Delighted to welcome the lovely Kaisha Holloway to my Monday 'meet the blogger' spot. Kaisha blogs at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com/
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Kaisha. I've brought along a chocolate cake for us to munch while we talk. Let me cut you a slice.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, Kaisha. What inspired your love of books and why did you start a blog?
Hiya, thank you for having me! Some of you may know me as Kaisha but the majority of you may know of me as The Writing Garnet (TWG)! I'm 27 and live on my own with my little girl, Eva. I blog because I have been a huge bookworm since the moment I could read (apparently). When I was growing up I used to get tested on books that I had read weeks before, just to ensure that my speed of reading didn't mean that I wasn't paying attention to what I was reading! Blogging is important to me because I use books as my form of escape; from my personal life. I get no respite from my daily challenges and find that reading lets me escape to other destinations, other emotions; all at the drop of a hat. Because of that, I needed to do something to say 'thank you' to all the authors who write books that are a huge part of my life; that is where my blog came in. You'll find books from various genres on my blog from chic lit to psychological thrillers to crime fiction to comedy. The only books you won't see me reading are sci-fi, fantasy or anything overly gorey. Sorry, that was long, haha.
A great answer, Kaisha. What is your favourite book of all time?
Oh geez! The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton would have to be THE book.
Oh, one of my favourite childhood authors too. How many books, on average, do you read a month?
It varies. I usually am able to read about 4/5 books a week; sometimes more, sometimes less. But, if it helps, I read 23 books in January!
Wow! That's quite an achievement. Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
There has been a couple actually! Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin, A Mother's Confession by Kelly Rimmer and more recently, A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson.
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
Nuhuh, no way. I personally don't see the point in that.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
Predictable ones! I don't like the whole boy meets girl, they fall in love, break up, realise they're meant to be together and end up getting back together just like that. Whilst that may be real life for some, it's far too predictable for me. Also, I don't really like reading plots based around rape or any form of child abuse. I have read books with those in but those topics appear fleetingly, I'm talking about books having those topics as the centre of the novel.
Totally agree, I don't like those topics either.What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
I would like to see invisible illnesses (mental illnesses/physical illnesses) and chronic illnesses appear in more novels as they are STILL misjudged subjects.
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
How boring am I, I don't read anywhere unusual!
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
Oh that's a really tough question. I have many, many authors that I wish to stalk over a cup of Nescafe gold blend. Sorry, MEET, ahem, all for very, very different reasons. BUT, if I had to choose just one to meet for coffee right now it would be Lisa Jewell. I find her writing style so enticing and completely different to the vibe she gives off over social media and I would love to be able to talk to her face to face about finding that writers balance. Plus, she knows I fangirl her anyway!
Do you have any other hobbies?
Photography has been a huge passion of mine for many years, I don't do it as often as I would like to. Well, unless you count photos of the mini me as photography? Exercise will forever be a hobby of mine, even if I am unable to do it like I used to.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
On my blog I don't just write book reviews, I do actually write real life pieces and honest posts; hopefully one day I will get them published. Yes, I would love to be an author or a published writer. I have to find work from home on a freelance basis so I am hoping my blog opens doors for me in the writing/marketing/publishing world. Would be a dream come true.
Blogging is a good place to start, Kaisha. Keep on writing and I'm sure your dream will come true.
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Kaisha. :)
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