Hey guys, today I have an interview with Roberta for you all!
Roberta R. is a senior blogger with a penchant for YA books. Her love of music has landed her a job as a host for a local radio station. Her fancy for TV series, from police procedural to sci-fi to urban fantasy, causes her to experiment wild adventures with too many fictional characters in her night dreams. Her urge to spread the love for overlooked YA novels drove her to start her blog, Offbeat YA, in 2012.
Offbeat YA features refreshing books you don’t often see reviewed. Its aim is to give a spotlight to some less heeded, but often worthy novels – new and, well, newish. (Or even a little older, who cares?). Offbeat YA is the place for Afterlife, Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Multiverse, Thriller, Contemporary, and occasionally Adult Lit. (as long as it’s weird enough!) – with a whole section devoted to Mr. Christopher Pike!
Now, onto the questions!
1. What got you into reading in the first place?
I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t reading. My mom and grandma used to read to me, and I followed the pages hungrily. I knew how to read since I was four.
I will reply with my favourite YA title, since my blog specialises on teen reads. Remember Me by Christopher Pike was the book that reintroduced me to the genre (so to speak) as an adult, and will always hold a special place in my heart. Also, it was the first book I read to feature a dead character still walking the earth (though no one can see her) and investigating her own death. Upon reading this story, I realised I had a strong – and I swear, not morbid – penchant for dead characters in a book…
Talking about dead characters…or dead-but-not-dead ones…I’ve read Deadgirl by B.C. Johnson, and I’m really looking forward to its sequel. In the same vein, I suppose Shallow Graves by Kari Wallace…What can I say. I’m hopeless. *grins*
Hands down The Bad Rescue of Devon Streeter by the aforementioned B.C. Johnson. It’s self-published, but really good. A mix of genres that works wonderfully well, and most of all, two strong leads you won’t be able to help falling in love with…
5. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
I don’t do movies…TV series are my thing. I suppose I need to get familiar with the characters and have their story spanning over a certain period of time…or it’s just the different style of storytelling…
6. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
Epic Fail? LOL. Or The Professional Procrastinator? Or The Girl Who Always Said No…because I have a tendency of doing the opposite of what people try to talk me into doing…
7. Who's your favorite author?
In the YA field, Christopher Pike and B.C. Johnson (surprised? LOL. Which, if you haven’t heard of him yet, I strongly encourage you to look his books up…).
8. What's your favorite couple that you ship? (YES, they can be from different books, or even a TV character with a book character!)
Um…I don’t ship…I don’t want to sound like a snobbish grinch, but the fact is, I prefer my stories not to deal with romance, or to have just a small dose of it…
9. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
Like I said, movies are not my thing…Among the current shows, I’ll have to go with Supernatural. Though it left its best years behind at the end of Season 6…well, that’s my personal opinion, anyway. Feel free to hate me LOL.
10. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Blog, surf the net, listen to music and stres over a bunch of disparate things I should probably leave alone…
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions, Roberta!
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