Friday, June 21, 2013

Around The World: Stormy @ Book Blog Bake

Welcome to Around The World! On 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 Stormy from Book, Blog, Bake on the Blog!

Interview Questions:
Where are you from?
I’m from the US, and the grand state(especially if you take “grand” to mean LARGE) state of Texas. Specifically, I’m from a small town in south Texas in which the most exciting thing is when cows find holes in fences and venture on to the road.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
Worst thing about Texas? The weather, by far. It’s unpredictable, and always way too hot in the summer. I remember one time seeing the outside thermometer at my parent’s house getting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and thinking it was broken. It wasn’t! That was also the summer when the air conditioning in one of our cars broke. Not so fun!

But, by FAR my favorite (and therefore, what I consider the best thing) about Texas is the variety. The small town I grew up in is kind of boring, but we have San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston. If you like the country scene you’d fit right in, and even if you don’t, the larger cities offer a break from that. The river walk in San Antonio is one of my favorite places—it’s colorful and fun and has tons of great restaurants.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
Texas has a lot of opportunities for book bloggers, but they’re all in the large cities. I don’t live TOO far from any of them, but far enough where it’s difficult to get there sometimes. And while I’ve met some other Texas book bloggers, Texas is so big that depending on where they’re from in Texas, they might as well be living in a different state distance-wise.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I haven’t PERSONALLY been able to, but there are quite a few signings in Austin and Houston, and I live close enough to both where I could reasonably make book signing. My conflicts are more with my personal schedule than with the geographic location. There’s some pretty cool bookshops in both cities that host signings fairly frequently!

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
I haven’t worked with a ton of publishers and industry people, but with the few I have location’s never really been a problem.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?
Tons of books set in the US of course, but as far as just Texas—the thing is, I haven’t read many books SET in Texas, though I know quite a few authors live here/were raised here. I can’t think of a single book that *I’ve* read that is set in Texas.

A Few Of My Favorite Things Section:

Favorite Book (overall): Harry Potter

Favorite Book Recent Release: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Author: Ah, such a hard question! Maybe Madeleine L’Engle? Her books helped define a large part of my childhood. 

Social Media: Pinterest—because then I feel like I’m at least being semi-productive with my social media time! 

International Food: It doesn’t feel that international when you live in Texas, but I LOVE all Mexican food(like a Texan should).

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