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
We welcome your questions or comments.
Thanks for reading!