Of all the bloggers I have encountered, The Book Tart is one of my absolute favourites – her blog is enormous fun, and we bonded instantly over our love of TV shows, Dean Winchester and vintage stylings (she is one *super* stylish gal). So I’m delighted she agreed to take part in my Blogger Spotlight. Welcome, Kat…
Oh My Goodness! *Kermit flail* Thank you to Tracey,aka Thrifty Gal aka writer extraordinaire, for asking me to participate in her questionnaire (that I’m returning super duper late!) I’m thrilled to share my little blog journey.
Tell us a little bit about your blog – what does it cover, what are its themes or focus?
Well…. my bloggy home is The Book Tart and I review books, share cover reveals, spotlight novels that catch my attention, interview authors and basically… celebrate fictiony goodness!
My first love is romance…. so about 80% of the books I feature are in that genre but I also love PNR, UF, Sci-fi, YA and NA too.
I’m a bit of a tart 😉 flash me a pretty cover and tease me with a good synopsis and I’m interested in discovering more.
Why did you start book blogging?
I started in 2012 because I love love LOVE books! I wanted to connect with other passionate readers and as an unexpected bonus I’ve connected with authors. (I hadn’t really thought that far 😛 ) It’s been amazing making friends with other book fanatics like me, discovering books I’d never have picked up on my own and…. asking authors silly questions on my virtual couch!
My other reason is a project near and dear to my heart. I am working on a database so obsessed readers like myself can view new release books by DATE, filter by genre and make a shopping list of upcoming books they need to read.
I ALMOST had it working too. *head/desk* I have a programmer friend fixing the glitches in the coding that I purchased at the start of my site and I’m hopeful this is the year that portion of my website will actually work. 😉
How much time does the blog take in an average week?
6-14 hours. And reading books doesn’t count in that figure! 😛 It really depends on how many posts I have scheduled and how many interviews I need to write. I am a procrastinator and *blush* generally I’m formating a post the evening before it’s supposed to go live. This also means I’m NOT booked up very far in advance. *hint-hint* If any authors are looking for a playdate. 😉
How many books do you read, on average, a month?
Gahhhh! *wails* It USED to be 15-20 a month but…. in the past 7 months I’ve moved and started a new job… It’s sucking the energy from me and I am lucky to read 5 books a month. *perks up* I am hopeful I will find my balance and start to read more and get back to the blog output I produced at the start.
How long does it take to write each review?
I write a review in 1-2 hours-ish… It takes me longer to write my thoughts out than it does to talk about a story I love. When I video review a novel I can finish in half an hour. Put on one of my pinup dresses, cat eye liner and red lips then rave about the book in enjoyed. Sooooo it really depends on my mood. 😛 If I want to get dressed up or if I’d prefer to slouch in my pjs and pound out a review on my keyboard.
What kind of books do you accept for review, if any?
I accept fiction queries (a bit of romance is a must) but…. I do get quite a few requests so the synopsis + cover + a creative query are more likely to catch my attention and keep it. Remember *points up* I’m a tart. Tease me.
If interested please send your requests to email@example.com
If your story interests me and I don’t have time to read/review in the near future I would consider a spotlight/feature , guest posts or interview post.
Do you accept review copies from indie authors?
Yes. See above. 😉
Which author, alive or dead, would be your dream interview/guest poster?
Meep! What a question. I have a huge list of living authors I want to get alone on my interview couch.
But… If i had a author interview genie my first wish would be Baroness Orczy. I’ve adored The Scarlett Pimpernel since I was a young adult and I remember requesting the sequels from my library loan program. She seems to be a pretty fascinating woman and I’d love to ask her about Sir Percy and the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and about writing a female detective lead in Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.
And about being a baroness. 😉
What are you reading right now?
I’m half way through Melissa Marr’s Made For You. It’s dark, atmospheric and has hints of romance… I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I’d love it if you came and played with me at The Book Tart! We can oooo over pretty cover reveals and chat about books we’ve read or stories on our TBR mountains.
The book blog community is my favorite peoples and I’d love to meet more of you!
You can find Kat here: pop over, you won’t regret it!