kLover of the Month Spotlight Interview Questions:

What is your favorite romance novel? Why has it stayed with you for so long?

I don’t have a favorite book, but I like reading series. I like when the story continues past the “happily ever after” and you get to read about the couple’s future.

What made you fall in love with the romance genre?

The happy ending of every story.

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 like stories of lost loves coming back together or new couples thrown together to accomplish a goal/job as long as the female isn’t weak (I like strong female characters). I agree, plots with secret babies & incompetent females are out.

Do you gravitate toward any romance subgenres? Which ones? 

I seem to be drawn to more of the mystery & action packed romances. I enjoy the extra “drama” that keeps the story flowing. I’ve read a few paranormal romances and I’m beginning to like them.

If you could have lunch with any romance writer, who would it be? Why? Where would you go?

I can’t pick just one, but I’d love to talk to several  while having lunch on a patio overlooking a garden. I’d like to know more about their writing process and where they get ideas & inspiration.

Tell us a little about your blog! Why did you start it? What keeps you going?

I started blogging before it was a thing. Since I was a child I loved books & always kept lists of books I read, what I thought of them & if I’d read them again or suggest to others. As technology changed, I went from keeping my notes in a spiral notebook to a file on my computer to starting a blog.

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 tend to only blog when I’m posting a review of a book. I still feel too shy to blog about anything else. However, I’m hoping to change that and get more followers to respond to my posts.

What are your favorite kinds of blog posts to write? Reviews, Q&As, etc. Which do you find get the most attention?

I’ve found that the reviews that I wasn’t as confident in writing have gotten some of the most positive responses or the most people liking them.

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 enjoy participating in contests and blog tours.

What do you wish you had known about blogging back when you first started?

That blogging is like sharing your insights about a book with friends.

Where on the internet can people find you? Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc.

my blog: upinstitchesblog.wordpress.com

twitter: upinstitchesemb

Goodreads: up-institches

Netgalley: upinstitches