So, being in the book community these days have been a little overwhelming because of Book Expo America, or BEA. It’s THE PLACE to go to for any book blogger, reviewer, author, or agent to go to, from what I gather. The hype on Twitter as well as blogging sites have made it seem irresistable to me, so how could I not feel a little envious?
Thank God that just yesterday, I came upon the jewel Armchair BEA. This sounds a bit cheesy, but I think that this is a great idea for the many bloggers like me who feel left out of the fun going on in New York (where BEA is)! I don’t have real life blogging friends either (nor many close online ones), so I’ve decided to step out of the zone and do a little more things I haven’t done before. Armchair BEA being one of them.
The hosts for this online conference have given some questions to anwer, so I’d love to share mine and read yours!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
How long have you been blogging?
I started this blog around spring of 2014, I believe. However, my friend and I (the co-blogger in the About Me page) weren’t really involved in the blogosphere. We usually just put up our own opinions and reviews and never tried to connect to other people.
However, in December 2014, I started picking up this blog. Now it’s just me running it, but I’m also starting to reach out to other bloggers. Reading is what gets me going through life, and I hope I can spread that love to other people.
Where are you from?
Florida! Land of sunshine and oranges and old people.
How did you get into blogging?
There’s actually a story behind that!
This blog came up the day that Jessica Brody, Jessica Khoury, Anna Banks, Christina Farley, and some other lady authors went to my high school and introduced their books.
You see, before that happened, I was a little disconnected with books. Although I spent my middle school career in the media center, when I entered high school and got inundated with classes, new friends, and a new environment, my book-reading teetered to a stop. When these super nice authors came to my school though, my interest got revamped and One Way Or An Author came to be.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity is my life.
Not to be dramatic or anything, haha. I’m an ABC, or American Born Chinese – first generation. This makes diversity a major part of my life. I grew up reading about caucasian characters my age going through adventures in America. And while I love reading about my favorite wizard or demi-god, there has always been a feeling of discontent about the lack of representation in children/young adult literature.
Why aren’t there any Asian characters?
How come the main characters are always white?
If this book takes place in Egypt, where is the culture?
I’m not saying there aren’t books out there with non-white characters, but they’re never as exposed.
Fortunately, this has changed with awesome campaigns like We Need Diverse Books and more and more people realizing that there are WORLDS out there that literature has not explored yet.
What is your favorite genre and why?
Fantasy, hands down.
I read to escape from my life, and the amalgam of different worlds in fantasy books provide the kind of escape I’m looking for.
That’s it for me! If you leave a comment or link up your own introductory post, I would be happy to read it. Thanks for stopping by!