For today I have an interview with Luisa Plaja an author and book blogger who blogs at Chicklish.
Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog? I'm Luisa Plaja, an author and book-lover. I founded Chicklish together with some other writers of teen fiction, including Keris Stainton, back in 2006. I run the site with help from Alexandra Fouracres and a fabulous team of reviewers. The reviewers are people of all ages, from 11 upwards, and the thing we have in common is that we all love reading and sharing our thoughts on books.
What's your favourite thing about having a book blog? Hearing from lovely authors and publicists, and getting comments and emails from readers. I think we're the longest-running teen book blog in Britain, and we still get comments on some of our earliest posts. I get the impression that people read a book, love it and look it up online to share the love. I'm so glad they find us! It's really one of the reasons I've kept going with the site - nothing beats hearing from enthusiastic readers.
When you're not blogging what are you doing? I'm mostly writing novels aimed at teenagers. :)
Do you prefer finishing a book or starting a new one? Finishing a book. I love satisfying endings.
What are your favourite books at the moment? My taste in books hasn't really changed over the years, though I've had some different phases. My favourite kinds of books are usually light-hearted and look at family relationships, friendships and romance. In general, I prefer books that make me smile and laugh to books that make me sniff and cry. In the end, though, a good book is a good book, whatever the genre!
If you could live in any book, which would it be and why? That's a lovely question! I don't think I can answer it, because my answer will change every time I finish a fabulous book where I've really connected with the characters.
What advice would you give to a brand new book blogger? You could start by reviewing your favourite books, or books you've borrowed from the library, and build from there. You probably shouldn't expect to receive review books right away. Follow other blogs and comment on them - the book-blogging community is wonderful and very supportive!
If you could recommend one blog to us which would it be? There are so many blogs I love that I can't possibly narrow it down! Though maybe I'd suggest The Bookette, who has a fabulous blog and who also links to so many other brilliant British book blogs that her site is a great springboard to hours of book-blog reading. http://www.thebookette.co.uk/
Anything else you'd like to say? Thank you for interviewing me, and happy book blogging!
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