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In the spotlight [21]: Blogger Interview – Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

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!

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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).

acrobats-412011_960_720K: 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! 🙂

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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.

D: so Ravenclaw huh?… yup I think it fits you perfectly 🙂 if you were the sorting hat and had to place 6 bloggers in Hogwarts Houses… what bloggers and houses would it be and why?

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!

UPDATE

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!

Don’t miss the next blogger interview with Barb @ Booker T’s Farm

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38 Comments

  1. Wonderful feature. I discovered Kristen’s blog last week and have had a blast looking at some of her older posts. She is really good at what she does and is quickly becoming one of my favorites already!
    Barb(boxermommyreads) recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday (50) – Stop the Presses!My Profile

  2. What a great interview! I’ve never seen her blog so I’m headed now to check it out. 🙂
    AngelErin recently posted…Insane Genre Challenge Update #4My Profile

  3. Wonderful interview. I love urban fantasy, so I need to check out Kristen’s blog. I love Disney movies, even though they are for my children, even adults get a few laughs.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Visions of Heat by Nalini SinghMy Profile

  4. Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! And psh, I don’t have to be patient with your long comments because I love them! But good luck trying to get me to talk about my WIP 😛
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…Book Review: Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles Book 1) by Jadah McCoyMy Profile

  5. This is such an in depth interview, I love it! And there is no such thing as a non-Disney fan. I review to accept it! You should go on a Disney Cruise Kristen. They’ve got a brand new tangled musical.

    Gryffindor eh? My mind says ravenclaw but I accept it!

  6. Omigosh! This was such a fun interview. And I although I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job at getting to know Kristen, I just learned so much about her. 🙂 I’d have never considered the circus in such detail. And I love Tangled too! And Kristen, I’m totally a Hufflepuff! 😉 I also really appreciate the kind words. As I’ve told you before, I’m happy to have ‘met’ you. You really creative and fun to talk to!

    Daniela, thanks for putting Kristen in your Spotlight!
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  7. Urban fantasy and Disney movies! Yay! HI Kristen and Daniela! I’ve just been on Kristen’s blog, catching up, and then I come over here and – are you stalking me, Kristen? 😉
    This is such a wonderful feature (and a great interview!), it’s so nice to get to know people a bit better. I’m glad you realised Daniela actually belongs in Slytherin. I think I do too. 🙂
    Annika @ Hiding Books recently posted…Conversations: Diversity and Mental HealthMy Profile

  8. Nice interview! It’s always fun to get Kristen’s thoughts on urban fantasy, and I’ve got some ideas for new reads from reading her posts. 🙂 In fact, Nightstruck the one I just read I saw on her site.

    I don’t know the houses! I’ll have to do some reading up on them. I’m curious now! 🙂
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  9. UF, Disney movies and Circus, you say?? how come we aren’t already best friends, Kristen?
    Both my daughters go to circus school, and I love watching their shows – so creative, and they both do aerials so they look like they’re floating with the music. I wish I was nimble enough to do that myself 😀
    I think my new favorite Disney movie is Frozen, because the strongest love was between sisters 🙂
    Thanks for the great interview, Daniela and Kristen!
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  10. I love this feature. And what a great interview. I found both Kristen and your blog through the Sunday Post meme in the beginning of this year, and I always love reading about your weeks. I’m so glad I started doing the Sunday Post!!
    And I also looooove Tangled.. A great movie and an great quote. 😉
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  11. This is such an awesome interview Daniela! I love Kristen her blog and it’s fun to learn more about her in this interview 🙂

    Kristen, I love how you’ve written your bio! I always suck at writing them or about me pages, so I admire those who can write a catchy one. Oh and I can relate to remembering too much of your dreams, although it’s not always a good thing as I tend to have a lot of nightmares or bad dreams as well.

    I never participated in Cover Characteristics myself, but I always enjoy seeing the post on Kristen her blog as I love looking at covers and she always finds the best covers!

    I haven’t watched Tangled yet. I watched a lot of Disney movies as a kid and never watched many of the newer ones, I am not really a big Disney fan, but I do enjoy their movies. The most recent one we watched was the Emperor’s new Groove, which was a great one!

    I didn’t realize you had actually participated in a Circus, that’s pretty cool! I’ve only been to one or two circus as a kid. And I read a mystery book about the circus, which made me appreciate the whole unique culture those people have.

    I love urban fantasy and paranormal, although I haven’t read as many books int hat genre recently due to my cozy mystery binge, although I think I am slowly waving back to fantasy and romance as well as I’ve been feeling more in the mood for those lately.

    I think you sorted me pretty well :). I once did the sorting hat thing on Pottermore and I think I ended up in Ravenclaw as well then. Probably why we get along so well as we’re both in the same house ;).
    And Brandee fits well as a Hufflepuff in my opinion as like you said she’s such a nice and friendly person!

    Again great interview and sorry for my long rambly comment! really enjoyed reading this interview!
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    • Aww thanks! Bios can be difficult, but I kinda just didn’t fret too much about being professional and tried to let my own voice come through 🙂 And I’m glad you like the book covers I post. I definitely think you should watch Tangled though!

      Thank you again 😀 Yeah, the fact that I’ve done circus myself has never really come up on my blog. Just my love for circus books lol.

      Can’t wait to see the paranormal & urban books you’ll be reading now that you’re getting back into them 🙂

      You’re right, we do seem to have a lot of random, little things in common, and now it makes sense why! Go Ravenclaw! By the way I always love your long rambly comments 😛
      Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 4/10/16My Profile

    • yay I looove your long comments Lola! I can’t wait for your interview. 🙂
      Daniela Ark recently posted…In the spotlight [21]: Author Interview – V.J. PattersonMy Profile

  12. Such a fun interview! I love Kristen’s blog, so I was eager to learn even more about her. The circus thing is really fun – I think Kristen’s right about the amount of strength and talent it takes!
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction recently posted…The Series Dilemma – Let’s DiscussMy Profile

  13. Oh, love this. Have just followed some of your boards Kristen. Am not a big Pinterester but check it every so often when I can’t sleep and I keep picking up my iPad….

    And I’m not sure I knew Rapunzel was your favourite Disney movie? I think my niece is scheduled for that role at Shanghai Disney… but we won’t know the detail until it opens in June!
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