Wow, it’s March already. When they said February is the shortest month, they really meant the shortest month. (Also for some odd reason, Bloglovin is super rude to the Novel Newcomers banner sometimes, and I don’t know why, so we’re just going to roll with it while pouting about #aesthetics.)
Today’s Novel Newcomer is Kelly, who blogs at From Belgium with Book Love, here to chat about books, magical portals… and more food. (I think everyone is learning I just like to talk about food all the time, not just eating it???)
What is Novel Newcomers?
Novel Newcomers is a feature based off features spotlighting debut authors, only with book bloggers! It all began in 2016 with Nori from ReadWriteLove28, started in 2017 but the feature took a back burner later that year and remained so in 2018.
This year, however, Novel Newcomers is back! Clo from Book Dragons and I will be featuring book bloggers who started in 2017 OR 2018 all throughout the year, so brace yourselves and let’s get started! 😁
Related: Meet Anthony from Keep Reading Forward!
Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Besides the obvious of spending time with family and friends, I also love traveling (although it’s been a while), photography, my cat, my cross-trainer and Netflix.
What is your most unusual accomplishment?
In 2014 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was 31 at the time and I could hardly walk, and that combined with the mental blow of finding out I was chronically ill and the course of my illness could in no way be predicted, well, it was a tough pill to swallow. Coming back from that, both physically and emotionally, is not that unusual, lots of people have no other choice but to do that, but I do consider it my most important accomplishment.
What is your favorite food?
Anything Italian really. From bruschetta to pizza and pasta to biscotti and limoncello, mine, all mine! I make a mean mushroom risotto too, I’m putting it on next week’s menu as we speak!
Now that we might have gotten you hungry, what are three books featuring a dish or cuisine you would like to try one day?
You HAVE made me hungry! This is a tough question though! I can only think of two:
- The Ruby Series by Virginia Andrews had me pining for gumbo back in the day. It’s some kind of Cajun stew that will probably be way too spicy for my tastes but one day I’ll try it.
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer talks of all kinds of pies and cakes and had me hungry and wanting for days!
You have to be careful with what you wish for though! A few years ago the TV show Dexter made me lust after key lime pie, but shortly after, I was in the Florida Keys and I actually tried it and I didn’t like it all.
A leprechaun is standing at the end of a rainbow with three published books from your wishlist. What do you hope those books will be?
Another tough one! At the moment I’d go for these. But ask me tomorrow and I might pick three different ones!
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 2 (I read Vol. 1 the other day, and I loved it so I’m dying to read Vol. 2)
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (I love the sound of the premise AND that cover! Insta-love!)
- Slayer by Kiersten White (I was a huge Buffy fan way back when, so this is at the top of the wishlist)
You’re given a magical portal that will transport you to three bookish worlds of your choice. Where would you want to go and why? Also, who is one fictional person you would like to meet from there?
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin: admittedly not the chillest of worlds, I’d probably last two seconds, but I would love to meet Daenerys, and more importantly: her dragons! So yeah, I’d go there just for the dragons.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I love that book, #sorrynotsorry, and I would love to meet Wanderer and have her tell me all sorts of stories about the other worlds she’s been.
The Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong: I would love to go to Rockton and meet everyone! Every quirky character, but especially Casey and her boyfriend and their dog. It just seems so peaceful there (you know, apart from a few murders).
What are three things you hope to learn from blogging in 2019?
Patience: yes people will respond, yes that publisher will react, yes that ARC / pre-ordered book will arrive!
Self-confidence/how to be zen: yes at least a few people are bound to read and like what you’ve written, maybe even comment!
Efficiency: I’m already quite the multitasker, but reading, writing and blog-hopping, I hope to do all those things much more efficiently one day. Whether that day will be in 2019 remains to be seen!