ArmchairBEA Interview

1. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I read a lot.  I have a problem with reading one book at a time.  I find I can’t keep one book close enough to my person to not have to go searching when I have 5 minutes to read a few pages. So I scatter books throughout the house and cars and always have something in arms reach.

I am currently reading: Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three by Kevin Hearne, Pandemonium (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver, The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter and finally for non-fiction I am currently reading St. Brigid: Patroness of Ireland by Joseph A. Knowles and an article titled “Rainbow for a Reign: the Colours of a Queen’s Wardrobe” by Jane A. Lawson.


2. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

The reason I chose a medieval motif for my blog redesign was that I have for the past 3 years been involved in The Society for Creative Anachronism.  My daughter wanted to join and I joined with her.  I am having so much fun and I have met some wonderful people, some of whom have become good friends.  I am learning about Tudor and Elizabethan garb making, archery and  arrow-making as well as other other Arts and Sciences.


3. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

A good friend of mine and I play the Dinner Party Game. Who would you invited to your dinner party.  You have room for 5 people.  I recently, after reading Lev Grossman’s AMA on Reddit, decided I needed an authors’ only dinner.  Included at this dinner would be:

Lev Grossman

Neil Gaiman

Jim C. Hines

Catherynne Valente

David Sedaris


4. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

OK, I admit it.  I am a fantasy whore. I would go just about anyplace, any setting with magic and wonder.  But I also have a very soft spot for learning if I had to pick one place it would be a toss up between Hogwarts and Brakebills.

5. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

I have since I started making lists and blogging moved more and more into Young Adult paranormal books. Part of the reason for this is because it is a genre I can share with my 12 year old.  There will be plenty of time for us to not share hobbies and interests but as long as she wants to recommend books to me I will read them.

26 thoughts on “ArmchairBEA Interview

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    1. It is something I always wanted to learn but only now have found people to teach me.

  2. I love all things Tudor also!

    And, like you, I read anything the kids recommend. My son had me read The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind…NOT my usual cup of tea. But, you know what – I ended up loving it – LOL! You never know.

    Really nice meeting you and your blog motif is WONDERFUL!!

    1. I haven’t read those but I will put them on my list.

      Thanks for the compliment on the motif.

  3. Your reaction to Neil G. responding to you was very accurate to my reaction lol. I think I actually clapped my hands and squealed (something I never do lol). How are you liking Pandemonium? I loved it. I also keep books all over the place. I usually have one hardcover/paperback and one on my phone at all times so no matter where I am I can read. Thanks for stopping by today. It was nice meeting you!

    1. If only wishes came true I would have the best dinner ever. 🙂

      The Iron Druid is appealing to me as a quick easy read because I like the snark in them.

  4. An authors only dinner party, huh. I’d love that but I want the characters there too. Not sure how that would happen, but I guess if the authors are there then the characters are too.

    Thanks for participating!

    Here’s my intro


    1. See there would have to be many dinner parties. I assumed living. I can’t even imagine my list if I could include the dead.

    1. I really like the Iron Druid. Hearne is snarky and there is little romance which is unusual in Paranormal these days. Not that I don’t enjoy a good romance but a break is nice ever once in a while.

  5. Is there room for one more at your dinner party? That is an awesome group of authors! I debated about a Hogwarts-y kind of answer but decided on the one that I *will* get to someday! I will! It’s on the bucket list. Prince Edward Island, here I come!

    1. Nope no room at the table. I want them all to myself. 😉 Actually that is only my living author dinner. I would have a whole other list if I believed in raising the dead for a dinner date.

      PEI is on almost everyone’s list I looked at today.

  6. Oh, I LOVED Pandemonium! The ending of that book made my heart stop, I’m pretty sure. Lauren Oliver sure knows how to leave ya hanging!

    I definitely can’t read more than one book at a time. I would get easily confused, I’m afraid. That’s a talent you have!

    It’s great that you and your daughter can bond over books. That’s awesome!

    So nice to meet you!

    1. I hated the ending even though I knew it was coming. And now we have to wait. 🙁

      Nice to meet you too.

  7. Oh, I’m so glad you visited my blog! Based on the authors you’d want over to dinner and your love of fantasy, I think we probably have a lot in common 🙂 I would LOVE to meet Neil Gaiman, but I think I would be overawed by his awesomeness.

    1. I would be too. He respond to a tweet I made once and I squeed for days. I so go all fan-girl and be completely overwhelmed.

  8. Ooh, can I come to that dinner party too?
    And The Society for Creative Anachronism sounds like so much fun. I’d love to participate in something like that.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. It is a dreamy list is it not?

      And the SCA is everywhere you can find a local group from their homepage.

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