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Blogger Inverview! Xander from ForeverBookish

Hey guys,

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.

About Xander
HEYA THERE!  I’m Xander. I am the blogger/reviewer who runs Forever Bookish. I kinda sorta like books. Like, A LOT. Like, so much that my floor has piles of books on it and my TBR shows no sign of ending. I’m 13 years old and don’t sleep nearly enough because books. I attend WAY too many book festivals and conventions and get even MORE books from those, but hey, it’s one of my favorite things. I geek out and freak out over Harry Potter, Rick Riordan and adorable picture books about beefeaters. I like chocolate and organizing my bookshelf, but not together because I don’t want to get chocolate on my books. I collect foreign and unique Harry Potter editions, and most of my Tweets are all CAPSLOCK even though my computer doesn’t have a capslock button. Let’s be friends!

CLOSED-Author Interview: Mandi Lynn + Giveaway!

Hey Guys!

I  hope you all have had a wonderful new year so far! So to jazz up this new year I interviewed Mandi Lynn, a teenage author and she graciously said she would provide an E-book giveaway with one of her books. But first here’s a little bit about Mandi,


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Mandi Lynn started writing her first novel at thirteen, and at the young age of seventeen,Essence, hit the press. Since publishing her debut novel, Lynn has taught writing workshops, appeared on television, newspapers, and most importantly, graduated high school. While attending college, Lynn works part time at a salon as a stylist and continues to write future novels. Lynn can be found online creating YouTube videos about books, publishing, and all things reading.




Q. What made you want to be a writer?
I used to hate reading when I was younger because every month my school required us to take a quiz on a book we read. It wasn’t until I discovered the YA genre that I fell in love with reading and wanted to create my own stories.

Q.When did you finish your first draft/ how long was it?
My first draft for Essence was finished a year after I had started writing it but it was only about 40,000 words, which is about 160 pages. Obviously the book is now 330 pages so it’s been through a lot of rewriting.

Q. Describe your book(s) in one sentence.
Essence: A young girl is taken away from her family, left to watch over her family as they mourn over her supposed death.
I am Mercy: The Black Plague has arrived in France and the only way for Luna to survive is to delve into black magic, whether she knows what it is or not.

Q. Favorite movie?
Well Hunger Games of course!

Q. Any funny/cool things happen since you became a Teen Author?
I was in the elevator at college to get to my dorm room and the girl in the elevator recognized me, not by seeing me on campus, but by the sound of my voice from one of YouTube videos.

Q. What was your time frame for writing Essence?
I have a tendency to write a lot for a month or so, but my novels down for another few months, than write them again for another few months. I hate my process because I wish I could just write it all at once, but it seems I work best in bursts.

Q. What is your all time favorite YA author?

Laurie Halse Anderson. Every time I read something by her I just wish I could write like her!

Q. What projects are you working on writing?
I have started writing a third book, though the process has been going extremely slow because of how busy I am at the time. I do hope to finish and publish it if it’s good enough!

Q. What do you think one of your secrets to success is?
Persistence. Success is a slow process; the only way to get there is to always keep trying.

Q. What are some things you have liked being a Teen Author?
The emails I get from my readers. They make my day and remind me why I write and publish.

Q. Any Writing advice?
Write like no one will ever read your words.

Website: http://mandilynn.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mandilynnvlogs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MandiLynnAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mandi_Lynn_
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14881658-mandi-lynn
Instagram: https://instagram.com/mandilynnwrites/


Well Thanks Mandi for the interview and for everything. Your an amazing author and deserved to be recognized.


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