Recently I chatted with Crystal & Toni from OOSA and I am so excited to have them here in the Book Blogger Spotlight!!! Get to know Crystal & Toni and about their blog:
1. When and why did you decide to become a book reviewer/blogger? We started out as just a few friends reading and sharing thoughts about books with each other. Eventually we decided to put some structure to it (January 2005) and from there we have flourished. The rest is now. (Crystal)
2. What’s the hardest part of being a book reviewer/blogger? The decline of the industry. We’ve watched things change and not all for the good. While technology and self-publishing have certainly given a voice to many who would have otherwise gone unheard, it’s also made room and opportunities for the unsavory. There are many “authors,” “publishers,” “editors,” “designers,” “promoters,” and “reviewers” who have no respect for the craft or business. They are unprofessional, lack standards, and are simply out for self and a quick way to make money. Their behavior, practices, and attitudes have a ripple effect on the industry as a whole. We are all affected by what they do or don’t do. (Toni)
3. What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not reading? Most of us are wives, mothers, grandmothers, so we enjoy activities with our families. We have a few amateur chefs and bakers among us. (Toni)
4. What are your favorite genres to read? Because we’re a book club, there tends to be an interest in almost every genre. (Crystal)
5. How did you come up with your blog name? Believe it or not, we came up with a list of names and voted. OOSA is an acronym for Only One keyStroke Away Online Book Club. Being that we all met online, it was the one that fit the best. (Crystal)
6. What about your blog design? What inspired it? We wish we had a great story to tell of inspiration but we don’t. Because we do so many things such as features, interviews, reviews, etc., it’s best for us to do many things our self. As such, we needed a simple blog that’s easy to navigate and change. (Toni)
7. As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book? Creativity and quality. We enjoy well-written stories. Great character and plot development. Memorable dialogue. Some books are informative while others are strictly for entertainment. We look for books that show the author/publisher respect the craft and their readers. (Toni)
8. What are your biggest turn-offs about a book? Lack of editing. Poor character and plot development. Lack of creativity. Stories that don’t end. (Crystal)
9. Who are your three favorite authors? This is always a hard question to answer, mainly because we’re a book club and we have MANY favorites. We have been fortunate enough to read a multitude of authors who we enjoy reading and highly regard. It would be impossible for us, as a book club, to narrow it down to only three. (Crystal)
10. Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet? Just as we can’t narrow down our three favorites, we can’t possibly come up with one name of an author we’d like to meet. In our close to ten years as a book club we’ve been very fortunate to meet many authors as well as bring several to our annual Pajama Jam. (Toni)
11. How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it? Bottomless! There is no beginning and no end to our TBR list. We tackle them one book at a time. (Toni)
12. What are your top 3 books so far this year? One book that stands out above all so far this year is Pamela Samuels Young’s “Anybody’s Daughter.” It’s a book we recommend to all. Very important subject. The year is not over, so we look forward to adding more to this list. (Crystal)
13. How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?
• Blog Link: http://oosaonlinebookclub.
• Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/oosabookclub
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/
• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/
• Website: www.oosaonlinebookclub.com
Saturday, October 25th, we will host our annual Pajama Jam. Featured authors include: Eric Myrieckes, Rickey Teems II, Damon ‘Amin’ Meadows, William Fredrick Cooper, and Jason Poole. Join OOSA as we party like BOOK STARS for a night of dinner, dancing, games, giveaways, and fun.
Visit www.oosapajamajam.com for event and ticket information.
Thank you so much Crystal and Toni for chatting with the readers of Reading in Black & White.