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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?"
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*
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