kLover of the Month Spotlight Interview Questions:
Gaele at I am, Indeed
- What is your favorite romance novel? Why has it stayed with you for so long?
I hate this question – because the answer always changes depending on my mood. BUT, to pick one book, it would be Outlander from Diana Gabaldon. I think by now I’ve read it at least 20 times, listened to the audiobook multiple times, and watched the adaption for television. Each time, something new comes to light for me, and I find a new favorite moment every re-read or listen.
- What made you fall in love with the romance genre?
The variety and the infinite potential: romance can teach you about people, your own relationships, entertain, expose you to new ideas, the possibilities are endless.
- Here in the Kensington office, we were talking about our favorite and least favorite romance tropes. For example: Michelle loves the “pretending to be a couple and then falling in love” storylines; Jane can’t stand plots about secret babies. What romance tropes do you love to read? Which tropes get on your nerves?
I’m with Jane on the secret baby thing: it’s just so unfair on all fronts to all parties. My favorite now is a toss-up between friends to lovers and fake relationships that become more.
- Do you gravitate toward any romance subgenres? Which ones?
I’m obsessed with historic romance, and have been for a couple of years now. I’ll also grab up paranormal romances if I am amused by the blurb, and I love the gritty and dark, somewhat depraved Motorcycle Club romances. Of course I like many different types of LBGTQ romances out there too.
- If you could have lunch with any romance writer, who would it be? Why? Where would you go?
Another one that is so difficult to answer. I actually have two: the first would be Sabrina York – just to wander around Seattle to munch, walk and talk. The other would be Diana Gabaldon – and I’d like to go on a researching adventure with her: see the sorts of titles and items she uses to inform stories. That would be the sort of time best spent at the Smithsonian museums or perhaps the library at Trinity College or Oxford.
- Tell us a little about your blog! Why did you start it? What keeps you going?
When I realized that I could actually write a review, and share book information, and people would read and listen, I was hooked. Like everyone, I think I have days when I wonder just why I’m doing it, but I do love to read and share information, so the blog is one of the best options for me.
- What is your blogging routine? Do you have a schedule or a writing process you can take us through or do you just write about what’s on your heart?
I am a touch ocd, so I do work with a calendar and try to schedule in all reviews close to their release dates, or during a tour. I try to have at least the bones of the post (book info, genre, cover, blurb, buy links, etc. set a month or more before the date. Then I use another ‘reading calendar’ to track and organize when each title needs to be read by – which is usually 2 to 3 weeks before the date it will post. Then I whip up the review, polish the post, set the share info, and post the review to NetGalley or Edelweiss, or if a direct review, the link to the author. And I write reviews 3 or 4 times a week, just to keep on track.
- What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write? Reviews, Q&As, etc. Which do you find get the most attention?
I prefer to post reviews and hope to have excerpts, mostly because I want people to have an opportunity to read / sample the author’s style. I’m horrible at coming up with interview questions so I don’t do those, and while I have hosted guest posts, I like them to be more ‘specific to the book’ or the writing process.
- Do you have any ways you like to connect with the blogging community? Any events you like to participate in? Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
I’m heading in this year to work on the Armchair Book Expo – that coincides with the live event that was the BEA in past years. I do participate in a few yearly challenges, and I also work as a book ‘expert’ at Riffle, where we answer questions and offer recommendations for readers looking for new reading material.
- What do you wish you had known about blogging back when you first started?
How quickly things would change: from the need to establish a social presence to adjusting just HOW you share and present work. And a little bit of coding experience wouldn’t have gone amiss when I started either. The other very important tidbit is reputation: you want to make sure that if you commit, you follow through – always. Whether it’s to share something, post a review, host a tour stop – it doesn’t matter. You commit, you do. And, because it is easy to pre-schedule everything – the “I didn’t have time’ excuse is a poor one.
- Where on the internet can people find you? Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc.
Blog: I am, Indeed http://iam-indeed.com
Tumblr: Gaele @ I am, Indeed https://www.tumblr.com/blog/gaeleatiamindeed
Facebook (pers) https://www.facebook.com/gaeleh
Facebook (blog) http://www.facebook.com/I.am.Indeed.Book.Reviews
Facebook (audio) https://www.facebook.com/TheHeardWord/