i! Welcome to Follow Me Friday: Blog Style! I believe that book bloggers should help one another, because well, we all have one thing in common- the love of blogging, and books. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and networking with some great bloggers out there, and my little tribute to everyone is to start up this fun Friday post! The power of uniting has helped Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More grow into what it is today, and I’m not about to forget the help I’ve gotten to achieve this goal. My hopes in starting this is to get other blogs some more followers, whether they are a well-known blog or a small one, a blog that’s just starting out. I’m here to help.
This Friday I’d like to feature Tory Michaels’ World. The owner/create of this blog is Tory Michaels. I hope you’ll follow along as I ask some questions pertaining to the blog, and a few fun questions. Ready? Let’s begin!
Hi! Welcome to Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More! I’m really excited about this, and glad that you have taken part of the fun!
So, tell us a little bit about yourself!
What made you decide to start a blog? Back in 2010 when I “got serious” about trying to be published, everyone said “build your platform” and “you must have a blog”. Well, hated blogging at that time, but I dutifully started one up.
How did you come up with a blog name? It’s now “Tory Michaels’ World” but it started out as The Bureau of Non-Human Affairs, which was a reference to a major factor in my (what is now called) Dream-Walker War series. The Tory Michaels thing, well, that’s me. No one said I didn’t get to have an ego. :)
How many people do you have on staff, and how do you decide who does what job? Just me, myself and I. Not big enough to need other people, yet, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t be interested in sharing the blog with someone if someone else wanted to come in from time to time.
How long has your blog been live/active? ?? 2010
What type of things do you do? Services you provide? At this point I primarily host blog tours. Before that, I talked about my frustrations with writing, and about the WIPs I was working on. If you want a date to show up, I’m quite welcoming to guest posters!
What are THREE unique things about your blog? Ummmmm…Oh, wow. Exclusive snippets from my current WIPs. I think I get a really wide variety of guests and interviews. And adorable pictures of my kids! (Sorry, I’m totally blanking on how to answer this).
How do you go about spreading the word about your blog, and the posts? I post on Facebook, which posts to twitter.
What’s the best thing about blogging? Helping the author community by promoting their work. It’s a really rough market out there, with so many of us.
What’s the hardest thing about being a blogger? Coming up with topics, or at least not talking about the same, exact points week in and week out. It’s easier since I started hosting interviews and the like, but on the other hand, I do still like to talk about my life and writing.
Besides blogging, what are some of your other hobbies and passions? Writing and reading. Er, I suppose my kids and hubby should come before that, and in my heart, know they do, but they don’t really count as hobbies, right? But I’m passionate about them.
Which author have you not hosted on your blog that you’d LOVE to have? Sherrilyn Kenyon! I don’t know what I’d do if I got so lucky as to snag her. (Nor do I have the faintest idea on how to go about doing it).
Where can readers find you? How many ways to follow do you have?
How would an author go about getting a feature, whether it be an interview, guest post, etc? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask. That’s pretty much it.
Most memorable post/event? From my perspective or my readers’? I think my best received/commented on post (not counting the Six Sentence Sunday ones), was one I did for a blog hop this year regarding Valentines Day. The heroes and heroines from my Dream-Walker War explained their feelings about the day. (http://torymichaels.blogspot.com/2012/02/vampires-for-valentines-day.html)
Let’s share some firsts!
First post: http://torymichaels.blogspot.com/2010/05/inaugural-post.html. I introduced myself to the world.
First author interview: http://torymichaels.blogspot.com/2012/01/thursday-word-slingers-guest-adonis.html – Fellow Evernight author, Adonis Devereux
And now for some fun questions!
Three books on your keeper’s shelf. Wicked Intentions (Elizabeth Hoyt), The Theory of Attraction (Delphine Dryden), Mastered by Love (Stephanie Laurens).
Favorite authors? Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Keri Arthur, Elizabeth Hoyt, Judi Fennell, Lydia Dare, Tessa Dare, Christina Dodd. I’m sure I could keep going, but those are the ones who leap to mind first.
Book you’ve re-read the most? Gone With the Wind.
Favorite TV show? Once Upon a Time, True Blood, and Big Bang Theory (sorry, like Pringles, I can’t stop at just one).
Favorite color? Dark forest green.
What’s your dream job? Full-time author.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, no money holding you back, where would you go? Egypt and Iran, believe it or not. It’s the history of the country, not the current political nonsense going on.
Anything else you’d like to add in, maybe something I didn’t ask in the interview that you’d love to share with readers? As I’m currently sleep deprived, nothing’s coming to mind other than thank you so much for having me and I hope to see some of you really soon at my blog. I’m sowwy!
I really appreciate you answering my questions. It’s great getting to know other bloggers that share the same interests as I do. Before we end this post, please share any links that come in handy for you and your blog.
www.sizzlinghotbooks.net (they do some great reviews and they’re connected to Sizzling PR)
www.sizzlingpr.com (most of my bloggers come through this company)
www.twitter.com – I love interacting with people and while I don’t just “hang out” much there, if you @ me (@torymichaels), I will usually respond somewhere along the lines and hope to get a conversation going.
Readers, I hope you’ll check out this blog and give it a follow if you haven’t already!