OK, this is going to make me sound weird, but when I hop over to Ashes Books & Bobs I just love the organization and general feel of her home page. I can scroll through blog posts, just like on a newspaper website and pick and choose based on the headline. Also, the pictures feel so literary and make me feel like I’m on bookstagram instead of a website. I can get caught up in surfing the pictures as much as the content. Ashley and I love some of the same authors so believe me, I do get lost in that content too. If you haven’t jumped over to check out Ashes Books & Bobs please click the link below, but come back and take a look at her answers!
Blogging is universal and even though we inhabit the same community, we don’t always live in the same country. What country do you live in?
I live in the USA. Texas to be more specific.
What is the view outside your front door?
My neighbors’ houses. I think the view from my backyard is much better. 🙂
Most blogs have a fun story of origin. Please share the story behind your blogs name and/or why you started blogging.
Ashes Books & Bobs is a play on the British saying “bits and bobs”. I was looking for a way to incorporate my love of British things into my name. I started blogging over 2 years ago with a good friend and decided to branch out on my own in October of last year. This name fits who I am and the theme I wanted to stick with.
Describe where you write your blog.
I write anywhere I can find a quiet place. Usually on my couch, at the kitchen table, or in bed.
Most of us have a stack of books sitting next to our couch or bed waiting to be read. What books are in your stack?
I have a huge stack this year because I’m trying to catch up on all of the unread books I own with the Beat the Backlist Challenge. I’ve already read some of these this year, but I still have to cross of The Shining, The River Widow, The Proposal, and more.
If you have had a bad day and want to spend an hour reading a book, what is your go to genre or favorite book that will lift your mood?
R.S. Grey’s books are a great way to lift my spirits. She’s the queen of ROM-COM!
When you aren’t blogging, how do you spend your time? Work, Play, School?
I’m a stay-at-home mom and homeschool my children, so I’m usually spending my time with them. I also enjoy working out or occasionally watching tv shows or movies with my husband.
What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
It may be slightly controversial to discuss but I was really proud of my post discussing politics in fiction: https://ashesbooksandbobs.com/2018/11/08/modern-books-and-political-agendas/.
Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? If so, what did you say to them? Looking back, what do you wish you had said instead?
Yes! I met Tarryn Fisher almost exactly a year ago. I wrote her a letter telling her about the impact her books made on me because I knew I’d be too nervous to say anything in person. I’m glad I did because she messaged me on Facebook later that day telling me my letter made her cry, which in turn made me cry.
If you could sit down with an author for a slice of cake and a question, who is the author, what kind of cake would you serve, and what is the first question you’d ask?
I’d love to have a nice chocolate cake with Amy Harmon! She’s one of my very favorite authors and I’d love to discuss how she’s easily able to transition from one genre to the next with each book release.
I’d like to thank Ashley for her answers and some great book recommendations. Tarryn Fisher’s books might scare me a little but the synopsis look fascinating. I am also a fan of Amy Harmon, she’s a great writer!
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