So I reached out to Xander @ Foreverbookish.com and asked if he would like to be interviewed. For those who don’t know he is a 14 year old book blogger, just like me! He immediantly responded saying he would love to, So I did. Below are the questions and answers, Enjoy!
Q. What made you want to be a blogger?
A. Funnily enough, I was extremely intrigued about ARCs. The first time I saw one my brain kind of short-circuited because how can someone have a book before it’s published?!? How does that work? I thought ARCs were so cool. I also love sharing my thoughts about books with others and talking about books with books nerds like me and that is what really keeps me going.
Q. Describe your Favorite book in one sentence.
A. Alright, since it’s such a boring answer I’ll give you the Harry Potter answer and then one for my other favorite book.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: Boy living in a cupboard finds out he’s a wizard and he fights Voldemort’s dark forces.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Beautifully written book set in the South that everyone needs to read at least once.
Q. Favorite movie?
A. My favorite movie changes every now and then but right now it’s got to be Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I saw it shortly after I read the book and it was. So. Freaking. Good. It captures the essence of the book so well and the beautiful cinematography blended with author Jesse Andrews’s writing makes for an emotional and stunning adaptation.
Q. How long have you been blogging?
This March will be 4 years! Time has just flown by.
Q. Have any cool memories or things that have happened to you since you became a reviewer?
So many amazing things have happened. There are some surreal moments that I’ve had to pinch myself about, and I still can’t believe. Two years ago, I raised the money to attend BookExpo America which was incredible. I got to talk to one of my heroes, Rick Riordan, and while I usually try to be chill in front of authors, I kind of exploded while I was talking to him. The other day I found out he visited my blog which never in my wildest dreams I imagined. I’ve had the chance to interview and meet a lot of my favorite authors, and I never thought I would meet/get to know as many bloggers and be in such an amazing community of people.
Q. What is your all time favorite YA author?
At this moment Jason Reynolds and John Corey Whaley are my faves.
Q. What projects are you working on? Writing anything?
Ooh, I’ve got some exciting stuff on the way. I have a backlog of interviews that haven’t been posted yet, that will be posted on my blog weekly. Gayle Forman, Garth Nix, Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir…there are loads of them! In terms of writing, I am planning on doing NaNoWriMo This year so we’ll see what comes out of that!
Q. What do you think one of your secrets of success for blogging/reviewing?
Be yourself on your blog. Be the fanboy/girl you are and don’t be embarrassed that you have a book blog. Be creative; creativity can put you ahead and set you apart from others. Read and review what you want to read and review. This is especially important because if you aren’t reading what you want to, you’re not going to be happy blogging. And if blogging doesn’t make you happy, what’s the point? Attend as many author events and panels as possible. They have great advice on writing and deadlines and meeting authors is one of my favorite things. Don’t be shy, introduce yourself to authors and bloggers and publishers. There’s a big community out there that, I swear, has some of the world’s nicest people in it. And if you’re thinking about starting a blog but you’re not sure, DO IT. A big thing I’ve learned is that you need to try things and ask questions and if you decided you don’t like it, you will know that blogging isn’t for you. Go for it! It won’t hurt to try.