It's 'meet the blogger' time again and my guest this week is the lovely Kim Nash who runs the popular blog Kim The Bookworm.
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Kim. Have a cup of coffee while we chat.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, Kim and, what inspired you to start a blog?
My blog was inspired by a book called A Spring Affair by the fabulous Milly Johnson. It’s about a lady who clears her house of clutter and then realises that it isn’t her house she needs to make changes to but her life. This book really resonated with me and so I dropped Milly an email and we wrote backwards and forward. I mentioned that I was thinking of setting up a blog to chat about my love of books and she fully encouraged me. For that, I am eternally grateful to this lovely lady who changed my life more than she’ll ever realise.
I love women’s fiction, chick-lit, thrillers and self-help, personal development books too!
What is your favourite book of all time?
I think because of what I said above A Spring Affair has to be one of my favourites. From my childhood, I’d say The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I know that one definitely inspired my love of getting entangled in another world.
Oh yes, I was a big fan of Enid Blyton when I was a child too. Loved the Secret Seven and Famous Five.
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
Around 10-12 a month I’d say. Sometimes slower or quicker depending on other things I have going in my life.
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
ALL THE TIME! I sometimes wake up in the night too and my first thought is to read. It’s a pain though because instead of it making me feel sleepy, it just makes me want to keep on reading. When I was a teenager, the books that made me do this were Danielle Steele novels always heartbreaking and amazing stories.
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
NEVER! HOW VERY DARE YOU! LOL! It’s funny because I co-run a book club in Cannock, Staffordshire and when the lady who co-runs it with me admitted to doing this at the very first book club there was a collective gasp around the room. We were all horrified!
Oh dear, not sure if I should admit that I sometimes skip to the end ....
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
Probably not plots so much as genres, but horror and sci fi. I just don’t get them! Plot wise, I do like everything to be tied up nicely at the end. Can’t stand a cliff-hanger! It’s because I’m so flipping impatient I think!
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
I love books that make you feel like your emotions are on a rollercoaster. Whether that’s heart-pounding because you’re in suspense, or a bit scared, or a book that makes me cry big snotty heart-wrenching tears or tears of joy! I do love a happy ever after too! And obviously, everything to be tied up with no answers left unturned. Things like that can bother me for weeks!
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
Goodness me, that’s a toughie! I do have to admit to reading on the loo (sorry folks!) but sometimes it’s the only time I get a bit of peace and quiet. That’s probably the worst place. Don’t think I’ve ever read in an unusual place though.
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
Hope it’s ok to pick someone who isn’t around any more. If so, Enid Blyton, just to get inside that magical mind. If not, I find that really hard to answer because I’m so lucky to have met the majority of my favourite authors in either my blogging or publishing lives.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I don’t have an awful lot of time for hobbies. I have a 9 year old son, work for Bookouture full time on publicity and social media, have an online skincare/makeup/healthcare business, run a book club, am on the PTFA at school, run my book blog, have a family review blog (which I’m desperately trying to spend more time on), organise book blogger events from time to time and phew, I think that’s it. It doesn’t leave me much time for anything else.
It certainly sounds like you're very busy, Kim.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
I am dabbling in writing. Women’s fiction, with humour and emotion – I’d like to think that anyway! I’ve always said I’d love to write a book since I was young, so I suppose one day I thought, well I’d be closer if I actually started it! So I did!
You can find out more about Kim here
Thank you for dropping by to talk to us, Kim.
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