Lisa, of Over The Effing Rainbow, might be new to the blogging world, but she’s already doing it right! Gobs of reviews, read-along posts and love for Harry Dresden, it was lovely to be able to pick her brain on all things books and blogging.
Tell us a little about your blog, Over the Effing Rainbow. How long have you been book blogging? What got you interested in doing this?
I’ve been blogging seriously now for about six months; I started my blog properly in November, last year. I’ve been interested in books for as long as I can remember, though anyone who knows me would tell you that “interested” is a massive understatement! I am a bookworm, and proud of it! As for what got me into this, I think it was basically a combination of a lot of free time (I work part time, in evenings) and constantly reading something and thinking “I want to talk about this!” If I review those books online, then I can take that excited edge off without having to wait around for someone, anyone, to read that book as well! So in a way, I suppose this is my therapy …
I get a grin on my face everytime I visit your blog because of it’s name. What’s the story behind the Effing Rainbow?
It comes from the phrase I’m always using to describe myself! I tend to daydream an awful lot … “Effing Rainbow” is a bit of a concession to the fact that it’s always possible my mother might read my blog. I can swear, but never in front of her … I know, not very rock and roll, but one can be naughty and still be nice!
What are some cool things happening on your blog in April? Any upcoming or recent book reviews or author interviews you’re super excited about?
First up has to be the Stardust Readalong, hosted over at Stainless Steel Droppings. I’m relatively new to Neil Gaiman, so what better way to change that? I had fantastic fun with a couple of recent Terry Pratchett Readalongs (as well you know), so I’m hoping to continue that trend. Then there’s the Emoticon Generation Blog Tour, with Guy Hasson. It’s been posted by now, but I have my very first author guest post up! That was amazingly cool, and Guy is genuinely very nice – and I apparently convinced him to buy a book after he read a review I wrote! It was a book I love already – Gemsigns, by Stephanie Saulter. Reading and reviewing that one was awesome for me, so I’m thrilled that I could get someone else into it.
As for upcoming reviews, that’s easy – I’m currently taking part in the Once Upon A Time Challenge, also at Stainless Steel Droppings. Five fantasy novels of my choice, and two months to read them? Easy!
On top of that … we’ll see what comes out of the pot, but I have a couple of eARCs waiting to be read – The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig, and The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough. I’m really excited for both, so they’ll likely be bumped up the list.