Novel Newcomers: Interviews with Tanaz and MC

Posted May 2, 2016 by Sophia

Hey everyone and happy May!

It’s a little scary how time is going by so fast – Lupe and I are graduating high school in just a few weeks. Of course, we’ve lost motivation to do anything, but NN for me is important, so here I am. Plus, I’m not that mean enough to make Nori do all the work simply because I don’t feel like it (because I did “drag” her into this after all).

Anyways, that aside, today we have MC from Blame It On the Books and Tanaz from Bookish Freaks! (Both of them are lovely people, even though I’ve recently just met them.)

Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
MC: Umm…gazing longingly at books? In all honesty, reading and blogging are my biggest hobbies outside of work, which is tied into my other big hobby. I’m a professional ballroom dancer, so dance is obviously something that is really important to me, too! (But I get paid to do it!)

Tanaz: Writing, dancing in the rain, and stealing flowers from my neighbor’s gardens. I am just a leeetle bit unusual as you can see. No worries. There’s no such thing as normal, as I like to say. 🙂

What is your most unusual accomplishment?
MC: I definitely don’t consider this an accomplishment, but I am well known for my ability to get hurt while barely moving. I sprained my ankle once while standing completely still. I hurt myself all the time without actually doing anything….not something to be proud of, but it’s what I’m known for!

Tanaz: My most unusual accomplishment would be when one of my graphics–a quote illustration from the YA Fantasy Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz–was picked by the author and turned into book swag! I was incredibly honored and most certainly did not see it coming.

What is your favorite food?
MC: Ice cream! Or chocolate! Or cookies! I like junk food……. And so does everyone else. Chocolate for the win, though. 😉

Tanaz: I really, really love eating so choosing my favorite food is like choosing my favorite book characters and we all know that feels like choosing your favorite kid. YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT! Though if I really had to pick one I’d say anything that is smothered in cheese.

In the short time you’ve been blogging, have you encountered any hilarious bloopers you’ve committed? (It’s okay. It happens.)
MC: I still laugh about this one….I had met and chatted with a lovely author on Twitter for months before I embarrassed myself tremendously. See, somehow, I missed the fact that she was an author – just thought she was another blogger. So I recommended a book to her one day, saying “Oh, you’ll really love this one if you like sci-fi, I’m not sure what you like to read,” and she goes, “Um, I WRITE sci-fi.” Oops. We laughed and we have formed a lovely friendship since then, but I still get a little mortified when I think of that moment.

Tanaz: I kinda wish I did so that I can look back and laugh about it! But no, not really.

Let’s spread some blogger love! Name three bloggers you don’t know who are participating in Novel Newcomers and give them a compliment.
MC: Sarah and Gab at Girl Plus Book and Emily at Emily Reads Everything! When I first started blogging, these ladies seemed like veterans and role models to me, and I couldn’t believe that they had been blogging less than a year! Their blogging prowess blows me away! (I have to admit, I have become friends with Emily, so she doesn’t really count as someone I don’t know, but I love her to death!)

I also want to shout out Paloma at Pages and Pineapples. We have interacted a tiny bit on Twitter and she seems so lovely. It would be great to get to know her better!

Tanaz: Oh that’s tough! There’s the lovely and talented Regina from SheLatitude, the super genius CW from Read, Think, Ponder and of course Queen of Sass Lydia from 22 Is Still Young Adult.

What are some of your favorite retellings? Any retellings you would love to see in the future?
MC: Like so many others, I love the Lunar Chronicles. They are fantastic retellings and so much fun. I know there have been a bunch of Aladdin retellings coming out recently, but I haven’t read any of them yet. That’s something I would definitely like to check out.

Tanaz: As far as retellings go, The Lunar Chronicles is the best one I have read so far (admittedly there are many more retellings that I have yet to read). And yes I would love to see a retelling that is based on some of Hans Christen Anderson’s stories such as The Eleven Swans. That would make a beautiful story!

Okay, now I feel bad for not getting around to The Lunar Chronicles… even though I have the first book in my room right now.

Although the year is still a little young, what are some of your top reads this year?
MC: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I also really enjoyed Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I’m searching for my next five star read right now! Haven’t had one in a while! Neither have I, to be honest. I think my last one was back in February.

Tanaz: That’s quite easy actually. There’s Red Queen and its sequel Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I know I have read other amazing books too this year like These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly but Red Queen and Glass Sword is at #1 on my list right now. I agree! Red Queen is phenomenal. I’ve yet to read Glass Sword, though.

You can find MC on Blame It On the Books, Twitter (@blamethebooks), Instagram (@blamethebooks) and Goodreads.
You can find Tanaz over at Bookish Freaks, Twitter (@TanazMasaba), Instagram (@TanazMasaba) and Goodreads.

Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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