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Book Blogger Interview: Parajunkee

Where are you from? Were you a big reader as a child?
I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. Moved away a few times, but always came back. Was I a big reader as a child? That is an understatement. I was a voracious reader. I had read through my school’s fiction section in the library by 5th grade and had moved on to the public library and adult books by 6th. I wish I was exaggerating. I was restricted to libraries, because there were not any bookstores near me. You had whatever you could pick up at the drugstore or grocery stores. Remember when grocery stores sold books in the check-out lane?
What made you decide to start a book blog?
It was an experiment in blogging. I needed to learn how to blog and I figured I should blog about something I like. Blogging + Books = Book Blogging. That is the short answer at least.
What’s your biggest challenge as a book blogger?
I’m a perfectionist, so I have a really hard time organizing everything just perfect. And I can never get it perfect. There is always a spelling error, or a picture that won’t align, or something. Drives me up the wall.
Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
I’m a huge fan of Karen Marie Moning, because her Fever series is off the charts good. Julie Kagawa is another big favorite of mine. I like authors that can write females that are tough in all the right places and soft in other places. Not to mention, the ability to craft a male hero that will make you stop and pant.
What’s your biggest book/story related pet peeve?
When the author cheats, by either making the character act “out of character” to make the plot move in a certain direction. Drives me nuts. I know some people act irrationally. But, if you have a character that is afraid of water, that suddenly vacations at the beach…drives me crazy.
If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Ouch, that hurts. I would probably go with Young Adult Paranormal. I’m hemming myself in with that one, but at least that genre is a bit varied.
Blogger Bio:
Rachel, whom you might know as Parajunkee, is the blog owner of and the design blog Rachel has been blogging for close to four years, designing / web programming for over twelve, but her real love, reading, has been her favorite hobby since childhood. Rachel has won numerous awards for her writing, the blogs she has created and her design work.
Twitter: @parajunkee