Good morning! One of my goals this year is to become serious about supporting and encouraging fellow Christian Fiction bloggers/reviewers. So I’ve decided that at least once a month, I’m going to do a blogger spotlight.
I love finding other bloggers to follow and this is a great way for you to discover some new favorites!
This month’s spotlight is:
Trisha from Joy of Reading
Trisha discovered a love of books at a young age. Growing up in Appalachia, stories have always played a central role. As a devourer of historical Christian fiction, Christian Romance, and Cozy Mysteries, she finds joy in sharing the love of the stories she reads with others. She loves her family and spending quiet time with God. When she’s not busy taking care of her family, or at work, you can find Trisha curled up with a hot beverage and a good book, traveling to historic locations, and making new friends. Trisha enjoys connecting with authors and readers alike and aspires to one-day publish her own stories.
Becky: Hello and welcome! Thank you for joining me on the blog today.
Trisha: Hi Becky, I’m thrilled to join you today for this super fun interview! This is such a fantastic way to get to know fellow bloggers better.
Becky: How long have you been reviewing and how did you decide on your theme for the blog?
Trisha: I began blogging a year ago! Wow! Time sure flies when you are having fun ☺
I have been an avid reader of Christian Fiction since middle school. I eagerly read as many stories as I could get my hands on. Early favorites included authors Bodie & Brock Thoene, Janette Oke, Lori Wick, Gilbert Morris, Judith Miller, Francine Rivers, Tracie Peterson, Liz Curtis Higgs, Judith Pella, Michael Phillips, Linda Windsor, & Kay D. Rizzo.
There are many fabulous book bloggers, and I hesitated to start blogging. I’d been content for a while just writing reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and similar book sites, and participating in a few launch teams. Then Heather Day Gilbert told me about NetGalley and so I joined and started requesting books. Frequently I was denied due to not having a blog. Thus, my blog Joy of Reading began.
I enjoy meeting new people and chatting about books. Anyone interested in following can find me at the following:
Becky: Wow! I had no idea you’d only been blogging for only a year. Congrats!
What’s your favorite part about being a reviewer?
Trisha: My favorite part of reviewing is making connections! Meeting new people, making new friends, getting to know favorite authors and chatting books with fellow book lovers! I enjoy sharing my love of books with others.
Becky: I agree. Making connections is one of the best parts of the job!
What would you say is one of the hardest parts of the job?
Trisha: The hardest part would be saying “no” to a book review. I’d love to be able to read all the books. However, with a family and a fulltime job, it just isn’t possible. It isn’t always easy, but it is necessary to sometimes pass on a review opportunity.
Becky: Oh man. I completely agree with that. Saying no, especially when it’s a book that I really want to read, but due to time management is one of the hardest.
What keeps you busy and entertained when you’re not reviewing?
Trisha: My wonderful 10-year old son, my handsome husband and my fulltime job keep me pretty busy! We homeschool, have piano lessons, swim class, and participate in the Pathfinder club (church club similar to boy scouts). I Bible Journal, and have started learning more about Verse Mapping. I’ve also been doing a little writing of my own.
Becky: What book are you reading right now?
Trisha: I’m currently reading A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green. This book is a history lover’s dream come true! It’s rich with historical detail, vibrant characters and a story that draws you in and keeps your attention.
Becky: This is on my TBR! I can’t wait for my copy to come soon.
Who would you say your favorite fictional character is? If you could spend the day with him/her, what would you do?
Trisha: I don’t really have a favorite. Honestly, it changes with the story I’m reading. If I could spend the day with a character from a book, I’d enjoy a cozy conversation at a local café, sipping on a hot drink (unless it’s summertime, then a cool drink), a casual stroll through a lovely garden, or touring a historical landmark. Chatting and enjoying the day!
Becky: What is your favorite fictional genre?
Trisha: Historical Christian Fiction is my favorite. I love reading stories from history, discovering little-known events, and bringing life to old stories.
Becky: What kind of advice would you offer to new reviewers?
Trisha: Have fun. Don’t feel like you have to keep up with what others are doing. Join a few book tours, make connections, and leave reviews on many sites.
Use the schedule feature in your blog to schedule posts ahead of time, so you aren’t trying to throw something together at the last minute. By creating the post ahead of time, you can also go back the next day and look at it again, you may just catch something you missed and now you can correct it before it goes live.
Don’t be afraid to promote other people’s blogs also. If you see a blog post you like, share it!
Becky: I had a blast chatting with you! Thank you so much for visiting.
Trisha: Thank you, Becky, for inviting me to your blog today for this fun interview!