Wednesday with Desere Steenberg

I’m delighted to welcome book blogger, Desere Steenberg, in the spotlight this week.  Not only is Desere an avid reader like me, she’s also from South Africa!  Welcome, Desere …

DS:  First off thank you to the lovely Rae for inviting me today! And if you have not read this woman’s books, you are missing out big time, go read them now, I command you!

Haha, LOVE that, thank you!  If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say? 

Forced to work, born to read!

Describe yourself in five words. 

Insightful, emotional, picky, perceptive, fun-loving

What made you decide to start blogging? 

My goal to get the word out about all things book related.

What are the blogging highlights? 

Voicing my opinion is definitely the highlight, I find it very fulfilling to be able to tell it the way I see it.

What are the blogging lows? 

The deadlines can sometimes wreak havoc on everyday life and be very stressful.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Just one, receiving emails from authors requesting book reviews and saying “ I ‘ll make it worth your while if you give me a good 5 /5 star review” I absolutely loath it, I believe in always giving an honest opinion. 

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

Honestly, it just, just fits!

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re…? 

A full time paralegal to a US based attorney, we assist people injured in war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and I also home school my nine year old son, who is the keeper of my heart!

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

I always try to read each and every request that comes my way, the more various genre’s and writing styles I read the more I learn. The only time I do turn someone away is when my schedule is completely booked to such an extent that I simply cannot make it work, because I work on a strict ‘ make sure a review is up by release date ‘ basis.

Tell us something about yourself that readers won’t know from reading your blog. 

I am completely mad about cats! Simply adore them. From tigers to lions to tabbies I love them all!

What are you currently reading?

One step too far by Tina Seskis

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them? 

Never be afraid to ask if you are unsure, us bloggers realize that it could be your first time requesting a review and we know it’s scary. So ask, ask ASK as many questions as possible, and even if you have asked us ten times before ASK AGAIN! Not only will you feel assured but the blogger will remember you the next time around and thus know what it is you are after when requesting a blog tour, review or even just advise.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

In so many countless ways that there is no time to list them all here, but the one that pops the most is the people I have met through blogging, from readers to authors to fans of my reviews. My life would not be half as interesting if it was not for the special peeps in my life!

Quick word associations 

Paranormal  –  dark, mysterious
Children  –   love, smiles, hugs
Men  –  sexy, strong, raw
Beach  –  sun, surf, sand
Bliss  –  reading, coffee, fireplace
Homework  –  Agg! Where’s the dislike button? 
Heels  –  empowering, red
Weekends  –  relaxation 
Holiday  –  Italy, Greece, and France… dang now I want to go in holiday!!
Fridays  –  end of the week rush

Desere loves to talk about books at Romance Book Haven and Facebook – or find her on Twitter.  Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Desere!

We welcome your questions or comments.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers



  1. Elsa Winckler September 10, 2014 at 4:47 am - Reply

    I'n a big fan, Desere! Lovely post 🙂

  2. Yolande Pienaar September 10, 2014 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I adore Desere's reviews and it so nice to learn more about the woman behind the reviews. Thanks for sharing, Rae.

  3. Kathleen Bosman September 10, 2014 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Lovely to learn more about you, Desere! Great word associations. You have such an awesome day job! I also homeschool my three kids – it's hectic.

  4. Marie Dry September 10, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Lovely blog Rae and Desere it's great learning new things about you. I love little tigers too. I'm also a big fan of your reviews.

  5. Desere September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thank you Elsa, you're too kind! I can't wait to read your next masterpiece!

  6. Desere September 10, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Awh! Thank you Yolande, that is so sweet! I have a huge grin on my face, it is such an honor to know a writer is a fan of my reviews!

  7. Desere September 10, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Hi Kathy! So lovely of you to stop by! And yes my day job is awesome!! On the homeschool front you have more guts than me, three kids to teach, am not so sure I would survive it, good on you for succeeding, that is way more awesome than anything else!

  8. Desere September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Yay, another tiger fan ,love it!! I am a huge, huge fan of your work Marie, you create worlds I never even dreamed of, with such amazing characters they jump from the pages! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment about my reviews!

  9. Nas September 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Woohoo! Desere on other side…love it!

    Awesome interview ladies!

  10. Desere September 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you Nas! I am super excited to be here! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Karen Rock September 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Desere is not only an incredibly talented, insightful reviewer and blogger, but she is exactly as she comes across in this interview… a warm, considerate, thoughtful person who genuinely cares about what she does and other people. I've met a lot of people since becoming an author, but hold just a handful closest to me… and Desere is one of them. As a reader I completely trust her opinion… rely on it… as a writer, I'm so grateful for the way she always gets the heart of my books and draws out the deeper meanings others might miss, as a friend, I'm the luckiest person to have met and gotten to know this amazing woman.

  12. Desere September 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

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  13. Desere September 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Awh, once again my friend you have brought me to tears! Thank you for your kind words, I love you dearly and you mean the absolute world to me! I am the lucky one!! Your books are an inspiration and am so very glad to have you, your friendship and books as a part of my life! xx

  14. Romy Sommer September 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe you not only have a job, read so many books, and still find time to home school. You are Superwoman!

    My youngest daughter also loves everything to do with cats.

  15. Desere September 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks Romy! And your daughter sounds like my kind of pal!

  16. Alexia Evans September 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Des, great interview. Home school, plus all the other things in your life. Where do you find the time? Thank you for all you do.

  17. Desere March 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I totally missed this comment, sorry! Thank you Alexia and it takes some doing on most days I only get to bed after midnight but it all works out. Thanks for stopping by!

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