Andrea Thompson, also known by me as the #MerVamp and occasionally #QueenOfTheGrassSack, has agreed to be the first on my new monthly feature spotlighting authors and bloggers. Why is this a special moment for me? Andrea was actually the very first book blogger who agreed to review Exiled – and it was an amazing review. Her review broke new ground for me. Not only was it my first review, it was my first 5-star review.
Want to read this special review? Check it out here.
Naturally, I didn’t just pick Andrea because she gave me my first review. I picked her because I think she’s a wonderful a person and I love her website, The Bookish Babes.
Andrea has an approach to book blogging that I admire. She’s not afraid to review a book she doesn’t like, but when she does, it’s done in the most respectful manner. She goes out of her way to link her readers with a positive review that challenges hers, and she only ever states a respectful and honest opinion that is her own.
Not only is Andrea a great book blogger, she’s also an incredible supporter to indie authors and one of the sweetest people I’ve met. Andrea was one of my first friends when I joined the world of Twitter, and we’ve had many conversations that are far too ridiculous to explain. Most of them fall into the “you had to be there” category.
I’ve personally witnessed Andrea helping people who are both new to Twitter and to blogging. She shares her experiences and helps out wherever she can. She’s kind, generous, and a true gem in the world of books. She’s an all-around wonderful person who brings a smile to my face regularly. As such, I’ve invited her here today to bring one to yours! So without further ado, I give you the one, the only, THE MerVamp.
1. Name the first book you fell in love with; that first story that sucked you in and didn’t let go. Tell us what story sparked your passion for books?
The first book I remember loving was Little House in the Big Woods. I was six. I’ve reread that series so many times, I’ve lost count. I also loved Sweet Valley Twins. In high school, I had an awesome librarian who would hand me book after book. You could say we were kindred spirits when it came to our love for books. The two that stand out are Rebecca and The Thorn Birds. The number one book, for me, is To Kill a Mockingbird.
2. You have a passion for reading, that much is clear, but book blogging is time consuming and a lot of times it feels like a full-time job. Tell us what makes it all worthwhile for you and why you love it.
I feel that the time and effort is worth it when I read a book that I would have never discovered without blogging. The biggest payoff, though, is the friendships that I’ve made.
3. As a reader, what makes you pick up a book? And as a book blogger, what makes you decide to review it?
If a book perks my interest, the first things I do is check the reviews to see what fellow readers think. As a blogger, a great synopsis is a must. Then I check reviews to see what other readers have to say.
4. For any aspiring or already published authors reading this, what is the best approach they can take to having The Bookish Babe agree to review their book? Since everyone reading this knows an author ALWAYS reads the review policy before contacting a book blogger, are there any other tips you could offer?
Have your ducks in a row. Write an email that addresses me as a person, includes vital information about the book (synopsis, links, genre). I’m just not going to take the time to search for your book.
5. For that same crowd, what is one thing that really grinds your gears and makes you not want to read and review a story?
When I receive an email with a link to the book’s page, and nothing else.
6. What book series that has not yet been optioned for film, would you love to see made into a movie?
Besides yours? 😉 Hmm… I would love to see the Night Huntress series made into movies. Bones on the big screen? Sign me up!
7. What’s the most emotional book you’ve read this year?
Off the top of my head, Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia.
8. Name a book from one author you would recommend to everyone that isn’t written by a handsome blond Canadian?
You’re cruel, Matt. I feel like everyone should at least try Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
9. Hypothetical: Your house is on fire and there is only one clear path to get to the safety of the outside world. On your way out, your bookshelf collapses and three books you were dying to save are thrown to your feet, completely undamaged. What books are they?
I hate you now. This is truly an impossible question to answer, like asking me which of my kids I love the most or my favorite rocker dude. I’m going to cheat and say my kids’ photo albums.
10. If you were could become any character from a book, what book would it be and why?
I would choose to be Ciara Griffin from Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP Radio series. Why? Because then I could have Shane McAllister. Yes, he’s a vampire, but he wears flannel, plays guitar (left-handed) and looks a bit like Kurt Cobain.
11. You’re trapped on a desert island with no chance of rescue. Ever. Two characters from a book are with you, who are they and why?
Brian Sinclair and Trey Mills from the Sinners on Tour series. Why? They are brilliant musicians, passionate, fun and know how to show a girl a good time.
What’s your preference?
Love Triangles Yay or Nay: Nay, unless they’re done really well.
Best Concert You’ve Been To: Chevelle! I went to a music fest and they were freaking fantastic. The energy was insane!
Dream Vacation: Australia, but only the cities on the coast. I’m too delicate for the Outback
Cats or Dogs: Neither? I’ll go with cats because I love the looks of disdain they give.
Spiders or Snakes: Ugh, neither!
Chocolate or Caramel: Chocolate
Food: Pizza, Chinese, Brown Beans with Cornbread, ice cream, chips
80’s Movie: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck
Scene From a Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when we see Snape’s memories and learn exactly what he did for Harry and how he never stopped loving Lily.
Smell: A brand new book.
Let me say thank you to Andrea for taking the time answer my questions and play a part in the launch of my new website. Now that you’ve all had a chance to get to know her, head over to her website if you haven’t already, and check it out. There’s a ton of great content and she hosts some stellar giveaways. Need more than just a book review? Check her out on Twitter! You won’t regret it.
I hope you all enjoyed the first Blogger Alert. Tomorrow we have our Author Alert with Karina Halle and a very awesome giveaway!