Recently I ran across this tag on the site Book Bastion and I thought it looked worthwhile. Bentley credits it to The Bibliophile Girl UK because that’s the blog he found it on, but as he says “it looks like its origins are lost to the ether.” So prepare to learn some deets about one half of the dynamic blogging duo of Graphic Novelty²!

Me & my hubby hiking at Starved Rock last month
How Long Have You Been a Blogger?

Kathleen and I have been blogging since January of 2016. We met in a graduate class at Dominican University, partnered up for a project in which we created a fake blog, and afterwards we decided to go live with it.

At What Point Do You Think You’ll Stop?

I love to blog! Kathleen and I are a good team so I hope to keep on keeping on.

What is the best part?

My IRL friends don’t read even a fraction of what I do, much less want to talk about the nerdy things I like. Although our blog is almost exclusively about graphic novels and geek life, if you follow me on Goodreads you’ll see I read many genres.  Now I can share my book musings and geek thoughts without shame!

What is the worst part?

Finding the time! I’m a married mom of three and a teen librarian, so my book blogging cuts into my precious little free time.

How long does it take you to find/create photos to use?

Depends- longer than I’d like since I overthink it.

Who’s your book crush?

That’s a tough one- I’m married and don’t develop crushes on book characters because I already have a real life prince ♥

What’s your favorite book, who is your favorite author?

Can’t pick just one!

Graphic Novels: Wendy & Richard Pini (ElfQuest), Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez (Locke & Key) and Tim Seely & Mike Norton (Revival)

Fiction: Rainbow Rowell, Richard Peck, Silas House, Sheila Kay Adams, Kent Haruf & John Sandford

Non-Fiction: Dale Maharidge & Michael Williamson

The Revival series holds a special place in my heart since I was drawn in as a cameo character in the last issue. Yes, that’s really me!
Which author would you love to have on your blog?

Rainbow Rowell because we are secret soul sisters.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

If it’s really short an hour- but some longer ones require several hours (usually not done all at once).

How do you feel about the book blog community/culture?

I love it! I’ve found genuine friends here and haven’t gotten mixed up in any drama.

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State your opinion, but don’t get caught up in “gatekeepers” in certain fandoms.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Wish I knew! Seriously though- just be authentic, post as consistently as you can and engage with other bloggers in the comments section! If someone sends you a comment, reply! If they took time to comment, then I want to give them the courtesy of a reply. Friendships can develop through those comments, and that can lead to guest posting on other blogs, which is another way to grow followers.

So there you have it-  my secret life as a book blogger!

-Nancy

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