the amazing Fernanda over at Mystery Date With a Book!!! I have had the pleasure of meeting Fernanda a few times and she is so lovely! I had actually anticipated ‘bumping into her’ a while back and asking her to do a collab but unfortunately, my real life stalking skills didn’t meld well with my life! I was gonna do the whole ‘Oh, fancy meeting you here…’ ya know how it goes 😀
ANYWAYS….. fast forward a bit and she posts about wanting to get together and work with other bloggers, BAHAHAHA the fates are aligned! We decided to do an interview style post on each other’s blogs. I had such fun answering Fernanda’s questions, I had to actually think for the first time in quite a while! I loved reading her answers to my questions too. She is such an awesome girl and makes some of the most amazing bookish stuff, some of which I use and wear daily so go show her shop some love, as well as her blog!!
L: What drew you to blogging and how has it impacted your life?
F: What first drew me to blogging was actually my side business “MysteryDateWithaBook.com”. I thought a blog would be a good way to market my items to other bookworms like me. But after I went ahead and started blogging I completely fell in love with it. Plus, I’ve been reading a LOT more since I started blogging, so everybody wins!
L: Do you feel blogging has helped you develop your skills as a writer and if so, how?
F: Well, practice makes perfect, doesn’t it? Haha! Not that my writing is anywhere near perfect! But I find that the more I post on my blog, the more confident I get in my writing. At the beginning I was a bit self-conscious, thinking I wasn’t good enough to get any followers, or looking at other people’s blogs and thinking I was never going to be as engaging and insightful as they were, but as time has gone by I realised that there’s nothing wrong with being myself. After all, what would be the point of having a blog that’s just like everybody else? Boring!
L: When writing your book, do you use pen and paper or do you prefer to type?
F: Oh, typing all the way! I change my mind all the time when writing, so it’s nice to know I can just scroll back and re-type something without leaving a trail of scribbled out words behind.
L: As a reader of YA, how do you feel it influences its readers?
F: Oh, good question! I believe we are influenced by the world around us, and that includes the books we read. If you hang out with nasty people it’ll end up with you bringing out your nasty side (Don’t deny it. We all have some nastiness within us.), and the same goes for kindness, bravery, and all that good stuff. So if there’s a particular character that you identify with, I’m sure they’ll rub off on you some way or another if you spend enough time with them.
L: If you had to choose one author to be your favourite, who would it be?
F: Nooooo! I can’t pick just one! If you had asked me that a year ago I would have said JK Rowling, for sure. But now that blogging has introduced me to so many other amazing authors I couldn’t possibly pick just one!
L: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what would it be?
F: You don’t ask a mother to choose her favourite baby! That’s just not fair…
L: What piece of technology do you wish never existed?
F: Oh, another tough question. I’ve never thought about this before. I’m going for the obvious choice here and say weapons of mass destruction. For obvious reasons.
L: What is your guilty pleasure?
F: I love, love, love cheesy 90s pop songs! Haha! (I can’t believe I’m letting you publish this, Lisa!). Growing up in the 90s I had a ridiculous obsession with pop music and all those boybands that we like to make fun of today. I loved to listen to Backstreet Boys, N’sync, Britney Spears… Those were the days!
L: Who in history do you look up to?
F: There are a lot of inspiring people that left a mark in history. Anyone who stands up for what they believe in is alright in my books. People like Rosa Parks, the suffragettes, Martin Luther King, etc… spoke up against society because they saw something wrong and decided to make it right. Simple but brave.
L: Is there anything about you that people are shocked to know that you would be willing to share with our readers?
F: Oh, I like this question! Let me think… (after much deliberation)… There’s quite a few “shocking” things about me, now that I think about it. Haha! But I’ll go for an oldie this time: “I went to 13 different schools growing up + a local college + one of the best Universities in the UK”. People are usually shocked when I tell them about that. I’m not sure why (!)
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