Friday, February 22, 2013

Around The World: Mandy @ The Romance Bookie

Welcome to the third week of Around The World! Every Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week I have Mandy from The Romance Bookie on the blog!

Where are you from?
Originally from Berlin, Germany, but I moved to a small town in Southern California when I was 7, and have lived here ever since! :) (I'm 21 now)

What is the best and worst thing about living in the California?
Best: California is just overall a really awesome place! The weather is very rarely anything but Sunny, where I live! :)

Worst: the weather can also sometimes be a big pain...for instance in the summer it gets EXTREMELY hot!We've had over 105 before, with humidity! Awful!

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
I will say the biggest challenge has been not having friends that like to read, when it comes to blogging. My friends support what I do, but I know they all aren't really readers. It's a bummer, but then again, that's why I started meet awesome readers like myself! :)

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
Once in a while yes. I live about an hour and a half away from Los Angeles, which is where pretty much all signings are! I got to go to two last year. Passion and Prose last February, which is where I met Meg Cabot (my all time favorite author!), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Beth Revis (Across the Universe), Andrea Cremer (Nightshade Series), Marie Lu (Legend), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked), and A TON of others! It was a really awesome day!

Then last April I went to a signing, in Santa Barbara, which is where I met Gayle Forman (If I Stay, and the new Just One Day), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door), and Nina LaCour (The Disenchantments) which was a LOT of fun too!
It's always great talking to the authors! :)

And then next month I'm meeting CASSANDRA CLARE at a signing! Which is going to awesome!!!! :) I know I'm lucky to go to these, but I do wish I could make more :).

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live? Is it hard to find Industry Professionals?
Even though I've been blogging for a bit over two years now, I am just now getting to work with the publishers. The one that is the most prominent does work with me very well! Thanks to the ability of emailing, ebooks, and snail mail I usually always get some sort of book! :)

Do you have any favorite books set in in California or written by authors who live in California?
Maybe I'm just having a complete blank out, but none of my absolute favorite authors live in California, or have books set here!

I read "Lola and the Boy Next Door" by Stephanie Perkins recently, which is set in San Francisco, which is a really amazing city by the way! Loved that one! :)
And then I believe Jay Asher (13 Reasons Why) lives in California, I see him Facebook about events here all the time! :)

Oh and Hilary Duff is from California, and I believe "Elixir" takes place here too (not 100% sure about that though). Hilary Duff was my idol growing up! haha

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Favorite Book (overall):
UGH! No!!! Tough question! Way too many! But a book that I could really relate to because of the message was Kody Keplinger's "The DUFF"! Love that book! Kody is a really inspiring person too!

Favorite Book Recent Release:
I've read two favorites that I was looking forward to..."Just One Day" by Gayle Forman and "Scarlet" by Marissa Meyer! Loved them both! "Scarlet" I had been waiting for since last February when I read "Cinder" so it was great being able to finally read it!!

Meg Cabot!!
Love her books! Read almost all of them! She's also a really great person! Super nice and fun! And a huge supporter of her fans! :)

Social Media:
I like Facebook! Just because Twitter is more of a promoting tool for me, Facebook is more fun to interact with people! However, when it comes to reading Goodreads is AWESOME! Love that place!

Reading Spot: depends! I have a lot! I love my room, which I just moved into in November. It's got great lighting. But recently I've been reading a lot in this park next to where I work, right before I have to go in for my shift.

Thanks Emily for having me! Love Falling for YA! :) 
Thanks Mandy for stopping by! ~Emily

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