other bloggers on social media. Basically, she is fantastic!
Keep reading to see what Sue had to say when it was her turn to answer my questions!
Why did you decide to join the world of book blogging?
To be honest I wasn’t my idea. I had got quite proud of myself that I reviewed all the books that I read and would be thrilled when I got authors friend requesting me and saying thank you for the review, which was such a wow to me. I mean these people are Gods, right? Then at the end of May last year my FB TBC buddy Joanne Robertson (My Chestnut Reading Tree) and Author Robin Roughley got together and waterboarded me until I said I would do a blog. Ok well not so intensely a lot of nagging though. Joanne even came over to my house, a good 40 minute journey by car, so she could help me set up. By the end of my second week I had 5 followers and was ready to throw my new lap top up against the wall!
What have been your favourite and least favourite parts of being a book blogger?
I am really quite a shy person so by becoming a blogger it has made me leave that comfort zone behind, make online friends and become involved. I have met quite a few bloggers in person now too. I just love these people, it really is a strong bond between bloggers. A true community spirit.
I love the emails I receive from the authors. I normally get between 5 and 7 requests per day from independent authors asking me if I will review their books. Then after there is no better feeling when an email comes to say that their sales have spiked after my review has gone out.
I also love being able to reach so many people and express how each book makes me feel. There are certain books you really want to shout from the roof tops about, it is only other book lovers that understand that.
The least favourite part is the time all the emails take to sort out. I am sure I must be doing something wrong because there are so many of them lol
What have been your 3 favourite books to review since you started book blogging?
OK since I read so many different genres I will pick out three from different ones.
Crime thriller for me has to be anything Robin Roughley, so the last D. S. Lasser book Living Ashes, (Book 13) which came out December 2016
ScFi has to be Judas, The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 1 By Roy Bright
Comedy Casting Off by P. I. Paris
Have you always been a reader? If not, what got you into reading?
I always loved books and as a child I use to get 2 shillings and 6d spending money each week so I would buy a new book each week. I fell in love with Little Women and Black Beauty. When I had my own children they too grew up surrounded by books but I didn’t have time to read myself only to them. I had my last four children all with in 5 years and I worked 7 days a week. When I use to see a book I wanted to read I still bought it and put it away until they were grown up a few years. Then I read them.
Now the impossible question…what are some of your favourite books?
I loved Stephen King, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Virginia Andrews and read everything they put out. In recent years
Ted Dekker, The Circle
C.J. Box, The Joe Pickett series
J. A. Konrath , The Jack Daniels series
Robin Roughley, D. S Lasser series
I do tend to find an author and just buy everything they have written, if I really like them. I very much enjoy long series.