Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Interview with Penelope from The Reading Fever
I hope you all have enjoyed Utah Book Month as much as I have. Don't forget to check out and participate in the mini-challenges, reviews and other great stuff going on this month!
Today I'm interviewing Penelope from The Reading Fever. Penelope is awesome! She organized our great Hunger Games get-together, and I love seeing her at events with her darling little boy. So, I'm glad to have a chance to make sure that all of you know her too! (She also participated in this last round of Blogger Confidential).
It's been a little over year and a half, now. My blogging habits have definitely changed; I developed a schedule for posting, which has really helped me keep my posts organized.
Is there anything you wish you would have done differently when you started Reading Fever?
Yes! It seems small, but I wish I had purchased my domain right from the beginning. With Blogger, it isn't very expensive to do so, and I could have saved myself the trouble of having to redirect my links and traffic, like I had to do for a month after I switched. Blogger did most of the work, but there was a definite change in my stats and followers that I wanted to make up for. I'm also a big fan of smooth branding, so I got new business cards and changed all my blog buttons and such, to reflect the new blog address. This all sounds finicky, but I wasted a lot of time on doing these things twice, when I could have had them that way from the beginning. If only....
What books by Utah authors are your favorites? Any that are "under the radar" that you wish more people knew about?
I just love anything by Brandon Sanderson; I adore the worlds and characters he creates. I also love Shannon Hale's and Brandon Mull's novels. Two new favorites of mine are: Ally Condie and Elana Johnson. As for "under the radar" authors: I have a weakness for books written by Annette Lyon, who is a wonderful author. I would say she's under the radar mainly because she writes LDS fiction, which isn't as popular as other genres...but her love stories are beautiful.
Any books coming up for Utah authors that you are excited about?
Yes! I'm really excited to read James Dashner's new book, INFINITY RING.