Today I’m very happy to have my girl Kristen here! I love her blog with its down to earth, honest, [but still full of niceness] content. AND she likes urban fantasy. AND she supports indie authors. SO she finds the best books ever. AND she writes great reviews. AND SHE WRITES [like in she has a WIP]!!! [I’m still trying to get her to share some of that, soon, soon I hope]. So I probably spend more time reading her blog that mine! Which reminds me… AND Kristen is like super patient with me and my looooong comments on her posts.
OK, now meet Kristen!
Hi! Kristen here 🙂
As you’ve probably figured out, I’m a big lover of books and always have been. I mostly read fantasy and science fiction but will read any genre if it catches my interest. I also love self-published books because my tastes tend to run darker, more intense, and/or quirkier than average, and every now and then I find a gem that blows every other book I’ve read out of the water. I never regret reading a book because I take something from every book I read, but I do find it a lot more fun to talk about the ones I like.
I’m also working on some books of my own, constantly learning, sharing my experiences, and looking for fellow writers to connect with.
As for the non-reader/writer parts of me… Well, I’m a Ravenclaw. Handstands are my spirit animal. My favorite color is red. I love the night because it has a magic and a stillness that makes everything feel more meaningful and makes me feel more like myself. I’m ridiculously indecisive. I have six piercings in one ear even though I’m afraid of needles. I love all things gymnastics and circus. And my skill set includes cutting open pomegranates without slicing a single seed, quoting Disney movies, remembering far too many of my dreams when I wake up, and taking weird selfies.
Kristen thanks for the interview!
D: What made you start blogging?
K: I actually lost my bookworm way for a few years at one point when I became really busy with other things. It was around mid 2014 when I started really getting back into reading, and then I started finding these amazing books that I just HAD to talk about. I mean, these books *deserved* to be talked about. That was when I discovered Goodreads (seriously, I was so out of the loop that I didn’t even know about GR) and book blogging, and, once I joined in with my own blog, the wonderful community sucked me right in!
D: You are a very active and social blogger [I’m so jealous of how productive you are 🙂 ] that takes part in many features in the blogosphere. Which one is your favorite and why?
K: I really like both Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish and Cover Characteristics at Sugar & Snark, but what I really love about CC is that you don’t have to read the same books as other people to enjoy it since it’s all about the covers. (I read a lot of self-published books, so that can make it hard to connect with other bloggers on certain TTT topics.) Plus I’m a very visual person and just love looking at gorgeous book covers. Some of them are legitimate works of art!
D: So… a Disney fan! (I don’t understand how everyone is not) what is your favorite Disney movie and why? and a quote since you love them!
K: My theory is that non-Disney fans just haven’t found the right movie yet 😉 This is a super easy question for me though because Tangled is not only my favorite Disney movie but my favorite movie period. I’ve seen it a ridiculous number of times, but I still find something new—a detail, a hidden meaning, more depth to the characters and relationships, etc.—each time I watch it. It also has a lot of personal meaning to me about inner strength.
As for a quote, you can never go wrong with Megara: “I’m a big, tough girl. I can tie my own sandals and everything.” I love that one because it’s makes the perfect mini pep-talk.
D: I know you love circuses. Please tell us more about it. I’m fascinated by it because I’m terrified of circus! (not sure why).
K: I don’t know why so many people are terrified of circus! I’ve always been drawn to circuses and carnivals in general, ever since I was kid, because they’re so fun and almost fantastical, yet they’re also so inherently creepy. But for me it’s a good kind of creepy. There’s so much potential there, this feeling that anything could happen.
But part of the reason I love it so much now is because, when I was in college, I ended up getting into circus arts myself. I had already done gymnastics for most of my life (though I was only doing it for fun at that point, not competition), so it was a perfect fit for me. I mostly stuck to aerial silks and hammock, but I worked for a local cirque style circus company for a short period of time and had fun playing around on all the equipment 😛 I also gained a greater appreciation for performers when I learned just how difficult some of those seemingly effortless acts really are.
Most people think of clowns and elephants when they see the word circus and forget that things like Cirque du Soleil are also circus. Don’t get me wrong though, both are great in their own ways. One of the best books I’ve ever read was actually Sawdust & Spangles: Stories & Secrets of the Circus, an autobiography by W.C. Coup about a late 1800s traveling circus, because the way circus used to be—dangerous, horrifying, gritty, quirky, and romantic all at once—is just fascinating to me. But in the present times, I’ve seen some acts and skills that take so much strength, flexibility, trust, balance, control, technique, timing, etc. (not to mention all the fabric/rope burns, bruises, and other various injuries no one ever sees) that it’s awe-inspiring and literally breathtaking. I never cease to be amazed at what the human body is capable of and the beauty that can be created with it.
Check out Kristen’s Circus Pinterest Board! So Cool! 🙂
D: You feature tons of great books in your weekly posts could you pick a favorite?
K: Hmmm, I’m usually more of a series person, but for this question I’m going to go with a book that reads as a standalone because it was amazing and just had everything—great characters, lots of emotion, a beautiful story, and a gorgeous cover. And that book would be The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot. It’s a historical fantasy inspired by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
D: You like nighttime, moonlight, dystopian… and (omg cringing here lol)… circus!) so I hope you don’t care if we venture into terrifying, dark territories… If you could only read ONE genre (isn’t that terrifying?) which one would it be and why?
As much as I would hate to give up all the books in other genres (the thought of missing out on potential amazing books really IS terrifying), there’s still no contest as to what I’d choose. If I can be vague, I’m going with fantasy. If I have to be more specific, paranormal and urban. I love paranormal creatures. I love seeing the different ways they’re portrayed and the different stories authors are able to create about them. And having them dropped into our world as the setting makes the stories more relatable and interesting for me.
K: Oh my goodness, I feel like people are going to hate me if I get their houses wrong! But I’ll give it a go. I would put you, Brandee from Bookworm Brandee, and Greg from Book Haven in Hufflepuff because you’re some of the friendliest bloggers I’ve met and go out of your way to spread the love to other bloggers. I would put Anissa from She Reads Too Much in Gryffindor because she seems like a passionate, risk-taking kind of person. I would also put Amber from Du Livre in Gryffindor because she seems like she’s never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what’s important to her. And I would put Lola from Lola’s Reviews in Ravenclaw with me because she’s always designing websites and blog tours, coloring, cooking, and doing creative, thinking-outside-the-box kind of things. Ok so I’m probably not as good at this as the sorting hat is, but I tried!
Kristen later realized of her MASSIVE mistake
and sorted me back where I belong which is Slytherin 🙂
D: And finally, who should I interview next and what should I ask this blogger?
K: I think you should interview Lola @ Lola’s Reviews. I would love to know how she manages to keep everything so organized and put-together. It seems like she manages to get so much done between her real life, her blog tours, her posts, commenting on other blogs, and even helping me out when I have blogging questions, but her blog always looks perfect and seems like it never misses a post!
Have any questions for Kristen? Leave a comment!
Kristen and I would love to hear from you!
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