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Book Blogger Interview: Booked and Loaded

Where are you from? I was born in Alaska and almost all of my family still remains in the Last Frontier, but I have lived quite a few places and now reside in North Texas.

Were you a big reader as a child?  YES!  I became obsessed with Christopher Pike and Greek Mythology around the age of 9.  I was pretty much a zombie at school most of the time because I would stay up finishing a book a night.  I moved onto Piers Anthony and Stephen King soon after that until I read Geralds Game.  That pretty much freaked me the hell out the point I have not read anything else by King since.  However, I continued my love for fantasy, paranormal, and anything else strange and unusual.   My poor father constantly tried to push classics on me, but I would have none of it.  When I started Booked & Loaded I think he said “you always did like those strange stories”

What made you decide to start a book blog?  Hmmm.  This is a hard question to answer.  I think many different things triggered the idea to start Booked & Loaded.  I started attending some author signings and was having such a great time I upgraded to conventions.  During that mix of events I started following various blogs and realized that I hardly ever read the actual reviews because they were so long and detailed.  I have a short attention span at times and wanted an opinion that was to the point and short.   That sparked the idea of Booked & Loaded.

What’s your biggest challenge as a book blogger?  TIME MANAGEMENT!  I work full time, have 2 younger children that play sports, run a small farm business, tend a garden, and have many animals.  Trying to manage the time to read, blog about reading, and manage giveaways is a tremendous challenge.  If it were not for spreadsheets I would likely go insane.  However, the pay off I get from supporting authors and getting to talk about books with other like-minded people is worth every minute!

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?  Yikes!  This is karma biting me in my ass for all those hard questions to authors, right?!?!

Kendall Grey – her passion and style holds nothing back.  This translates into beautiful characters that I connect with on multiple levels.   Her characters just seemed to touch my soul and I enjoyed reading every page.

Illona Andrews – The depth of her characters, creative writing style, and world building is just fantastic.  Her Kate Daniels series opened my eyes to the world of Urban Fantasy.  Plus, she always manages to catch me off guard and give me the giggles.

Jaye Wells –  Her scarred and conflicted characters hooked me with snark and originality, but the growth of the characters made them unforgettable.

Katie MacAlister – Two words – HOT.  DRAGONS.

Also – anyone writing about sexy werewolves or men in kilts.  *wink*

What’s your biggest book/story related pet peeve?  Breaking world rules or changing them willy-nilly to fit the story.   Drives me crazy.

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?  Paranormal Romance.  The different elements that can encompass the genre amaze me and I couldn’t live without some heat!  

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Thank you so very much for having me here today Selena!