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What a Week [31] – Blogger Interview: Terri @ Second Run Reviews

Today I’m very excited to share Terri @ Second Run Reviews interview. Terri is one of my top favorites in the blogosphere with her very unique blog design and blogging style.

terri_m_leblanc_headshot_250x250About Terri

By day I’m a project manager for a higher education marketing company. I use many of my skills and acquired marking knowledge to keep Second Run Reviews going. My dream would be to make money doing this (or something related to books).

In my spare time, when I’m not working my 9-to-5 job or blogging, I can be found spending time with my horse, Jezebel, or my cats and equally nerdy husband.

My fandoms include Doctor Who, Supernatural, Outlander, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

Terri’s Interview

When did you start blogging and why?

My first post went live in December of 2013. The intention was to go live after January 1, but I read a book that I wanted to shout from the rooftops about so I went live early.

I started blogging because I was connecting with so many great local self-published or small press published authors. I wanted to share my love for their books and give them a boost.

Who inspired or mentored you?

My friend and author, Jade Eby (www.jadeeby.com) has been a great mentor. When I mentioned wanting to start my own blog she gave me lots of advice about blogging platforms and how to look at other blogs to find inspiration for my own.

My sister is a great inspiration to me. I started throwing books her way shortly after she graduated from college. She read what I read. We would talk about the books and that lead me to start writing a few reviews here and there. She’s always sending me ideas for Second Run Reviews and she’s one of my most consistent commenters.

Your blog theme is my absolute favorite in the blogosphere. What is the story behind it? How did you come up with it?

I grew up in a small town in Minnesota. The nearest bookstore was 45 minutes away as was the largest movie theatre complex. I was always behind the times in reading the greatest book and seeing the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Most of my life I’ve been reading books and seeing movies after the hype is over, once they hit the second run theatre or the clearance rack.

The goal was to create a blog where you don’t feel the pressure to read the next best thing since the last next best thing was released. I wanted to be able to read at my pace and stay away from the hype as much as possible. Hence Second Run Reviews was born.

What do you enjoy most? Blogging, photography, reading, horseback riding or movies?

It depends on the day.

When I’m on a trip or with my nieces and nephews, photography is a huge thing for me. Being able to capture what I’m seeing in a candid manner and sharing that with others brings me great joy. I’m a fan of minimal post processing.

When I’m stressed, I love going out to the Barn and riding Jezebel. It’s the one place I don’t feel the need to answer to anyone else. It’s just the horses and me.

Blogging and reading go hand in hand for me. I read, therefore, I blog. I blog, therefore, I read. I find inspiration in the books I read and the conversations I have with people about books.

And movies! It’s one of the many things that brought my husband and I together. We spent many hours walking up and down the aisles of Blockbuster searching for rare independent gems when we were dating. Our favorite thing to do on the weekend is head to the local second run movie theatre and catch a flick paired with soda and popcorn with REAL butter.

Any other passions new or old that you want to share with us?

I’m a Disney nut. I worked for our local Disney Store until is abruptly closed its doors over a decade ago. I still meet with 3 of my co-workers and one of our best guests (customer) every month for coffee.  And a few years ago I treated myself to a personalized plate for my car—DSNYFAN.

Oh, and if no one could tell from my blog design, I’m a theatre geek. I was involved in theatre throughout high school.  My husband and I are season tickets holders at our community theatre. So yes, there is a reason for the theatre masks and the title of the Director.

You dared me! so I have to ask… what is your favorite movie?

You asked for it…

Classic Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Wizard of Oz.

Classic Disney Princess Movie: Sleeping Beauty. She has a blue dress (my favorite color) and her prince is so forward thinking, trying to buck tradition and marry some peasant he found in the woods.

Modern Disney Princess Movie: Tangled. It was the first time in a very long time that I remember being so caught up in a movie that my husband had to remind me to breathe.

Pixar Movie: Up. Those first 10 minutes get my every time.

Favorite Classic Musical: Is there really anything better than The Sound of Music?

Favorite Modern Musical: This one is tough…Wicked and Into the Woods (don’t watch the latest movie release, watch the Bernadette Peters version).

Favorite Christmas Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (classic). Elf (modern).

I adore horses! Jezebel is so beautiful! love the name… the history behind it… edgy! like the books I like to read 🙂 would you tell us more about Jezebel? . How did find and choose her? maybe some interest facts about her?

I always wanted a horse, but my parents would never buy me one. In 2007, I was looking for a new hobby and decided it was time to learn to ride. I just wanted to know enough about riding to be safe. Eventually I wasn’t taking lessons and just paying for an hour of riding.

After a trip a dude ranch in 2009, my instructor introduced me to Jezebel’s owner. She was looking for someone to help her with expenses, as she wanted to buy a younger horse for shows. I’ve been the proud co-owner of Jezebel, a 19-year-old black Arabian, since that time. Her name definitely fits her personality! Some days she is a total sweetheart and other…watch out!

What is your favorite book blogging feature? (yours or in which you participate) and why?

I love my In the Spotlight feature. I give authors a chance to talk about their craft via author interviews, practice their craft via guest posts or they can promote a book release or book sale.

I’m looking forward to re-launching Rewind Review as the Encore. My sister was the inspiration for that. I’m going to reflect on books I’ve re-read and bring back some of my older posts.  Outlander will be my first featured book.

And I know that I have many fans of Scenic Sunday where I feature my photography paired with some of my favorite quotes. This feature has been key in keeping me connected with my camera and getting me away from my desk.

What blogger should I interview next and what would you like me to ask that blogger?

You should interview the ladies over at ChapterBreak.net Lynn, Rose, Julie and I are sponsoring the #ShelfLove Challenge. You’ll have to ask them how that challenge came about.

Hope you enjoyed this interview. Please leave a comment for Terri. She’ll love to hear from you 🙂


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  1. Awe, Terri is a sweetie, and I loved this interview. It is always such fun getting to know the blogger behind the blog!
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  2. Great interview, nice to learn more about our fellow bloggers. Terri’s site is unique and always fun. I’ll have to head over and check out some of her features.

    I like the new look too, Daniela.
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  3. Oh Daniela – a new look! It looks great!!!

    And thanks for the interview with Terri Daniela – it’s interesting to see what draws others to blogging and what they enjoy reading (and watching!).

    My niece is a Disney nut as well (and is about to start working at Shanghai Disney when it opens as a Princess!), so I smiled at that one!

  4. I love Terri’s theme too. You can tell she’s a pro!
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  5. You got me, I borrowed it last saturday at the library ! Though it was in French, so I’m balancing whether to buy it in English or not… I’ll see 🙂

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