Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Interview Swap - Stone SouP

This week I am participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  Today's post is the blogger interview swap.  My partner is Katrina from Stone SouP, a much more adult book blog than mine.  Thanks Katrina for being my partner!

 Here is my interview with her.  Check out my half on her blog.

Tell me about your blog.
Stone SouP is as varied as my thoughts are, hence the name and slogan ("Throw everything into a pot ... and simmer"). I do try to limit myself to topics that I might write about in my fiction, topics women tend to be interested in. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's thought-provoking, sometimes it's sweet. I talk about interesting things I've done or learned, or the weird places my mind has gone, or I tell a funny story (usually on myself -- I have a knack for saying and doing stoopid things). And always, always we talk about books: what I'm reading, what my readers are reading, what we want to be reading.

What kinds of books do you review?
My reading list is eclectic, so you might find anything, but I only review books I can recommend. If I hated a book, you won't see it mentioned (though it might show up on my giveaway shelf). I review a lot of literary and women's fiction, though rarely romance per se. I like writers like Michelle Richmond and Joshilyn JacksonJodi Picoult and Sarah Strohmeyer. But I've also reviewed horror, young adult, paranormal, suspense, science fiction ... you name it! I think the only genre I haven't tried yet is graphic novels, and I have one on my TBR shelf.

I see that you are an author.  What kinds of books do you write?
Technically, I'm a writer, not an author, because I haven't published yet. I write ... well, it's a little hard to explain. I write upmarket women's fiction, which is a fancy way of saying mainstream literature geared toward women that blurs the line between commercial and literary fiction. My current WIP (work in progress) has a strong dark humor thread. It's called East of Jesus, and it's a fast-paced, quirky look at psychological abuse for a female reader who might daydream about wielding a chainsaw on that jerk down the hall.

What is your favorite book so far this year?
Gosh, that's a tough one! I've read so many great books this year. But I think my personal favorite was The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
What book are you looking forward to that is coming out soon?
Again, that's a harder question than it sounds, but I suppose the one that's most killing me to wait for is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler's Wife. I've emailed my bookseller twice to say, "Is it out yet?" I think Sept. 29 is never going to get here!
If you could be one literary character, who would it be?
Lorna Doone, who not only got the guy but found out she was an heiress as well.
Who is your favorite Winnie-the-Pooh character?
Piglet. He's so small and fearful, and not very smart, but because he's got a huge heart and a bucketload of optimism, nothing keeps him down.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Thanks for reading -- not just the entry or the blog, but for reading books. The industry would crumble if it weren't for individual readers who open the covers of a book, hoping to find a new world.


  1. Great questions, Andrea. I like the Winnie one. :D Off to check out her interview of you!

  2. Great interview! I like your description of your blog, Stone Soup, says it all!
    Have a great week!

  3. Thanks for the swap, Andrea! That was fun. I had a tough time not commenting on several of your answers though.

  4. Interesting that she doesn't review books she doesn't like. Great review. Off to visit her now...

  5. I read your half of the interview first and had to come over here and officially meet you. Love your blog design and your name! I refer to my son as Bookworm1 on my site. (Bookworm2 to be arriving soon, via adoption.)

    Anyway, your blog looks fun and I'm happy to "meet" you.

  6. Carrie - Nice to meet you too! And congrats on the arrival of your 2nd bookworm. I have one of my own.

  7. Awww...piglet! I favor Rabbit, myself. And I realize that's not a good sign... :-)

  8. For the record, I prefer Tigger. He's bouncy, flouncy, and fun, fun, fun!

  9. I’m a Piglet fan too - he's definitely my favorite. :)

  10. Both interviews were very interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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