Welcome to my weekly “In the Spotlight“! featuring my favorite authors and bloggers.
Today I want you to meet Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library,
Katherine, thanks for letting me interview you. It was great to get to know you better 🙂
I’m a stay-at-home mom with 4 kids Eleanor (19), Emma (17), Paul (16) and the Tornado (4). In the corporate world I was a Systems Analyst dealing with computer security.
In addition to books I love food and always love to try new recipes. I like to think I can do DIY projects but the results are decidedly mixed! I enjoy TV but have commitment issues with movies. TV-wise I like pretty much any of the BBC dramas including Sherlock, Whitechapel, and Doctor Who as well mystery shows like Elementary, CSI, NCIS and the spin-offs (though the Los Angeles one is a bit of a guilty pleasure), Criminal Minds, just about all the food competitions on Food Network and The Big Bang Theory.
I’ve always been a reader and generally have at least 1 book with me. My Kindle has made life a little easier because I no longer have to worry about finishing a book without another one with me. I read a wide variety of genres but especially mystery, food memoirs, romance and history. I also have a tendency to collect cookbooks. The local library has slowed the accumulation down a little but not much. Check out my favorites page to get a look at my favorite books! Also, for my review policies and philosophies take a look at my rating explanations page.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter at KEPitts1
D: Why did you start blogging?
K: I had done a project where I made a different variety of cupcake every week for a year and I thought it’d be fun to have a place to store what I used and my results and since I had started reviewing on Goodreads I went on and started a book blog to keep my reviews in as well. As time went on I got kind of bored with the cupcake blog but realized that I really loved reviewing books so I switched all my efforts over to I Wish I Lived in a Library and have really fallen in love with the whole book blogging thing!
D: What or who inspired you?
K: On a non-blogging front definitely my grandmother. She’s introduced me to tons of authors and I still enjoying talking books with her. In the blogging world there’s been so many people who have inspired me with their voice or the way they review and I’ve seen some amazing discussion posts.
D: Being a mom is a full time job! and you have FOUR kids! how do you find
time to blog?
K: LOL well the four is a little misleading because the oldest 3 are teenagers and really don’t take all that much time. The oldest has actually just finished her 2nd year in college and is living in a house with some friends and isn’t even planning on coming home this summer. The other 2 are always busy with work or friends and I hardly see them. We’re about to have 2 in college which will take it down to only 2 at home which is just bizarre to think about it. The youngest is 5 so there is some balancing with him.
D: That beautiful profile picture is your nineteen years old daughter right????
K: That’s so sweet. No that’s me though the photographer was very sweet with both the angle and the lighting. My driver’s license picture is not nearly as flattering!
D: What advice would you give to other stay-at-home moms that want to blog or write from home?
K: Decide the time you’re willing or able to give and just go by that. Finish what you can do in that time and then when time is up you’re done and no guilt about what you did or didn’t get done!
D: How being a Systems Analyst and dealing with computer security has defined your blogging style.
K: Most directly in the fact that I have no patience with messing around with coding and widgets or anything. I like as basic as possible I think because I got a bit burned out with dealing with computers daily! In general I’m very left brain and much more analytical than creative so I tend to do things in a step by step way. I use a template for reviews and keep careful track of everything in my calendars and use deadlines quite a bit. I guess I’m very task-oriented.
D: I see that you have just a few books with a five-stars rating. How would you describe a five-stars book?
K: There was a review site I visited years and years ago that deemed certain books “Desert Island books” as in a book you would take with you if you were going to be stranded on one and that’s what I kind of use as a guide for 5 Star ratings. Not only do I have to absolutely love everything about the book but I have to have gotten something out of it – a message or a new perspective. Most books I read tend to be in the 3 or 4 star range as in I really enjoyed it but it either won’t really stick with me, there was something that annoyed me, or I wouldn’t reread it which is usually the case with mysteries.
D: What advice would you give to new bloggers like me?
K: The main thing is do what you enjoy and don’t worry about the rest. This is supposed to be fun. None of us are getting rich off book blogging. The bloggers I’ve seen burnout tend to be those who really pile the expectations on themselves or are forcing themselves to read books that don’t appeal to them because they’re feeling pressured. It is so fun to see your stats grow but I think in the long run blogging how you want to blog makes for a better time. Also, try and build up a good number of reviews or other posts so if you’re not scrambling for a last minute post.
D: Any upcoming projects that you can share with us?
K: At this point not really. I have a few half baked ideas bouncing around in my head of things I’d like to do but no actual concrete ideas. I’d like to do more discussion posts but again I don’t have anything concrete.
D: Question from Trish at Between My Lines: What was your favorite post to write and why?
K: I had such a good time with a Top Ten Tuesday freebie not too long ago. I had been watching Murder She Wrote and reading mysteries so my head was seriously full of cozy mysteries and a freebie came up on the topics list so I went with 10 Things I’ve Learned from Cozy Mysteries. I’ve been wanting to get a little more creative and it was fun thinking of all the things that are so common in cozies. I had a really goo response which made me really happy as it’s always a little scary to step a little outside your comfort zone.
D: And finally… who should I interview next? what should I ask that blogger?
K: There’s so many awesome bloggers out there it’s hard to pick someone! Brittany Lover @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life comes to mind. We actually don’t read a lot of the same books but her reviews and posts are always so fun to read. My question would be umm…. this whole question thing is tough! How about – If she had to pick one book she thought everyone should read, regardless of genre preference, what would it be?
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