Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me! Book Faery Interviews Me!

*Contest is closed*

Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me! Ok, so enough of that. This is going to be very strange, and very backwards for me. I asked Tori aka Book Faery if she would interview me for my bday post. We made it a little more fun and did it as a Google Chat! So, here you go everyone, learn more about NRSVampChick, LOL me!

Tori: HAPPY BIRTHDAY lady! As the dutiful little interviewer that I am, I found it necessary to start snoopin--ahem... searching for any juicy bits of information about you. You, my dear, have zilch for your readers up on your blog. So, I'm going to go with a twist to the first question I ask all authors who stop by Book Faery: what are 5 things that we, as readers, don't know about you?

Amanda: LOL Yes, I've been informed that I have been the secretive one... Hmm, five things. I'm a horribly picky eater, my room is pink even though I hate pink, I used to play D&D, I keep a poetry book, and I love RPG video games.

Tori: A picky eater, huh? So am I. Anything super chewy and/or slimy grosses me out. Do you hate tomatoes? They scare me... kind of... but in a non-threatening scary-type of way. Okay maybe I should just say that they gross me out because they have about five different textures to them.

Amanda: Yeah, tomatoes are nasty, but I love tomato products.

Tori: Anywhoo... what kind of RPG games are you into? (because I now think that you've just moved up 5 notches on my awesome scale)

Amanda: I love all the Final Fantasy games that I've played, but my all time favorite RPG will forever be Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo!

Tori: I knew there was a reason why we got along so well! I was a playstation girl, growing up. Final Fantasy was my crack, and I just have to say that FF8 definitely turned me into a romance junkie LOL

Amanda: LOL That's awesome! I still have that!

Tori: Which was your favorite out of them all, and why?

Amanda: I think FF7 was my favorite. Overall the story, the ending, and the characters all came together really well. Some of the other ones were just a good story but had a weird ending or good characters but not a great story.

Tori: So let's move on to your blog, miss vampire chick. How exactly did you come up with the title "Not Really Southern Vamp Chick?"

Amanda: Well, when I started the blog, I wasn't sure what I wanted it to be, but vampires are my favorite paranormal beings, so that part fell into place right way. As for the other part two things brought that about. I have family that lives farther north than me that for some reason seems to think they're more southern than me (b/c I don't have an accent?), and people around here are sometimes a little confused by me. My interests and personality don't always totally fit right in. It doesn't bother be though. I'm just unique! ;)

Tori: Where is "around here?"

Amanda: Tennessee

Tori: *cough* come visit NY *cough* So what is it about vampires that appeals to you?

Amanda: LMAO I'd love to visit NY!

Tori: I think BEA is calling for you. It's saying Amandaaa come and visit meee I have lots of awesome books for youuu

Amanda: I wish I could come to BEA! It sounds like such a wonderful time!! Let's see, vampires have always fascinated me. Ever since I was a little girl. I don't even remember what started it. I love the danger, immortality, sexuality, everything.

Tori: I was the same way. Vampires used to be my absolute favorite too, but I found that as a bunch of Americans started growing more and more obsessed with them, that my interests started migrating to their furry rivals. Did you find yourself ever growing weary of vampires since Twilight came out? Do you think that Meyer's series transformed vampires from that darkly seductive creature of the dark into wimpy little glow sticks in the sun?

Amanda: I honestly don't know if it's possible for me to get tired of vampires. Though I do love all different types of paranormal beings especially shifters. I appreciate Meyer's take on them. I think there's plenty of room for different views on vampires. Some people can have their friendly sparkly ones and others can still find their dark sensual ones. There're lots of paranormal fans, so I don't see why it has to be one way or the other.

Tori: What's your all time favorite vampire book?

Amanda: Ack! I hate picking favorites I can never choose.... I'm so indecisive. Today I'm going to go with the Night Huntress series because I love me some Bones, but tomorrow it could be something completely different.

Tori: Hehe, I think I've fallen in love with Wraith from Larissa Ione's Demonica series. Then again, I think I also have about 10 other vampire books I adore also, so I'm the same way.

Amanda: I haven't read the Demonica series yet, but I intend to soon.

