Today I welcome the extremely lovely Lorraine Rugman from The Book Review Cafe to Getting To Know...
You have the wonderful blog, The Book Review Cafe, what first inspired you to set this up?
Last year I had an accident and tore the tendons in my hand and arm and was off work for three months come the third month I was getting so bored I decided to set up my own blog The Book Review Cafe. After some research I set up a Wordpress account and spent a month creating my blog, amid lots of shouting and swearing (I'm not particularly techie minded)
From your reading and reviews, you seem to have a preference for crime fiction, what is it that draws you to this genre?
I have always been a huge fan of crime fiction I like the "unexpected" element to a crime thriller you never really know what's going to happen next, and of course, there’s the page-turning, heart-racing element of suspense, wondering if the bad guy will get away with his crimes, or will he be brought to justice?
Do you have a favourite place that you like to curl up and read?
I mostly read sat in the corner of my lounge, coffee to my side and reclining in my favourite chair
When you're not reading, what would we find you doing?
I don't have many hobbies outside of reading, as I work full time I don't get much time to myself. I do enjoy baking occasionally and make a mean cupcake! And I love spending time with my family. Most of my spare time is spent reading and writing review posts for my blog (it's a full time job in itself)
Have you always been a big reader or is it something that has come as you got older?
I've always loved reading, it's a part of who I am. As a child I spent all my pocket money on books and my love of buying books has just grown and grown, to the extent it's trying to find some where to put them all, thank god for the kindle! Otherwise I would have at least another 300 books to home!
Since becoming a book blogger, have you had the opportunity to meet any of your favourite authors?
No not yet, I've only been blogging for a year and although I've been invited to lots of events there mostly been when I'm working or there to far to travel from my home in Bristol. One day I hope to get to a bloggers event and meet some of my favourite bloggers and authors.
Do you have a favourite author?
I have a few favourite authors whose books I always buy Kimberly Chambers, Robert Bryndza, Caroline Mitchell, Angela Marsons, James Carol I could go on and on.....
Do you use a bookmark, random piece of paper or do you dog ear?
No, No! I couldn't dog ear a book no more than I can crack a spine on a book! I'm very particular about my books and like to keep them pristine, it's got to be a bookmark.
Will we ever see a novel written by you?
No not in a million years! my husband and family are always telling me I should write a book, but I don't have the imagination or the patience to write. Also one rejection letter from a publisher and that would be it, I would give up.
If you could share any advice of wisdom about becoming a book blogger, what would it be?
Follow other book bloggers and share their posts, they will generally do the same for you. The book blogging community is a very friendly one, but first and foremost; blog for yourself. do it for your own enjoyment.
Thank you so much to Lorraine for answering my questions and joining me today on my blog!
To connect with Lorraine
Blog/Website - http://thebookreviewcafe.com
Twitter - @reviewcafe
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