Hey, everyone! Booktastik is so excited to bring you the third interview in our Book Blogger Interview Series. Today a super-busy Australian blogger is joining us, and she has the most gorgeous website called Glass Paper Ink Bookblog. As well as reviewing books, Kristine runs the website and Facebook page, participates in book tours, posts reviews, and beta reads for some pretty successful authors. On top of all that, she has a full-time day job. Phew, Kristine, you sound like you haven’t left yourself much time to sleep. And luckily for our readers, you’ve agreed to this interview, so thanks so much!
I love the look of your site. Did you design it yourself?
No, I unfortunately can’t take credit for that. Ben Ellis from BE Designs is the creative genius behind my site. We discussed colours and fonts and ideas and *poof* there it was. If you’re looking to overhaul a website, Ben is your man!
I understand you’ve always loved to read (which makes total sense). Can you tell us when and how that love turned into running a website and sharing your reading experiences with others?
I started GPI on Facebook just over a year ago. I loved reading, and I found that I just wanted to share my thoughts and reviews with others. GPI was born, and I’ve loved every second of it. Getting a website seemed like a natural progression, the next step. I can have all my reviews together in one place, easy to find for other readers.
How long does it take you to read an average-size novel?
I actually read pretty quickly, I learnt speed reading when I was a teenagerm, but I never thought anything of it until I started beta reading for authors and they were always shocked by how quickly my feedback would come back. Last time I tested myself, I clocked 833 words per minute. So an 80,000 word book takes me about 1.5 hours give or take.
Holy moly, that’s crazy fast. I’m sad that I can’t read that fast. Imagine all the awesome books you could get through *sigh*. Totally jealous right now.
When do you take time to read? Is it on the way to work, at lunch, or before bed?
Ummmm, all the time… ha ha…. I have a Kindle Fire, which has a text-to-speech function, so I have that playing while I drive to and from work. I read on my lunch break, and then, depending on whether my husband and I have plans or are spending time together, I read at night. I don’t sleep much so I tend to sneak in some reading time after he’s gone to sleep.
Ha! I knew you didn’t have time to sleep ;).
What are your favourite kinds of stories?
Genre wise, NA, YA, romance, comedy, chick lit, erotica, contempory romance, true crime, autobiographies. In terms of storylines, I love the normal everyday couples. I love friends to lovers, and the frenemy stories where they fight and bicker and end up madly in love. More than likely because my husband and I didn’t particularly like each other very much at first, but eventually we realised there was something there.
What’s been a couple of the best things about becoming a book blogger and integral part of the reading and author community?
An author asked me to beta read for her a little over a year ago, before GPI was created, and to be honest, I had no idea what that even meant, but slowly I started being asked by others, and I now beta for over 20 authors at any given time. I’ve built relationships with these ladies, and it means the world to me that they want my opinions.
In April of 2014, the ladies from SAE organising committee asked me to join them. I was shocked, to put it mildly, but one of my biggest accomplishments was being part of that team. Seeing a signing you helped to plan come to fruition, with glowing reviews, is nothing short of amazing.
I heard about how successful that event was. So many happy readers and authors. Congratulations!
What exciting things do you and Glass Paper Ink Bookblog have planned for the coming months?
More giveaways, more book reviews, but as well as that, new segments to try out: author interviews, featured authors, and in February, I’m hosting my first multi-author online takeover event. Two huge days and over forty authors and bloggers. I’m excited and terrified all at the same time … ha ha.
If you had any advice for aspiring book bloggers, what would it be?
Do it!! Don’t be scared — if you love reading and reviewing books, why not? I started GPI after a few hard shoves by already established authors and bloggers. I never dreamed I’d have any followers outside of my husband, mum and a few friends, and there’s over 2000 people who like my blog enough to follow it. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of time focused on reading and reviewing, scheduling demands and being organised, but GPI is something I’m so proud of, and having another reader tell me that my reviews make them want to pick up a book, or that because of my review they have found a book they never would of heard of … priceless.
Can you tell us a bit about your beta reading service?
As mentioned earlier, I currently beta read for quite a few authors. I give feedback in the standard email format, or through tracking changes in a word doc, but I also have one on one chats online with the author to discuss my thoughts. This gives us an opportunity to discuss the story more fully. It’s a little unconventional, but I find that feedback on paper is black and white, and reading can be such a visceral experience that it sometimes doesn’t translate.
We would love it if you could give our readers two recommendations of awesome books that you’ve loved.
Kick by Carmen Jenner — I’m not a dark fan generally, and I don’t read MC books as a rule, luckily though as I beta read for Carmen, I was kind of forced to. This book … the juxtaposition of light and dark, the raw, unapologetic grittiness of this story. It’s not for the faint hearted, but I loved every twisted second of it.
Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean — I read it cover to cover TWICE in 1 day! TWICE! I just couldn’t part with these characters yet; I wasn’t ready. Heartfelt, raw, emotive, a pure unadulterated roller coaster for the mind and spirit.
And I’m a bit of a rule breaker, so I’m also going to say Wynn In Doubt by Emily Hemmer is my fave book of 2014, and I truly believe it deserves to be read and experienced. This book was a game changer for me.
I’m sure our readers are happy you’re a bit of a rule breaker. Three awesome book recommendations are always better than two ;).
Readers, if you want more book recommendations from Kristine, you can visit Glass Paper Ink Bookblog or the Facebook page. Thanks again to Kristine for some awesome suggestions and for taking time out of her frantic day to join us.Read previous articleRead next article