It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Becky Jerams author of Reasons To Love a Nerd Like Me (see my review here). It currently has a 4.3 star rating on Amazon and a 4.36 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Becky is giving away a pdf copy of Just the Way You Are. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, May 16, 2016.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
I am a writer and musician from Portsmouth, UK. Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me is my debut novel and has been featured on the website Wattpad where it has gained many loyal readers and over two million hits. After receiving such an overwhelming response for my writing, I recently released the new and improved edition of my story as an official eBook through Kindle Direct Publishing.
1) Why should people read your book?
I think a lot of people will relate to the characters in Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me because they are flawed and definitely not perfect, but many of them still hold a lot of self-confidence about who they are. I tried to make them a little quirkier than the stereotypical leads of Young Adult fiction so I hope that will make people want to read about them and maybe even take away some positive messages in the process.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I always write my books in my little computer den slash studio room (I am also a musician). The walls are covered with posters of my favourites musicians/actors/cartoon characters and anything pretty or inspirational that I manage to find in my travels. There are also a million little gonks and toys lining the window ledge above me and a bookshelf crammed with books. It’s a total explosion of stuff and I find it the most inspiring place to sit and be creative.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I have quite a lot of projects on at the moment to keep me busy. I am currently in the middle of editing my spin-off sequel to Nerd titled Could You Love An Apple? as well as writing a third book in the series titled First Love, Worst Love. There’s a big fantasy story bubbling in the back of my mind as well, but I want to clear my current projects before throwing myself into a new series. It’s definitely next in line for my attention though. Music-wise I am trying to fit in songwriting sessions whenever I get a spare day off work, I’m getting a new band together to perform with and I’m planning on attending a Eurovision camp in Holland this summer. I am also waiting on tenterhooks for further news about some songs of mine which should be released in Asia this year with various acts and I really want to make the most of the exposure when they come out. On top of all this, I am planning my wedding. So needless to say, I am a little stressed out right now haha! But I love it.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
A lot of children’s books are ones I love to re-read for comfort and nostalgia. I love AA Milne’s Winnie The Pooh and anything by Roald Dahl or Jacqueline Wilson.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Hozier – From Eden
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I can turn my hands into a little monster face – it’s like hand origami.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
How do you manage to read SO many books in such a short amount of time?! It takes me months to finish one book and I am always super impressed with how speedy many reviewers seem to be! Laura – I have talked about this a little bit here and there, but I am a superfast reader. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember and have always read a lot. I had a college reading course and part of it was clocking my reading speed. I was clocked at 125 pages an hour (Oh, my site title totally just made sense for many of you!). I am what is classified as a skim and scan reader, which means I don’t read every word in a book I skim for concepts and scan for specific information. Reviewing has actually made me slow down my reading as I want to be able to give a very concrete review of the book. So now an average book (300 pages) that used to take me about 2 1/2 hours now takes me closer to four hours. But that is just me, I’m sure other reviewers have their own systems.
Youtube (Featuring Book Trailer): https://www.youtube.com/user/beakyboo123