Hello and welcome to Lucy Loves Books, my weekly book blog including writing, publishing news, reviews, and generally my opinions and stuff flying all over the place. While I usually stay clear of personal posts about me in the main feed, I figured if you were really that interested about me you'd eventually make your way over here. I even did a Q&A with myself. How sad.
How old are you?
Do you have a favourite book/author?
It changes a lot, but my current all-time favourite is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I read it at a time when I was dealing with shyness and panic attacks on a scale I hadn't dealt with before, and it brought me a lot of comfort. I read it whenever I’m sad and it reminds me there are other shy people out there. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is another fluffy but beautiful book, a bit like a Cashmere jumper; I enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s writing a lot. A third is Submarine by Joe Dunthorne, also one of my favourite films.
What is your drink of choice when you write, and when are you most productive?
Tea for a good caffeine boost, or chocolate milkshake! My productivity levels vary, but usually I’m most productive in the evening.
When did you start blogging?
I made a personal blog called 'The Simple Life of Lucy' in August 2013 but sadly (and probably luckily; it was very boring) that project didn't work out. It was more out of boredom than anything else. It was January 2014 it was renamed Lucy Loves Books and since my GCSE's are over, I've been blogging more recently in summer 2014.
What sort of books/films do you review?
Mainly YA as I’m a teenager myself. I would be open to reviewing adult books but I don’t think I’d get the most out of it just yet. I’d also enjoy branching into Graphic Novels or Poetry Anthologies, but it’s mainly fiction books at the moment.
What inspired you to start a blog?
I had met some people online a couple of years ago on a writing forum, and I knew a few of them ran book blogs. It sounded like so much fun, and since I got a Twitter account (@lovesbooksblog) and got into Youtube, I've come across many more book reviewers. Another inspiration was my brother. He entered a competition to blog during the World Cup in Rio for a betting company and while he didn't win and get to watch the matches live, he's landed more opportunities to blog not only throughout the tournament, but also through the new football season. Seeing his dedication also gave me the drive to be more committed to my own writing and blogging.
Why are you so passionate about books and writing?
Since I was young I wanted to be an author. I know that sounds like a cliche but it's 100% true. Both reading and writing have been dominant hobbies through my teenage years and I've made alot of friends through it. As I mentioned before, I joined a small internet writing forum and as I did that, my social media presence grew again after being cyberbullied when I was younger. This presence and meeting like minded people has only fueled my passion. Many of these people have inspired me to keep going and with their help I've recently finished a first draft of a novel! Fiction opens your mind to so many worlds and people and topics and I think that's something to be treasured.
What are you other passions besides writing?
Animals. I have two cats named Lily and Ruby and a new hamster called Buddy; they often assist me with writing! I also enjoy acting, films and theatre productions, and am partial to reenacting the Great British Bake Off. Youtube videos and short films often inspire my writing too.
What's your biggest writing achievement to date?
In 2012 I participated in NaNoWriMo which lead me to writing 50,000 words in a month. It was 50,000 of utter crap but it was a huge surge of adrenaline when I finished. I also finished writing a first draft of a story called 'Not Like the Films' in the past nine months, which I'm very proud of.
Why do you blog?
It’s fun, and a hobby. I’d love to build a little community up with book recommendations and writing comments. My ultimate goal would to be noticed by a publishing company and be sent ARC’s but this was no way my intention when starting the blog. It’s a commitment and I like to have goals; that’s the predominant reason.
Where do you get inspiration?
Everywhere, everyone and everything. It could be something as small as someone interesting or quirky walking past me in the street, that makes me wonder what they’re like. A song lyric that has different meanings, or an object that evokes memories. It could be a place that sparks a setting or a news story. Literally anything. That’s why I think my writing can vary quite a bit.
Do you have a writing routine or schedule?
When I was at school (it’s the summer holidays now) I would write for 20 minutes before school and usually reach 500 words. That’s got a little slack recently as I haven’t had many ideas but I’m hoping to keep it up in September. In terms of blogging I usually publish on Fridays and write one post in advance.
What authors do you see as role models?
When I was younger it was definitely Jacqueline Wilson! While I cringe at her writing now her style has stayed with me in some ways and I’ve crafted it into my own. I also take influences from authors such as Phil Earle, Non Pratt and Nathan Filer. I wouldn’t say I see anyone as a role model as such, because no one’s perfect. However, one person who keeps me committed and determined is a YouTuber called KickThePJ. He writes, directs and produces short films and is extremely creative, dedicated and focused. I really aspire to have his work ethic when it comes to writing.
Phew that’s long! Congratulations if you made it through to the end! Hopefully you know a little more about me now and this post was a worthwhile read.