You can probably tell a lot about me by viewing my first blog post. I like to think I give a little bit of myself away in every post I make, sharing my passion and excitement towards children’s literature.
I am the sole writer of this blog and set it up as a place to record and share with you some great books. The internet is a fantastic place to do this and anything beats the countless pieces of paper I had in my bag with numerous ISBN’s on them.
I currently have my fingers in many pies. I am a part-time publicist which I love and I also love to bake professionally and for fun. I’d love to venture further into this and every Christmas, I have big plans with gingerbread houses (A Christmas passion of mine).
Books are an integral part of our life both in learning, sustaining and remembering. I love books and through working as a bookseller I can see the importance of them. I recognise the importance for publishing to evolve as new developments are creating obstacles and opportunities but I also believe the power of the written word on a tangible piece of paper and if we can find a balance between the two, then there is great hope for the publishing industry.
To me, nothing beats having bookshelves stuffed with books so much so that the shelf is bowing under pressure. I have books in the bathroom, books piled high on the floor in all the rooms and to me there is nothing more beautiful. I love nostalgia, whimsy and escapism and if you can get the feeling of just one of these from a children’s book, you’ve got yourself a keeper. A book shouldn’t be just about bounded piece of paper that you read from front to back. It should be an investment- something you look forward to as a publication date looms, something you relish whilst reading until before you know it, it’s finished. Most importantly, a book should stay with you and you should want to go back to it.
I truly hope you like this blog because now more than ever we should recognise the importance of the book community from the reader to the author.
And one more thing, I am a cookbook collector (some may say hoarder). As of September 2012 I have 190 cookbooks. And rising. Not a patch on Nigella’s 4000 though.