Monday, November 8, 2010
1. What do you love most about blogging?
The interactivity. Connecting with readers and other authors has proven a great learning experience as well as a wonderful way to virtually meet others. My blog’s very active, usually with a new post every day.
2. Do you have a most memorable post?
Not the post itself, but a comment made me do a happy dance. I’d posted video clips of writing tips from my literary hero, TC Boyle. One of his assistants commented, thanking me. Of course, I responded I’d be thrilled to have him as a guest. :) No one responded to that, unfortunately. But it shows that some big names are Googling themselves, and might someday find your blog – another reason to keep it professional.
3. What is the funniest thing you have ever blogged about?
Hm, I can’t recall anything humorous, though there’ve been many fun posts. I celebrate each blog birthday (my blog was 2 in June), and include interesting and entertaining news about the industry and other authors. For instance, I recently posted several book trailers by Meg Cabot that made me, and hopefully readers, laugh.
4. What do you hope your readers will take away from your blog?
Mostly I hope it entertains readers, though I aim to make it informative as well as interesting. My posts range from news about my own books, to featuring a wide range of authors, to writing tips, to videos of my favorite musicians. There’s something for everyone!
5. Where do you hope to take your blog in the future?
Bigger and better’s always my motto, in every aspect of writing. As new features become available, I’ll include them if they’re a good fit. For instance, the “Search” box has been a handy tool. I’ve also started two new series called Story Elements and Casting Call, in which I provide background information on my stories. I always love learning about other authors’ or artists’ creative processes, so hopefully readers will find it interesting too.
6. Do you ever have contests and/or giveaways on your blog?
Yes, many times, and if not on my own blog, then I’ll post a link to whatever blog is hosting me with a giveaway.
7. In your opinion, how would readers, old and new, benefit from your blog?
Readers will hopefully take away a sense of my serious commitment and approach to writing, and can keep up to date with the latest news, or learn about the works of other authors. And to have fun. When there are lots of comments, it’s like a virtual party.
8. Anything you would like to share, thoughts, events, etc?
I’m participating in Ramsey’s Reviews Halloween Bash on Sept. 28-30, and in three giveaways sponsored by Night Owl Reviews for Halloween, Autumn and Winter, and my books and I will be at a local event called Celebrate the Book in Carlisle, Pa., on Oct. 23 Being part of the Virtual Book Tour has been a great experience. I’m so grateful for all your hard work, Brandi.
Well Thank You Cate. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and I do appreciate all of your hard work. Halloween Bash sounds very exciting I can't wait.
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