Kami posted PART I of our interview, so before you read everything below you need to click on over and read Kami's post first! If you don't, you may get a bit confused. Don't worry, I will wait.
**READING, READING, READING, READING**
I hear ya! We are working on remodeling my daughter's bedroom! It is crazy! I hope you get all your projects done.
I love your dogs name!! I have a dog too. His name is Chewy.
Okay, I have a lot of favorite authors, so I'll just mention a few that I think needs more attention. Maria V. Snyder books are SO much fun! I also love John Flanagan. He has great characters and enthralling stories. I'm a big fan of Charles Dickens, Lloyd Alexander, and other old school master storytellers.
One of my all time favorite author events was seeing Markus Zusak! He had amazing stories to tell, and he really loved our library and audience. He got a little emotional because of the love and support he had here. He was so charming and sweet! The director of our library said they would bring him back sometime. I can't wait!
|Kami and Cary Elwes|
Do you have any authors or books you love that you think deserve more attention and hype?
To wrap up my questions for you, what advice would you give to other bloggers and readers?
So amazing! I'm always a bit jealous of you and your author events. I used to live in St. Louis and frequently attended amazing author events. I now live in Montana and few authors come to my neck of the woods. I miss it so much!
Books or authors that I believe don't get enough attention? That's a hard one! Speaking of Markus Zusak, I think his novel, I Am The Messenger doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. I absolutely adore this book, but everyone else swoons over The Book Thief. I still like the latter and more popular title, but Messenger struck me as phenomenal and possibly even life-altering. I know that there are so many more authors and titles out there that deserve more attention, but I can't think of anything else right now. I will as soon as we publish this interview though!
Lastly, my advice for other bloggers and readers . . . Read whatever you want. Read the fluff. Read the chunksters. Read the improbable stories. Read as much as you can. Because reading is important. Stories are important. And, for my fellow bloggers, just be you. Post what you want, when you want. Let YOU shine through!
Okay, my final questions for you . . . what advice do you have? And, last but not least, what are your inspirations (for blogging, for reading, for life - you choose)?
My advice for readers and bloggers is about the same as yours. Don't worry what others think or how many followers you have. Read and blog for you! Don't feel like you have to apologize for the books you like, and don't get caught up in numbers. If you love it, shout it out loud! If you are in a reading slump, take a break! Remember that this is all for fun.
I get inspired from other bloggers and authors. I love great dedicated bloggers that do fun things, and I love being a part of a great literature community. I feel very blessed to live in Utah where we have such a great and supportive book community. Our book stores are awesome, our libraries are awesome, we have a plethora of local authors, and I have lots of blogger friends. All of them inspire me and make me feel happy that I'm a reader and a blogger. I also have to give a shout out to my husband and daughter. They are SO supportive of me. My hubby is always willing to take care of our kid and our home while I dash off to do bookish things. I love my little family!
Thank you so much Kami!! I think your answers to these last two questions were my favorite of this entire interview!! Some day I hope to take a road trip into your bookish community to experience a little bit of it myself!!