A warm welcome to my guest blogger Noelle Holten who blogs at https://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk/ - which won the 'Best Newcomer Blog Award 2016'. Congratulations, Noelle. :)
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Noelle. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable then we'll begin.
First, can you tell us a bit about yourself, why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading.
Hi, Karen. I am a Senior Probation Officer by day and an avid reader of #AllThingsCrime by night! I blog so I can share my love of books with others, shout out about the amazing authors I have come across and really just to connect with other like-minded people. I have always loved reading. From a young age, you would find me huddled away delving into the worlds created by others. It was and still is the greatest escape from reality! Anything to do with crime, psychological thrillers or horror are my favourite genres.
It sounds fascinating, Noelle. What is your favourite book of all time?
Crime & Punishment by Fydor Dostoevsky
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
This varies depending on my FT job, freelance work or if I fall into the dreaded reading slump! But if I had to guess, I would average about anywhere between 10-20 books per month.
Wow, that's a lot of books! 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 have chronic insomnia so staying up all night to read is a regular occurrence! LOL – the latest book this happened with was Steph Broadribb’s Deep Down Dead – OMG- What a book!
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
Never!! I am not sure why people would even do this….the best part is the anticipation of finding out how a story will end….for me, any way!
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
Really, really SLOW plot-lines….if I am not hooked within the first few pages, I struggle. I also dislike really chaotic plot-lines – when you have no idea what is happening because there is just too much going on.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
I love characters. They make or break a story for me. You could have the best storyline ever, but if I don’t connect with the characters, I am afraid I struggle to keep interest. I love books that really mess with your mind as well. I often play amateur detective as I am reading and if I cannot solve the crime before the book ends…well that is a great book for me!
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
I am probably a bit boring on that front as I cannot think of anywhere particularly unusual! If I can read, I will read…no matter where I am!
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
I have been privileged enough to have shared a coffee or a few drinks with a few authors, but one I would love to meet is Angela Marsons because she is brilliant and devious in her writing! I would love to pick her brain about DI Kim Stone!
Do you have any other hobbies?
Reading/blogging is my main hobby and takes up a vast majority of my time. I enjoy going for walks with my chocolate Labrador (Buster) –but they are generally short because of his hips (Poor Poor doggy) and I like watching a good film or TV series. I also now enjoy attending book events and festivals but other than that, I am pretty much your classic introvert!
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
I am trying to write but really need the motivation and inspiration to stick with it. I did NaNoWriMo in 2015 but scrapped most of what I had written. I am attending Crime & Publishment at The Mill in Gretna Green this year to pick up some tips and inspiration. I have an idea, random chapters (very chaotic) written but really need to sit down and put it into some meaningful context. Whether it sees the light of day or not, I would like to at least write one Crime Novel in my lifetime. I think, however, I am better placed on the reading and promo side of things….for now!
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Thanks for dropping by, Noelle. Good luck with your crime novel!
Bring a little sunshine into your life! Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with. Published by Accent Press