I’ve been in touch with Laura for a while now. I can’t actually remember how I first came across her blog, but now I’m a regular reader. She’s helped me out heaps of times with book and short story promos. Laura loves books, and I’ve found dozens of short stories and novels to read all because of her blog: FUONLYKNEW: Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews.I asked her if she’d like to answer some questions and she was game.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog FUONLYKNEW: Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
Well, I’m not exciting. I’m a single mother living on the Gulf Coast with my teenaged son. I work as an auto detailer, cleaning the interior of some really nasty cars. It’s very physical and exhausting work and I’m getting to old for it:)
I love reading, playing with me dog, Quigley, fencing words with my son, and spending time in the pool.
My blog is an escape. It’s something all my own. I express my thoughts, spread the word about great books and have met some wonderful bloggers, a few of which are now my friends and I’d love to meet face to face some day. Giveaways are a fun way to get a book I want to read and to get a book into an eager reader’s hands, so I do a lot of them. My favorite part of blogging is the comments. Everytime I see one in my inbox, I rush over to see what was said. I’ll continue to blog. It’s now a part of my life, an important part.
Blogging is definitely an escape for me too. My own virtual space! And I love the name Quigley for your dog. Do you have a second blog, or another blog you contribute to?
Yes, I contribute reviews to the blog AKAQ, short for http://aknifeandaquill.com We review and promote horror books. If someone doesn’t die, we don’t want it! lol
Good to know! How did you get into blogging?
About a year and a half ago, on a whim, I joined twitter. That led me to Goodreads, and then I started a blog. I’ve kept it simple and small, not out to make a big splash. I just love talking about books I’ve read and enjoy helping to promote them and the wonderful authors that keep me sane!
Do you ever get tired of seeing queries from authors in your inbox and want to scream, “Bloody authors, leave me alone”?
I only get frustrated because I can’t accept them all. I never thought I’d get so many and just wish I could accept every one. In this digital world, there are so many authors out there struggling to be heard, and I’d love to review them all, but, I do work for a living and there will never be enough time to read them all.
Do you have a favourite genre?
Oh Yeah! Horror. It has always been my favorite genre. I like being scared, whether it’s a serial killer, some supernatural being, or a scenario that could really happen. I love creatures the most. I eat horror novels like Doritos, which are part of my required reading tools.
What are the main book genres you get review requests for?
I get many different ones, but I’d say most of them are fantasy/paranormal, apocalyptic,horror,contemporary, suspense/thriller. Wow, now that I’ve written this down, I’m surprised.
What authors, alive or dead would you like to go for dinner and cocktails with?
That’s easy. Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I’d like to sit with them and start telling a story together. Each of us taking a turn. Bet that would lead in an interesting direction. As the cocktails flowed, it’d get really out there, not that these guys don’t go there often:)
I wouldn’t mind being a guest at that dinner party. What is the best way for authors to approach bloggers with review and promo requests?
I can’t speak for others, but the most important thing for me is, use my name. I get many requests that never mention my name and look like spam and start with thing’s like “Hey!” That’s not my name. Now, if I know ya, that’s different:) A brief synopsis and links to find the book are appreciated and save me time when I check to see if I might be interested. Also, hop over to my blog and read my review policy. Everything you need to know is there:)
You hear that authors? Address the blogger in your query. How much of your life does blogging and reading and reviewing take up? Do you ever have moments where you want to shut it down?
A huge chunk! I usually log in each morning and take care of emails and make sure my scheduled posts are up. Then it’s off to work. When I get home, I take time to eat and get comfortable, and jump back on my computer. I’ll take a break and watch some TV but always check my emails before going to bed.
The best times are when I don’t have to go in to work. I take advantage of free days to do a bunch of my blog drafts. I do less on the weekends and enjoy doing yardwork and reading by the pool. I’ve never felt an urge to quit blogging, but I have felt overwhelmed sometimes.
I’m so glad you asked me this! I’d be Elisabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice. I want to kiss Mr. Darcy!
Fun little questions:
Favourite book of 2013:
Each new one I get!
Tea or coffee?
Both. I love my coffee, but also like a cuppa tea now and then, expecially iced tea in the afternoon.
Wine or beer?
Wine, for sure. I like the drier Australian wines, but a good dark ale is tasty too. Especially on a hot day.
Favourite TV show of all time:
That’s a tough one. I’ll stick with more recent ones. The Closer and Eureka. Sadly, they’ve both ended, so now I’m shopping for something new. I do love Criminal Minds.
Oh wow. So many! Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s IT and Salem’s Lot. Also love the Alien and Predator movies.
Country/city you’d most like to visit in the world?
Ireland and Scotland. They look so beautiful and there’s so much history. Plus, a lot of my blogging pals live there:)
In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
A shotgun and a sword. The shotgun for a horde and the sword for up close. Also some really good shoes so I can run fast!
3 of your favourite blogs:
I follow so many my email explodes every day. Besides yours:) there’s
Sherry at her new site http://www.fundinmental.com
It’s not cheating because she’s my sister is it? We like to tag team our reviews and we are so different.
Ella at http://ellamedler.wordpress.com
She always cracks me up and she’s written some awesome books.
For her beautiful posts, with wonderful pictures, great music and exciting excerpts from her Light-Bearer Series, Emily at http://emilyguido.com
Thanks to Laura for answering all my questions. I think she’d be feisty as Elisabeth Bennett and well able to handle the arrogant but gorgeous Mr. Darcy. 🙂 I didn’t realise Sherry’s site was up yet; I’m going to pop over there now to say hello. She’s another cool book blogger. I think Laura and I would get along great in real life chilling out with a glass of wine and talking books, TV shows and horror films.
I recommend you all hop over to Laura’s blog and show her some support. If you’re a reader, you’re sure to find lots of new books to add to that pesky TBR list. If you’re a writer, check out what you can do to snag a spot on Laura’s site.
TGIF. Have a great weekend everyone.