Today, we talked to one of our Top 10 Reviewers for 2017. Let us get to know Tressa, the founder of Wishful Endings and learn about her experience on being a book reviewer.
What made you decide to start reviewing books?
I was reading over a hundred books a year and following all these bloggers and thought, why not join them and get free books while doing it? My children weren’t all in school yet and I felt like I spent all my time for them, my husband, keeping up the house and serving in our church (and those are all really great things), but I didn’t do anything that was specifically for me. Blogging is just for me. It also is one way I’ve found to challenge myself creatively and in developing some select skills (html coding, graphics, writing, etc.).
What is the best thing about being a top reviewer?
I don’t know that I know. Lol! I’ve been a top reviewer on Goodreads a few times and it definitely made me feel accomplished, but I don’t really like competing or worrying about my stats per se. I blog for the enjoyment of it. I like interacting with readers and other bloggers and hopefully doing what I do well and meeting the goals I’ve set for myself.
What is your worst experience in dealing with an author or publisher?
Hmm. I have had one author hound me for a review when I told her that her book wasn’t for me and that I wouldn’t be finishing it. She literally got mad at me in some emails and on Goodreads, but I just pointed her to my policy and told her that I never promise to review a book. I only promise to give it a try. I’ve found most authors and publishers to be quite professional and to understand that not every reviewer is going to like what they publish.
What is the most memorable book review or author interview you have ever done?
This is a hard question because I have quite a few that are memorable and authors that I love. Last year I got to be on a conference call with some other bloggers to interview Margaret Stohl for her Black Widow: Red Vengeance release (you can see a portion of the interview here: http://www.wishfulendings.com/2016/10/from-marvelpress-black-widow-red.html). I’m a huge Marvel geek and I love both of her Black Widow books and so it was a very exciting experience!
What books are you currently reading now, and what is your favorite genre?
I’m always reading a million books. Well, not literally, but quite a few. I also review quite a range of genres. This week I’m reading Unseen Road to Love by Chelsea Curran (LDS Romance), Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman (Inspirational Fiction), One Last Summer by Jo Noelle (Romance), The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (Sci-Fi/Fantasy), and It Started with Goodbye by Christina June (Young Adult). My favorite genre is Young Adult and I can’t really choose a subgenre, but probably fantasy.
How much time do you spend on reviewing a book, on average?
It depends on my schedule. Generally I read a book over one to three days and then review it shortly after.
How do you deal with book requests?
I used to take almost everything, but now I stick to genres I feel I’ll enjoy and only if I have room in my schedule. I have a review policy on my site and I have authors read through that and answer a few questions before they send me a request. My hope is to find a good fit for me as well as for the author.
Do you see yourself writing your own book? If yes, what would it be about?
I think every blogger has debated writing a book at some point. I have some stories in my head (a Regency romance, a contemporary romance, and a YA fantasy), but I don’t know that I’ll ever write. I love reading and I don’t want the publishing process to ever ruin that.
If you had to choose one book that you reviewed to be turned into a movie, which one would it be? Why?
I would LOVE Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo or Cinder by Marissa Meyers to be movies!
What is your ultimate favorite book of all time?
Do I really have to choose? This is the like the hardest question ever! If I stick to classics, then I’d probably say Anne of Green Gables. But even then, I want to list five other classics with it…
Have you ever received gifts to thank you for your review?
I have. I’ve gotten gifts just thanking me for working with an author or for a promotion without even reading the book. One of my favorite promotional services is Big Honcho Media and Harlequin’s Heartwarming authors come to mind as a fabulous group of ladies.
How do authors react when you give their books a negative review?
Most seasoned authors don’t read their reviews. Those that have responded to a negative review have been really gracious and said that it gave them some points to improve on or asked for more information on my reasoning. I try to be honest, but also kind when I don’t like a book. I know how tough it is to get negative feedback.
Finally, tell us a little bit about yourself. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
My kids will be older, so I’m sure my life will be changing a little, but I see myself still blogging, running book promotions, and doing other creative things.
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