1. How did you get into blogging, Katy, and what keeps you going when life gets hectic?
This is probably my 3rd attempt at starting a blog. Most of the time I would lose interest a few posts in...and drop it. Even this blog has a different name than I started with in the beginning! I love writing, even more so now that I am a member of the Band of Dystopian (BOD) group on Facebook. I started my blog for me. As a mother of two rowdy toddlers, I needed something that was just for me. So, I decided to start a blog. Again. I would post when I went to a cool event or other random things with averaging about 1-2 posts per month. Once I joined BOD, I decided to start posting book reviews. It's been really fun! What keeps me going is hearing positive feedback from people on my blog and via social media. It's pretty addicting to get comments. Plus, I love helping authors get the word out about their awesome books!
2. As a reader, what is your favorite genre to curl up with and why?
Tough one. Probably a toss up between Dystopian and Sci-fi at the moment. I read pretty much any genre though! Throw a little paranormal in there and we're good.
3. What do you feel is the greatest behind the scenes benefit of being a blogger?
I haven't had much behind the scenes events yet. I want to start attending book conventions and signings, but for now life is pretty dang busy between a full time job and raising two crazy toddlers. Maybe this summer!
4. What was your greatest FanGirl(Boy) moment?
Mostly, hanging on BOD has been one long fangirl moment. Getting to chat with legit published authors on a daily basis? Heck yes. Plus, I have win some signed swag and paperbacks which is super awesome!
5. If you could crawl into ONE book and live there for a month, which would it be and why?
This is a difficult question. Most of the books I've read lately are dystopian or post-apocalyptic...and I definitely don't want to spend a month in those books. I would probably need to choose "Awoken" by Sarah Noffke. I would be able to dream travel anywhere.I wanted in the world (or time, to an extent), which sounds awesome.
6. When we first start out, one of the first things an author learns is how invaluable the alliance is with bloggers. What advice would you give new authors as they take their first few baby-steps...Into the Blogiverse?
Join book groups to meet authors and readers. And just keep writing! I'm feeling 100% more confident after writing one blog per day for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. This year was my first year participating in the challenge, but apparently it's every April. Do it.
7. Any parting thoughts for authors?
Write what you love and other people who like the same things will find you. I'm still new to the blogging game, but it's getting to be one of my.favorite pastimes. Thank you, Aria, for featuring me!
See below for Katy's thoughts on the dystopian adventure, The Treemakers by Christina Rozelle. I am a huge fan of her work, and it looks like I am not the only one. Like what you see and want to check it out for yourself? Click on the book cover and it will take you to Amazon where you can download your own copy of this awesome read!