I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but alas I can’t be and I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA! BEA for those who don’t know is the largest book trade fair in North America. Publishers, industry experts, and authors along with book buyers, librarians, and bloggers also attend the event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase upcoming book titles, talk trends, and for some sell and buy international rights. BEA really is the event of the year for those in publishing.
Armchair BEA coincides with BEA and those of us who cannot attend will be participating all week in various virtual events. To kickoff Armchair BEA, we have an introduction post! 🙂
Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica and I’ve been blogging for a little over 10 months, but going on 6 months on my own. Although Literary, etc was established in June when my friend Arlinda suggested it, I didn’t take it seriously. A few months later, I was asked to be part of a blog that was being created and the first 2 words in their name were my suggestion. I left in early December due to scheduling conflicts and different agendas. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but in hindsight, it was the best decision for me since we’ve gone in different directions.
Going on my own was a difficult decision because suddenly I had no network and had to start from scratch. I questioned if I wanted to continue, but I really enjoyed the friendships formed talking to others about books. I love that feeling of recommending a book and someone really enjoying it.
Q. Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wasn’t raised here, but did my senior year of high school in ABQ and decided to stay for university. What I can say about New Mexico? Locals often refer to her as the Land of Entrapment (A play on the state’s official nickname, “Land of Enchantment”), because you want to leave, but there aren’t enough job opportunities to expand one’s resume and hence being stuck.
Q. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
I just finished C.J. Daugherty’s Night School and about to start on David Morrell’s Murder as a Fine Art.
Q. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
It could be considered book related, but I’m going to pretend it’s not. I have a Master’s in Medieval History from the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, Scotland) and my area of research is Medieval warfare with an interest in 14th century England. My master’s dissertation was on Nicholas Upton, an English cleric who wrote a book about heraldry and the art of war. I focused on Upton with regards to ransoms and duels and also did a compare and contrast with his French contemporaries. I’d love to pursue a PhD, but the job market in the Humanities isn’t very good and at this point, I see the PhD as a personal goal rather than a necessity.
Q. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
This is a difficult question because I have several favorite authors I’d want to meet. I’m going to narrow it down to living authors. For mystery / suspense / thriller writers I’d pick Gillian Flynn, Charles Finch, Chelsea Cain, and David Morrell. All four write and approach a murder scene very differently. I think it would be fun and interesting to see how these four would interact.
For historical fiction writers, it would be Deborah Harkness, Bee Ridgway, and Eloisa James. Even though Eloisa James technically is a romance writer, I’ve included her in the list because she’s a professor along with Harkness and Ridgway. Imagine the wonderful conversation you could have with these three about writing and handling academia.
Are you participating in Armchair BEA? If so, let me know and I’d love to get to you know you!