BBAW Interview Day!

Happy BBAW Interview Day!

I was luck enough to interview Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity

Her fun style and interesting post had me thrilled to get the chance to interview her and to find a new blog to follow.  I hope you enjoy her interview and that you will stop by and check her out!

Lisa: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

Trish:  I started blogging solely about books five and a half years ago but as I started to get to really know other bloggers my content started becoming more personal. Now there is a mix of all aspects of my life on my blog–especially as I’ve started a new chapter of life as a mom. I’ve been accused of having too much energy but I’m hoping that in a small way I’m helping spread some joy across the community.

Lisa: Do you have any other hobbies outside of blogging and reading?

Trish:  It seems I’m always busy doing this or the other but some of my favorite non-bookish/blogging hobbies include quilting, crafting, cooking, and baking. Of course, if I can listen to an audiobook while doing these things it’s a double win.

Lisa: Share a little bit about your Pinterest Pin It and Do It challenge.

Trish: I fell in love with Pinterest last summer but didn’t take the time to actually do any of the things I pinned. I made this a goal in 2012 and after seeing so many others their obsession with Pinterest but lack of follow-through I started the Pin It and Do It Challenge. The challenge is easy–just complete something that you’ve pinned. The next round will start in October.

Lisa:  What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 

Trish: Great question! Wuthering Heights is a book that moody and atmospheric. As we start creeping into fall I’d love to visit the Moors featured in Wuthering Heights. Other than that? Hogwarts.

Lisa: Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How? 

Trish: I wouldn’t say that my reading tastes have changed but they have been enhanced since I started blogging. My eyes have been opened to so many different authors and books that I would have never discovered outside of blogging and I’m so grateful for that. I also find that I’m a more adventurous reader thanks to blogging.

Lisa: You have been blogging for 6 years, congrats, what have you learned along the way?  What advice do you have to share?

Trish:  There have been a lot of ups and downs for me as a blogger over the past five and a half years. I even gave up my popular book blog almost three years ago to start over at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity where I could blog without the (self-imposed) restrictions, guilt, and stress. Mostly what I’ve learned is that it is important to blog for yourself but mostly to be yourself. My advice for other bloggers is to not be afraid to break some of the rules. And have fun!

Thanks for the great interview, Trish! 

Armchair BEA Interview of Donna at Bites

Hey Everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying Armchair BEA!  I took the chance to interview a fellow blogger and learn a little bit about here.  So without wasting any more time let’s get to know Donna from Bites a little better!


How long have you been book blogging?

About two and a half years now.

Why did you start blogging?

I used to write reviews on my writing blog for the hell of it. Then I stumbled upon one of the publishers’ ARC programs and when I tried to sign up, I was denied because my blog wasn’t a pure review blog. So I farted around a little bit, came upon The Story Siren, among others, and got the inspiration to dive into the book blogging world. I transferred what reviews I already had, started posting and finding my footing in my own blogging world and the rest is history.

How did you pick your blog name?

In an early description of my review style I considered myself a Doberman Pinscher ripping into books. I chomped on books and spit out reviews. Bites was a natural formation from that whole mantra.

What is your favorite book from the last year and why?

That’s a hard one. Probably Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick. Just her writing, what she wrote about, and how she pulled you right into the story and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t get enough of it. I promoted it every chance that I got and I turned quite a few people onto that title that probably wouldn’t have heard of it otherwise.

If you could meet any author who would it be and why?

Probably Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her worldbuilding in her Seven Realms novels and I’d just want to pick her brain about writing and whatnot.

If you had pick just 3 books to take with you to a deserted island what would they be?

Why We Suck by Denis Leary, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling and Song of the Vampire by Carmen Adams

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.

I’m 28 with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in creative writing. I currently underwrite insurance (it requires very little of my degree, to my chagrin) during the day and I try as I might to write at night. Like many of my fellow book bloggers, I’d like to be published some day. I’m the owner of a psychotic Miniature Pinscher named Malfoy (yes that Malfoy, do you know another?) and the keeper of a fine soldier boy. I’m currently looking to relocate from Connecticut to a place that doesn’t know the meaning of snow and where I won’t suffer a small death every spring. 

Thanks Donna for sharing a bit about yourself!  I can’t wait to check out all of these interviews!  I am sure most will be more fun than mine.