Welcome to Sugarbeat’s Books – The Home of the Romance Novel
I’m trying something new today! While my blog was down in late December and early January, I had a chance to think about what I wanted for the direction for my blog when I got everything back up and running again. The thing that I missed was the social aspect of having a blog. When my blog first stared, I spent every Friday wandering from book blogger to book blogger saying hi to old friends and meeting new ones. I’ve gotten a bit too busy with work to be able to devote a whole Friday to being social. I thought I’d try something along the same lines. I’d introduce all of you to some of the interesting people I’ve met over my time being a book blogger!
Today we are going to start with my friend Theresa from Fade into Fantasy.
This is what you see when you bring up Theresa’s blog! She is the designer of this blog and as you can see – she’s way more creative than I am 🙂 I gave Theresa a set of questions a couple of weeks ago to answer, so let’s learn more about her and then I’ll send you all over to visit her blog and say hi 🙂
Barb -Tell us a bit about yourself.
Theresa – Just for the record, I hate these questions. LOL I see myself as a boring, part-time bookstore employee who is addicted to words and books, but from what I’m told, I’m more complex than that. Basically, I’m just a creative soul with a passion for all things paranormal who didn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life until discovering book blogging at the age of 34.
Barb – How long have you been blogging?
Theresa – My first blog post was probably a couple of years ago, but I didn’t really start blogging until my first book blog post on October 13, 2010 (yes, I remember the date LOL).
Barb – What made you decide to start book blogging?
Theresa – Living with hubby and 5 boys who don’t like to read makes it very hard to talk about books. I really just wanted to be able to document my thoughts on what I was reading and what I was excited about, while throwing out the occasional “me” post. I had no clue what book blogging really was and I’m so thankful that the community was (is) so fabulous and helpful!
Barb – How did you come up with your blog name?
Theresa – My blog started out as The Creative Well, where I posted about all of the creative endeavors I was trying. When I decided to start book blogging and committed myself to blogging regularly, I realized that I needed a name that was more relevant to my preferred genres. To me, fantasy = everything other than reality, so when you Fade Into Fantasy, you’re escaping reality. Makes sense in my head, anyway. lol
Barb – Describe your blog.
Theresa – The tagline for my blog is: Book Blogger, Copyeditor, and all around creative soul addicted to all things paranormal. Over the last 6-8 years, I’ve taught myself how to create hemp jewelry, crochet, sew, paint, art journal, and dabbled with photography. Now that I’ve narrowed my focus to everything book related, I’ve learned copyediting, blog design, and have started to play with cover designs. My blog is a book blog that focuses on all paranormal genres, but I wanted people to know that creativity is a big part of my life and there may be posts about my latest experiments. Hopefully, the tagline portrays that.
Barb – What is your favorite genre to read and why?
Theresa – Paranormal romance always has been and always will be my favorite genre. I’m drawn to bad boys and if they’re sexy and dangerous, then even better!
Barb – What is your most favorite book(s) and author(s)?
Theresa – Really? This must be payback for all of the times that I’ve asked other people this question. LOL I absolutely love the Black Daggar Brotherhood series by JR Ward, the Changeling series by Dani Harper, Danann Frost Falls From Grace by Joann Valiukas, but those are just the tip of the iceberg. I also read Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane this fall and I still catch myself thinking about that one. I wasn’t my normal genre, but has stuck with me.
Barb – What entices you to read a book – the cover or the blurb?
Theresa – Honestly, I’m a cover whore. I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but we all know how important a good cover is, right? Of course, I still won’t read the book if the blurb doesn’t sound interesting enough.
Barb – Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
Theresa – I’ve started a couple of books, but never tend to make it past a few thousand words. Organization and outlining have never been my forte, but I’m convinced that if I ever want to finish something, I’m going to have to outline first.
Barb – Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Theresa – Many! Lauren Oliver — because she took the time out of her day (even when sick with a cold) to write a post for my little blog, Tina Folsom — because her writing is beautiful and sexy at the same time and I would love to get some pointers from her, and if I’m allowed to meet someone who is dead, it would be Edgar Allen Poe — because I would love to be able to look into the eyes of that man and see what he was really like.
Barb – Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Why?
Theresa – There is something special about hardcovers, but since I do most of my reading in bed, I prefer paperbacks. I own a nook, but nothing compares to holding a good book and turning pages. 🙂
Barb – What book are you currently reading?
Theresa – Right now, I’m actually reading two books. Green by Jay Lake, and The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin. I’m enjoying the both, but Green is one of those books that a person needs a break from.
Barb – What genre of book do you know that you will never read?
Theresa – I will never read a western, do not like sci-fi, and can’t bring myself to read a zombie book. I tend to stick pretty close to my preferred genres, but am not opposed to trying something new IF it peaks my interest.
Barb – Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Theresa – I am really liking Andy Gavin’s book, The Darkening Dream. It’s a paranormal/historical/YA that takes place in 1913 Salem, Massachusetts. There are ugly vampires, religious relics, warlocks, demons, and young adults who not only have to deal with the creeps, but also have to deal with arranged marriages, and teen pressure. All while the world is just discovering the first Ford Model T. Mr. Gavin has done a remarkable job writing an original story!
Barb – Roughly how many review requests do you get each month?
Theresa – Since I’ve been a bit slack with my blogging schedule lately, they have cut down. When I was posting every day, I would get at least one request per day. Lately, it’s about three per week.
Barb – How often do you blog?
Theresa – At this time, only a couple of days per week. I’ll be back to 4-5 days per week by the beginning of February, though.
Barb – How many books do you read in a month – roughly?
Theresa – That’s a tricky question since I’m also a copyeditor. LOL I read at least 2 per month for editing, and try to read 2 for pleasure.
Barb – How many of these books do you buy?
Theresa – Well, working at a bookstore has it’s advantages, you know. lol I admit that I don’t buy a ton of books because I can’t afford to, but I do buy the books that I am anxious to read (and didn’t get an ARC of), and I also buy a copy of a book that I love after reading the ARC. Of course, I buy books from series that have been raved about by other bloggers, too. Right now, I have the entire Mortal Instruments series, the Mercy Falls series, (and a few others) waiting patiently on my bookshelf for me to start reading them.
Barb – Where can we STALK you?
My blog: http://fadeintofantasy.com
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FadeIntoFantasy
My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4109659-theresa
I’d like to thank Theresa for being such a good sport and humoring me in my quest to introduce you all to my favorite bloggers!
Now, let’s go over to Theresa’s blog and say hi 🙂
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Barb! Hopefully I was interesting enough for your readers, but please don’t tell me if your views suck today. LOL For those readers who do jump over to my blog today, there’s a giveaway waiting for you! 🙂
Not to worry about my views 🙂 I’m always happy to refer readers to another book blogger. We have to spread the love 🙂 We all share our thoughts about what we love – books – what could be better than that!?