Testing . . . Testing . . .Is this thing working? Test . . . Test . . .Can you hear me? OH! Yes! There you are! Greetings and welcome to my blog! Today I am happy to be chatting with Rissi from –
Thank-you so much for visiting with me today Rissi!
Rissi is on the advisory board at INSPY. “To be honest we have no set tasks for the INSPY’s. We all pitch in where needed. Last year, I was half the duo in charge of contacting authors and getting our shortlist author interviews formated and ready to publish. Our tasks range from getting our name out there by using social media (on INSPY’s twitter page, our personal social medias, etc.) to maintaining the website, contacting the publicists to moderating judges/spreading the word of our need of shortlist judges, and of course, the most important. . .reading! Our advisory board is made up of five members (shout-out: Jamie, Lydia, Stacy and Rel) and I am privileged to work with each one of them – they are a fantastic group of ladies whom I respect and consider friends.”
1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?
Answer: I’ve blogged since 2011 (going on four years!) and still love it. I began blogging to fill the loss of a contributing opportunity I’d had for several years. I loved reviewing (which is how I started developing my enjoyment of writing) and wanted to have a place to continue with that. Blogging gave that to me and so much more – it’s been a unique learning experience. I’m constantly surprised by this community and have forged many friendships because of it.
2.) What is your favorite genre?
Answer: Though I like many genres, primarily it’s contemporary fiction or young adult (because they are my “easy” reads when I need a good pick me up).
3.) Who is your favorite author? If you want to, name more than one author.
Answer: Is this a trick question?! *Smile* Seriously, there are to many authors to name and praise for their exceptional storytelling or because they have the ability to move the reader or simply because they have mastered the art of beautiful prose. Whatever their talent may be, I don’t think I could name all of the authors I consider favorites. A few favorites are . . . C.S. Lewis (because Narnia), Hillary Manton Lodge, Jody Hedlund, Melissa Tagg, Rachel Hauck, Mary Weber and many (many) more.
4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?
Answer: Meeting any of the Narnia characters would be a fantastic time – not just for conversation’s sake (what was it like? Who did you see? Who did you meet? What is Aslan like?), but also because it’d be cool to know them as people. Lucy in particular is a wonderful literary heroine – her genuine belief and wholehearted wonderment is what real faith is. It’s beautiful and inspiring.
5.) If you could live inside a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?
Answer: Going with a theme here: Narnia! Allegorically, it’s a parallel of Christ’s sacrifice and the meaning of believing, plus it’s visually awe-inspiring, and the characters seem like the kind who’d be fun to know.
6.) Has a book ever inspired you? What book? How did it inspire you?
Answer: In more recent years, the book that really “hit me” was “Barefoot Summer.” I am not exactly sure what it is about the book, but something about the story touched me and it made me think . . .something any story should do.
7.) If you could travel, anywhere in the world – no cost to you – one location, where would you go and why?
Answer: England! (Or Australia.) Why? It’s really very simple: Because I am a BBC movie addict.
Thank-you SO much for inviting me, Katherine! It was a pleasure to spend the day on your blog.