Tori: Let's backtrack a bit... What made you decide to read and blog about PNR and Urban Fantasy over any other genre of books? For me, I grew up watching old school horror flicks like Dracula with my parents, so the supernatural has always held a special place in my heart. Reading Anne Bishop's Black Jewel Trilogy (a dark fantasy book) is what started my reading craze. It was then, as I searched for new books, that I realized that there were so many genres dedicated to the paranormal. Was there one particular book for you that ultimately persuaded you into diving into this area of blogging, or something else?

Amanda: Well, I've always loved anything paranormal, like I said I've loved vampires as long as I can remember. I've read fantasy books since I was a kid. My brother got me started reading the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings. My mom got me to read Harry Potter. Then she saw something about the Twilight saga saying it was like Harry Potter w/ vampires, and picked it up right away for me. From there I branched out into more YA paranormal books and finally to Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Then I found some places I liked online for recommendations of books and contests and met some great people to discuss books with, and ended up starting my blog.

Tori: Yep, I think that's one of the top reasons for book bloggers: it's a great medium to discuss the books you love with other fans. Have you found that since you've started blogging you interact with authors a lot more?

Amanda: I interact with authors way more since I’ve started blogging. I really didn’t much before. Well, I would a little online on review sites when they’d have author interviews or something, but that was about it.

If you only had twenty dollars in your pocket, what would you buy? gas, a book, and coffee
Coffee or Mountain Dew? *cackles* Ah Coffee. no Mountain Dew. No Coffee. Crap.
Cookies or Brownies? Brownies!
Day or Night? night
Summer or Winter? summer
Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy? Urban Fantasy… I think.


So there you have it folks! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me, and Tori LOL, a bit better. Please don’t stop reading my blog now that I’m not all shrouded in mystery! Oh, one more thing before I get to the giveaway…


Yep that’s me! NRSVampChick at a previous bday celebration!

On to the Giveaway! Want to know what all you can win today?

~1 US/Canadian winner will receive a signed copy of Shadows of Myth and Legend by E.J. Stevens and swag pack

~1 US/Canadian winner will receive a personalized to Amanda copy of Demonkeepers by Jessica Andersen (I have 2 & only need 1)

~1 International winner will receive a copy of a book of choice (up to $15 in value from the Book Depository or an ebook if you prefer) by any of the authors that have appeared this week! Those are Laura Stamps, Michele Hauf, O.M. Grey, Keta Diablo, Nancy Holzner, and Carolyn Crane!

I guess it depends on your book choice on whether or not this will require an 18 and up age. Most books will though. lol You must be a follower. If you have any other questions see the rules. This and all other giveaways in my bday bash end May 31st. Fill out the FORM to enter.

You are not required to comment this time, but you MIGHT want to do so if you stop by today, May 13th! *wink wink*

*Contest is closed*


Rae Reads said...

Happy birthday!!!

Beth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a great day!

What an awesome interview! lol, loved that you used Google chat!

lol@the tomato conversation *snort*

It was fun to find out what made you choose the blog's name. I've been wondering for a while. If I'm truthful, I thought it had something to do with the Sookie books until I read that it wasn't the reason.

The Demonica series is fantastic! I'm torn between Eidolon & Shade, can't make my mind up. But they are a great read!

Great post! Really enjoyed reading! Purdy picture (that sounds really creepy right? lol), I'm still debating if the world needs to see my mug on my blog, I'm actually a little scared.

Okay, enough rambling from me tonight! Hope you have a great day! :D

ReadingRainbow said...

Happy happy b-day!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Happy, happy Birthday Amanda!!!

Fantastic video, laughed so much, it's clear how much you 2 enjoyed yourselves when making it :-D

I always love getting to know more about the person behind the blog, so it was great finally getting to know some personal tidbits about you! (Thanks for explaining your blog anme choice, I also thought it was a reference to the Sookie Stackhouse series) And thanks for the photo! Always nice to be able to put faces to the names, and not just cartoon avatars! ;-)

Hope you have a great day, enjoy! 25 is a big deal, and I'm sure you'll have anm awesome year! (I'm almost at the end of my 25th year.., had a blast though! ;-) )

So, do whatever you want, enjoy yourself and make the most of your day!! woohoo!!

:-) Stella

Sullivan McPig said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

ps: not fantastic video, but interview! don't know what I was thinking about.. :-)

Emmagan said...

Happy Birthday!!

