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Monday, September 14, 2009

BBAW Day Two - Blogger Interview Swap!

BBAW Day Two! Interview Swap!

One of the highlights of BBAW last year was having bloggers swap interviews and post during BBAW. So the organizers decided to do it again!

My partner is Robert Johnston, whose blog is Boy With Books.com (http://rowijo.void-star.net/)

Robbie is 20 years old, and currently going to college in Colorado. His blog is a lively mixture of a wide variety of books, but mainly focuses on Young Adult books. He has author interviews, even a video review or two.

Robbie has a great sense of humor, and a crisp writing style. Boy With Books is just a nice blog to visit.

Robbie graciously answered a few questions about his blog and reviewing style.

1. How did you get interested in writing book reviews?

Oh, what a long story! Well, it was the summer before (or after? I think it was before) I went into seventh grade, and I was at a local coffee house with my mom when we saw a flier for a teen book club. Anyway, that's where I met Di Herald (genrefluent.com), who provides the books that publishers send her to teens for free as long as they submit reviews to her site. So that's where a lot of my earlier reviews are, although I've come a long way since then!

2. In your bio you said you want to work with books - what would your "dream" book job be?

My goal is to be a high school librarian, although I would also enjoy being a literary agent or editor or publicist. I also want to eventually publish my own novel(s).

3. Where do you see Young Adult books headed in terms of subject matter that will interested teens and young adults?

I think that we're seeing a lot of genre-blending and genre-bending. For example, there's a lot of YA "chick lit" with supernatural themes, or vampires that are actually nothing like traditional vampires. I think that YA will keep evolving as a format, both along with "adult" and "children's" fiction and seperately.

4. Who is your favorite author?

That's a cruel question to ask a reader! As a fantasy geek at heart, I love L. Frank Baum (Oz), Tamora Pierce, and all the great fantasy authors. In the newer crop, I think that Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire) is amazingly gifted and has such an amazing imagination.

Thank you, Robbie, for being such a great interview-swap partner!


Marjorie said...

Thank you - and I enjoyed your interview over there too.

Petty Witter said...

An interesting interview - thanks for that. Wishing to be involved with BBAW, I'm afraid I had to resort to interviewing myself which was an interesting exercise that everyone should try, it's good fun, honest.

Heather J. said...

I love finding more male book bloggers - yay!

Sheila Deeth said...

Nice interview. This is fun, chasing after all my favorite bloggers and finding more.