Claire Forrest Steps Into the Book Blogger Spotlight!!

Get to know Claire and about her blog:

1.       When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?

I’ve written fiction for as long as I can remember, and one of the best parts of growing up in the digital age was that all of my favorite authors, especially young adult authors, had blogs. Authors like Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot showed me through their own blogs that writing was a real job, and that writers were just real people with awesome jobs. Since finishing school, I’ve had more time to devote to my writing, and I knew that a blog was something I wanted to launch as a way to write about the things I’m interested in as well as give a small glimpse into my personality.

2.       What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?

Coming up with monthly content for my blog is both fun and challenging. I decided early on that my blog wasn’t going to be a traditional book review blog, but a blog that discusses literature and writing through the lens of life and popular culture. When figuring out what to blog about before the start of each month, I try to look for articles discussing trends in literature or publishing, either positive or negative, and tie that into a discussion of books and my life. It can definitely be tough at times to find ways to be original, but I’m having a lot of fun with it.

3.       What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not blogging?

I try to write creatively every day. I’m often balancing a current fiction writing project and gathering ideas for new stories at any given moment. My blog details the ups and downs that come with that. I also read a lot, although I assume that is a given.

4.       What are your favorite types of posts to do and/or read?

My blog is primarily about books and writing, though not exclusively. My favorite post I’ve written so far was about life lessons I’ve learned since graduating college. That was very fun because I got to be witty and honest about the twenty-something experience, and I received a lot of feedback from my friends about how relatable it was. My favorite posts to read are the ones that demonstrate the blogger’s love for books, but also provide a glimpse into who they are as a person.

5.       What are your favorite genres to read?

I love young adult fiction, contemporary fiction, some classics, and recently I’ve been getting into more memoirs and short story collections. The only genre I really don’t care for is science fiction, with the exception of YA dystopian lit!

6.       How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is not very creative-just my name!

7.       What about your blog design? What inspired it?

My brother designed my blog, actually. I just liked the idea of looking at a bookshelf, which is why the header is the way it is.

8.       As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book?

I don’t care what the genre or “intended audience” is, I just want a good story. As a writer, the authors I most admire and the stories I idolize are those that can take a topic that’s been written about before and present it in a new and fresh way. I love books that put their own unique spin on things and say something in a way that I haven’t heard it said before. I love that. I also love when you can picture a character so clearly, or when it feels like someone you know or want to know. Those realistic details and dialogue make such a difference.

9.       What are your biggest turn-offs about a book?

The biggest disappointment for me as a reader is when I can see what the author was trying to do. It’s such a letdown when I can anticipate plot moves or see through their huge, over-arching metaphor. Or when YA novels are patronizing to teenagers. I can’t stand that.

10.   Who are your three favorite authors?

John Green, Neil Gaiman, and Harper Lee, among many.

11.   Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet?

So many, but for this I will say Harper Lee. I am fascinated by the fact that “To Kill a Mockingbird” was her only book! Apparently, her friends gifted her a year off from work to write it. What a way to get it right the first time. I’d love to know about the process of writing and publishing such a revered and controversial book, and why she hasn’t felt compelled to do it again.

12.   How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it?

I currently have over 100 books on my to-read list on Goodreads. I generally read whatever appeals to me, but try to pay special attention to books my favorite authors or publishers recommend via social media.

13.   What are your top 3 books from 2013?

Zadie Smith’s “White Teeth” because it was very intense thematically, and both of Rainbow Rowell’s YA books, “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl.” Both were an absolute delight.

14.   How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?

Blog Link: www.claireforrest.com

Google+: google.com/+claireforrest

Twitter: @claire4est

Goodreads: goodreads.com/claireforrest

Thank you so much Claire for chatting with the readers of Tiffany Talks Books. Now, everyone go right over to Claire’s blog and show your support. Make sure to tell her that Tiffany sent you!

 

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