indieBRAG has put together a great group of book bloggers to interview our B.R.A.G. Medallion Honorees. This week we would like our authors to get to know our team a bit better. Today indieBRAG Team Member Erin of Flashlight Commentary is chatting with us about her website.
Erin, why do you blog?
Flashlight Commentary started as a diversionary activity to break the monotony and loneliness of life as a stay at home mom with a newborn. I’d always loved books and blogging about was something I could do while my daughter slept and the rest of my social circle worked. That was six years ago. At this point Flashlight Commentary serves as my creative outlet and it connects me to one of the most diverse and fascinating communities I’ve ever experienced. I do it because I love books, love talking about book, and love interacting with others who enjoy books as much as I do.
How many books a year do you read?
It depends on what is going on, but I average somewhere between 100 and 150.
What are your favorite genres?
Historic fiction is hands down my favorite genre. I read reads a lot of this and that, but something about fact based fiction really appeals to me.
Where are the different places you read?
I listen to a lot of audio books in my car and at my desk at work, but my favorite places to read are in my backyard, in my bed, or next to my window when it’s raining.
What thrills you the most about reading?
The escapism. I live a remarkably normal existence as a single mom with two kids. There is a lot of stress and responsibility, but when I find quiet moments to myself I love being able to slip into someone else’s shoes and see the world through someone else’s eyes.
Name your favorite childhood book.
As a very young child routinely asked for Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale, but by my elementary school days, I was enamored with C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew.
What is the first thing you consider when buying a book?
Subject matter. I’ll find something that interests me, fixate on it, and search out stories that incorporate those ideas or events.
For you, what is the most important aspect of a story?
It’s never one aspect for me. It’s the combination of details, the joint alchemy of how they come together, the feelings they illicit, and how they command my imagination.
Thank you, Erin!
Authors, if you would like Erin to interview you for your B.R.A.G. Medallion Book and feel she is the right fit, please contact Stephanie M. Hopkins to get Erin’s contact information. Thank you.