Have a Great day! :)

Andrea Becraft said...

Happy Birthday! Hope all your birthday wishes come true!

Moonsanity said...

You are so stinkin' pretty...but I still like you:) Happy Birthday! I loved the interview. I see you picked Night Huntress as your favorite book--heck yes! We Bones is the best:)

mbreakfield said...

Happy Birthday! I know a lot of people, who hate tomatoes but love tomato products.

mountie9 said...

Happy Birthday

Fun interview -- your tweets between each other make me laugh - as for tomatoes they make my 8 yr old gag and since Ketchup is made from them -- he won't touch the stuff!

Natasha A. said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a fantastic day and this was a great interview!!
I play D&D still! My fav character I have played was a were-spider! She was awesomesauce!

Christa said...

Happy Birthday. : )

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Happy Happy Day! Oh and you should treat yourself to the Demonica Series for your special day... those hunks sure do give ME special feelings!

Robin K said...

Awesome getting to know you a bit better! Have a fabulous birthday!

Carolyn Crane said...

I'm not entering, but hey, happy Birthday!

Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Happy Birthday Amanda! Great post! Well you always have pretty good posts:) I love vamps for the same reasons. Nice! Well I hope you have a fab day and you get tons and tons of gifts!:) Aww nice pic too! Talk to you later:)


Amanda Leigh said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone! I really appreciate it! You all ROCK!

@Beth- Yeah, I figured everyone would associate the name to the Sookie series, which was why people hadn't been asking me about it until recently. But nope. :) LMAO I say purdy too every now and then. SHH don't tell anyone. lol

@Stella- Thanks and glad you liked it! I figured it was a good time for everyone to meet the person behind NRSVampChick. ;)

@Moonsanity- LOL Thank you! And yay for Bones!

@mbreakfield- I don't know what I would do w/out tomato products.

@mountie9- Somehow get him to eat ketchup sometime. It'll make all the difference.

@Natasha- Yay for D&D!

@Sweet Vernal Zephyr- I might just do that...

@Carolyn Crane- Thanks again!

@Paper Cut Reviewer- Glad you liked it all! :D

GABY said...

Happy B-Day!!!!!!

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...


lOl, Have a great day!

Julie said...

Hope you have a super happy birthday :) You're extra cool in my book since you have a 13th birthday date like me.

Tori [Book Faery] said...


And your picture is very beautiful!

I'm sure BIGX5L will instantly proclaim his love for you. World domination HERE WE COME (because I have assigned myself the position of personal assistant)

I'm kidding.


Okay maybe I'm half kidding.

Happy birthday Amanda, I hope you have a wonderful day full of lotsa laughs. I'm so glad we've become friends, you're a wonderful person. It's always a highlight to joke around on Twitter at the end of a long day ;)

CrystalGB said...

Happy Birthday Amanda! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Happy birthday!!! What fun this was to get to learn all about YOU!!! It was great getting to know you better, and I hope you have the greatest birthday! May your "darkest" dreams come true... Theresa :)

Michikit said...

Oh snap!!! I wanted to sing too. Anyway: Happy Birthday and I wish you to receive lots and lots of presents and have fun. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you...

MissBohemia said...

Happy Birthday Amanda,

Hope your enjoying it & getting lots of wonderful presents!

Nice to learn more about you & your love of vampires & put a face to the name!

Lovin your blog & features including this one by Tori the Book Faery!

Have a great birthday

Jennifer (Miss Bohemia)

p.s. let me know if what the psychic said comes true :-)

Giada M said...

Happy B-day!^O^ Great interview!:)

elaing8 said...

Happy Birthday Amanda..I hope you have a fantastic day!!!!

Nastassia said...

Loved this interview. Hope you are enjoying your birthday. You're such coffee lover ;D

Amanda Leigh said...

Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! I <3 you all!!

@YzhaBella- LOL Thanks for the song!

@Julie- Yay for us 13th babies!

@Tori- Aw, thank you that's sweet! LMAO Oh goodness, me ruling the world, let's hope not. Scarey thought. LOL I'm glad we've become friends too! Our twitter convos are a blast!! :D

@Faerie Moon Creations- Thanks Theresa! Thanks for participating in my bday bash! It's been a blast!

@michikit- LOL Thanks. And sing away!

