I’d like to give a very warm welcome to Leah from Chick Lit Reviews, one of europe’s top book review websites for women’s fiction. Leah was one of the first book bloggers to reach out to me when I self-published Conditional Love last year and I was extremely flattered by her support.
She is celebrating her fabulous blog’s fifth birthday this month and so I invited her along to my blog to answer five questions…
1. What inspired you to start Chick Lit Reviews?
Back in 2009 there weren’t many Chick Lit blogs – just Chick Lit Club (which is still running) and Trashionista (which isn’t) and I thought to myself, “Why don’t I try my hand at blogging?”, I wanted to share my love of reading and my love of books! And it just sort of went from there, I was lucky, really, because there was a bit of a gap in the market, these days Chick Lit blogs are a dime a dozen.
2. What is your proudest moment in the history of Chick Lit Reviews?
Getting to interview Sophie Kinsella. We ran an entire week dedicated to her and to get the chance to do an email interview was astounding! She’s my all-time favourite author, and to get to speak to her was akin to speaking to a famous person!
3. How do you think blogging has changed for you over the past five years
It’s changed massively. There are now more Chick Lit blogs than you can count, which is great for the genre, but a bit of a shame because you just don’t stand out any more, because every where you look there’s a new blogger starting out! It’s a subject I have massive opinions on if I’m honest (opinions I don’t dare share for being shouted at), because it sort of feels as if some people are blogging merely for free books than for the love of books, and I can never agree with that. But because of the amount of blogs now, I’ve also made some great friends and I love nothing more than chatting to fellow book lovers about awesome books!
4. This one is on books – is there a book that you read time and again and if so why, and if you could pick one book to be made into a film what would it be?
There are many books I read time and time again, most notably: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon, and any Kinsella novel (I’ve read the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep A Secret? & The Undomestic Goddess dozens of times). I don’t get the chance to really re-read books any more, which is a shame but those are ones I can always go back to, if necessary!
As for one book to be made into a movie – hmmmm. This is a toughie! I would like to see On The Island by Tracy Garvis Graves made into a movie, that was an awesome, awesome novel!
5. Your blog is very well read and highly respected amongst the women’s fiction community, what can we expect to see from you over the next five years?
Hopefully in the next five years, it’ll be more of the same! I can’t see myself giving it up, but you never know, but I at least still want to be around in some capacity for as long as I can! I love blogging, love talking about books, love the whole genre of Chick Lit so I would be sad to ever have to give it up – it’s unthinkable! More of the same would be amazing, and if we grow more – even better!
Cathy: Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Leah. Congratulations on reaching Chick Lit Review’s fifth birthday and I wish you every success for the future!
Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Vintage Summer. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo.
Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Now she thinks she may have found her dream job.
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