Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blogger Interview: Edgy Inspirational Romance


Please meet Joy from Edgy Inspirational Romance.  Joy, thank you for letting us be nosey and asking you a few questions :)

Why did you start blogging?  And how long has it been? 
I am still a newbie at this blogging business.  I launched mid May and I've been at it only four months.  I started my book blog because I'm an aspiring Christian romance author who needs a web presence.  Authors need to begin building a platform (that's a fancy word for a fan base) about a year before their book releases. Do I have a book on the horizon?  Unfortunately, no.  But since I also love to read Christian romance,  I'll build a community of fans around that genre, and keep my fingers crossed that one day I'll have something for my followers to read other than my blog. 

How much time and energy do you put into your blog? 
If I had to guess, I'd say I put in about ten hours a week.  But this past summer while I was off from work (I teach elementary school) I put in much more time.  It was a great opportunity to learn the ins and out of Blogger.

Do you enjoy doing memes?  Which ones can be found on your blog?
I do like memes, but I don't do them every week. On occasion I'll do In My Mailbox/Mailbox Mondays, On My Wishlist, It's Monday, what are you reading?, Thursday Thirteen, and Top Ten Tuesday.  I also do the Friday book blog hops.

How would you describe your review style? 
I spend a couple of paragraphs talking about one important aspect of the book.  I don't do a sweeping overview of the story.  I usually pick one element or impression I had and focus on that.  Then I add the back cover blurb and my rating scale.  I also lead with my review and put the story summary at the end, because when I'm reading book reviews I always scroll past the summary anyway.

What advice would you give new book bloggers out there? 
Be consistent with your posting, even if it's only a couple of times a week, and respond to your comments. 

This has been fun! Thanks for interviewing me! :)

THANK YOU, Joy for being the first of my blogger interviews. I love your blog and feel honored that you allowed me this interview. For more on Edgy Inspirational Romance, you can click on the blog button featured at the top of this post.


  1. Chrizette! Thanks so much for having me! I'm honored that you asked. :)

  2. Stopping by from Joy's blog. Great interview! I love Joy's reviews. She always has something positive to say about a book, even if she didn't particularly care for the plot/storyline. Happy Sunday from a new follower. :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

  3. Awesome advice and post :)

    I definitely agree that CF needs more web presence :)

  4. Just popped over from Joy's blog. Great review. One of my favorite blog stops is Joy's blog. Chrizette, I am already a follower of your blog, have an awesome week!

  5. Larri, Juju and Brenda, you guys are awesome. Thanks so much for coming to say hello. :)

  6. Yay! So glad to read Joy's words! :D

  7. JOY!
    This was awesome!! *grin* And great advice too : ) I had no idea that you only started in May...seriousl, girl! WOW! You've done a great job!

    By the way, which grade do you teach??

    Chrizette, thanks so much for having Joy! She's such fun, isn't she?? Nice blog, I really enjoyed getting exposed to it : )
    Talk to you later!

  8. By the way, Chrizette, how is Life As We Knew It???? I wanted to read this soooo bad, but then didn't end up buying it. If it's good, I might have to go look for it again *grin*

  9. I've just discovered blogging and blog hopping recently, and Joy's blog is one of my favorites!

  10. Lynn! Hello, my friend! Thanks for swinging by.

    Hannah, I teach first grade right now, but I've also taught 3rd, 2nd, and Pre-K.

    Renee, be careful, this blogging business is addicting. LOL.

  11. Oh, I wanted to say Lynn who posted above helped me *A LOT* with setting up my blog and answering my ten million blogging related questions. You all should really check out her blog! ;)


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