@MissBohemia- Thanks Jen! Thanks for participating in the week too & wishing me happy birthday tons of times! :) Glad you're liking everything!

Natasha said...

Happy Birthday!!! My champagne birthday is the 21st of this month.. I'm pretty excited. hehe

I also wanted to let you know I have a Award for you at my blog...


Anonymous said...

lol, two interviews in one! And I totally assumed the title of the blog had something to do with Sookie Stakhouse!xD

Great birthday bash! I love how much you interact with your followers, makes me want to keep coming back.

Any-who, Happy Birthday!

Onge said...

Happy Birthday!!

E.J. Stevens said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a magic filled day!


Heather (DarklyReading) said...

Happy B-day! I am a Bones lover too! He is probably one of my favorite vamps as well..though Wraith is pretty hot too..and Zadist from BDB.. so many good choices ;)

Amanda Leigh said...

@Natasha- Thanks!I hope you have a fabulous birthday! Thanks for the award!

@Jen- I think most people thought that, but nope. :) And I'm so glad you want to keep coming back!

@E.J.- Thanks for the prize donations!! I really appreciate it!

@Heather- Thanks! Yay for Bones! I need to read about this Wraith... I've only read the first BDB book and already know I'm going to love Zadist...must get other books!

Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! You've made this so awesome!

Lanae T. said...

Happy birthday to you!!!!!!!!!

SiNn said...

Happy Birthday!! its still the 13th here in Missouri so happy Birthday to you

what a cool giveaway

and justs o all of u aweosme other bloggers who ever wins sshadow of myth and legend is in for a treat its an awesome book

mariska said...

Happy Birthday to you :) now i can see you ^_^ v

Cecile said...

Happy Birthday and I hope you had a great one!!!!! yayay for bday!!!!

Oh and you are so precious!!!! Happy Birthday!!

jellybelly82158 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!Hope you had a great one

Amanda Leigh said...

Thanks for all the bday wishes!

@SiNn- You made it before midnight here too! lol

@mariska- LOL yep

@Cecile- Thanks I did! And lol thank you!

@jellybelly- I did!

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

Oh noes, I missed your birthday!!!! :( But you get extra special wishes from me because I was late (dang being out of town, hahaha!). Greta interview and fab pic - you look awesome!

:) Hope you had a good one!

All the way from Australia,
Emma :)

YA Vampire Books said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a great day! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Sorry I'm a little late to the party. I've been under the weather here. But, maybe I should have stopped by for a shot or two to help. ;) BUT, to the big news! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Amanda Leigh said...

@Emma Kate- Thanks for the birthday wishes! Glad you liked the interview!

@YA Vampire Books- Thanks I did!

@Melissa- Aw, I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope you're doing better! Thank you!

The Bookish Type said...

Well I fell AWFUL for missing your bday! Idk how that happened! I'm sorry =( Happy belated birthday girl! This was a great interview =) I totally sympathize on the not-really-southern thing. I'm technically southern, but I don't have an accent and I kind of stick out like a sore thumb when I'm back home lol. You're right - you're just unique and special!! =)

Amanda Leigh said...

@The Bookish Type- It's quite alright! I had a fun bday, and all kinds of fun w/ my bday bash, which runs until the 31st. So you may have missed my bday, but you made it to the party! LOL Awesome there's another not-really-southern person like me! LMAO :)

Aria said...

I am so late on this!!! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY< LADY!!

Yep, I think that picture makes you a cutie pie (hmm, Tori's friend may really find ya!!)

You ladies are fab-u-lous...

Even if you don't like tomatoes.

The Book Vixen said...

Fun interview! I, too, am a very picky eater. Bet I can beat you!

The Night Huntress is one of my favorite vamp series too. Good taste you got :)

Amanda Leigh said...

@Ari- Thanks lady! Sorry I don't like tomatoes lol.

@The Book Vixen- I'm not near as picky as I used to be, but I'm still worse than most people. Thanks!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday! :)

Tori [Book Faery] said...

@Ari: "Tori's friend" I RESENT THAT! Just because I have the misfortune of being Twitter followed by weirdos does not make them my friend >:( You better watch out, otherwise I'll stick him on you! hehe


Book Sake said...

Happy end-of-your-birthday-month!!!
- Jessica @ BookSake.