It is my pleasure to introduce Brianna of The Book Vixen. She is my hero because she stepped up and took over The Novel Challenge blog when Wendy decided to move on to other things. It is my go to website for all book challenges and book related activities.
A Novel Challenge is such a valuable and resourceful site that I just couldn't bare to see the site go. So as crazy as it sounds, with me being due this month, I took on the challenge of taking over the site. I am lucky enough to have 7 other fabulous people on the Admin team helping me out. Without them, it wouldn't have been possible for me alone to keep up with the site.
Brianna started blogging in August 2009 and like the rest of us enjoys talking about books.
1) Tell me a bit about yourself. What is the one thing no one knows about you that you'd like to share?
I’m a 30-something stay-at-home-mama to a 6-year old and a 4-year old with one on the way. I’m pretty much expecting baby #3 to come any day now. (*taps on belly* Hello in there! You can come out any time now.) Who knows, maybe she’ll make her debut by the time this interview goes up! *crosses fingers* I love my Kindle and my iTouch (really, I can’t live without either one) and I’m a chocoholic. I need chocolate in order to survive. It’s my air people.
Hmm, something no one knows about me….I haven’t had the chicken pox (or the vaccine). During each pregnancy, every doctor has given me the look of shock and horror and ‘the lecture’ about getting the vaccine when they find this out. They literally do a double-take at my lab results. What can I say, I hate needles. But I do plan on getting the vaccine….one day.
2) I couldn't help notice that you love frogs. You have a frog rating system and a couple frog tattoos. What is it about frogs you love so much?
You know, I have no idea. LOL I have loved frogs since as far back as I can remember – well at least in my early teens. I just think they’re cute. They’ve pretty much become a staple in my life; I get frog stuff all the time for my birthday and holidays. I have so many frog knickknacks and figurines, it’s insane. Of course, now that I have little children stomping around the house, I’ve had to put most of my frog items away (most are breakable). And for those who may be wondering, yes, I’ve had (real) frogs as pets J
3) We've seem to have some of the same taste in the romance department including paranormal and suspense and read quite a few of the same authors. Nora Robb, Roxanne St. Claire, Lara Adrian, Karen Rose, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris to name a few. What is it about these types of books that draw you more than any other genre?
I love reading paranormal romance for the vampires and werewolves. Those are some sexy creatures (at least the ones I read about are). I also love PNR for the world-building. Now that’s an escape from my everyday life! But my recent addiction has come to be romantic suspense. When I first started getting into reading, one of the authors I started with was Dean Koontz. I loved the ‘edge of my seat’ feeling I got when I read his novels. When I discovered the romantic suspense genre (which crazy enough wasn’t until about a year and a half ago), I realized I had found the perfect blend of my two favorite genres and haven’t been able to stop ever since. I’ve been reading as much romantic suspense as I can and I’m always on the lookout for new romantic suspense authors. As a matter of fact, I’m currently reading a romantic suspense novel right now – Dangerous Race by Dee J. Adams.
4) How many books do you think you have on your shelves?
If I’ve been a good little vixen with my book cataloging (which I do religiously on Goodreads), then I have 365 books on my shelf and Kindle to be read. That’s about 3 year’s worth of reading material for me, not including any books I buy between now and then of course.
5) When I was pregnant with my son, folks kept telling me, you'll never find time to read anymore. Which simply wasn't true, I love reading too much and will always find time. Looks like you've done the same. You had two littles with another one due at the end of the month. How do you find the time to read and how has your reading changed since you became a mom?
Funny thing is I didn’t really start reading full-force until after I had my 2nd child. And I was working a full-time job at the time as well. Like you Robin, I just find the time. I read during naptime, before I go to sleep at night, in the bath (when I’m lucky enough to actually have the opportunity present itself and I get to actually relax and soak in the tub), and now when I go to doctor appointments. Sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom to get in a bit of reading time. But ask me this question after baby #3 comes and we’ll see how much reading I’ll still be able to squeeze in. LOL
Like for many book bloggers, reading is my escape. It’s my chance to escape the world of chaos and screaming children. Sometimes I need to be somebody else, in someone else’s shoes, if only for a few minutes a day.