Like many a book blogger, I wasn’t able to go to BEA this week. Instead, I’m participating in Armchair BEA, an idea some very creative and amazing people came up with on Twitter (the root of all such devilment). Well, go HERE for a great little explanation. There will be all kinds of awesome posts this week (here, there and everywhere) so you don’t need to feel left out either! There will even be a Twitter party on Thursday night and let me tell you, if it’s anything like the one we had last year, it will BE A BLAST!
Today, I was lucky enough to interview a new-to-me blogger, Aliska Babushka from over at All’s Fair in Love and War. Right away, I could see Alishka was going to be a kindred spirit. She has owls on her blog!
Alishka Babushka is such an interesting nickname. Tell us how you got it!
Well, during high school I was hardly ever home due to my ballet schedule. I also have the lucky fortune of being very different genetically than the rest of my family (they can all do the curl your tongue thing, I cannot). So, my mother started calling me her russian step-child of a daughter: Alishka Babushka. I realize babushka is grandmother in Russian, but my mom loves to rhyme, and that’s how my nickname was born.
Why did you start blogging? How long have you been doing it?
While at college at BYU I started reading The 100 Hour Board (theboard.byu.edu). Many of the “writers” had blogs and I just decided to start my own. It started out with a few lame posts just over 5 years ago.
Where did you get your blog title, “All’s Fair in Love and War?”
When I started my blog I was just a Freshman in college and I was dealing with all sorts of fun dating hoopah. I thought the title was fitting at the time. I’ve toyed with changing it, but nothing else seems to fit at this time.
What sort of books do you like to read?
I love reading. In fact, we would get punished for reading at my house! Usually because we hadn’t done our chores yet and the worst was when she would take away our books without putting a bookmark in them! But, back to the question at hand, books I like to read. I am currently in love with Urban Fantasy. It’s a recent discovery of mine and I’m enjoying the opportunity to milk up all the good stuff UF has to offer. I also love YA fiction and a little bit of romance here and there. It’s not very often that I find a book I don’t love, but it happens from time to time.
I was just recently introduced to Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Deanna Raybourn and Juliet Marillier. They are amazing. I grew up loving Mary Higgins Clark and Anne McCaffre.
Hmm… this is a hard question! I read so many books at a time and usually enjoy them all that I have a hard time picking. I think my favorite books are the ones that always seem to stay with me and that I can re-read over and over again. That being said my top few from that list would have to include: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, Beauty by Robin McKinley, and Expecting Adam by Martha Beck.
What part of BEA are you most excited about? Will you try to go another year?
I have a friend who is going and I’m just excited to hear all her stories about meeting authors. That would probably be the one thing I would want to do most, meet all the amazing people involved in the book world. I think I will try to go another year, but if not I’ll live vicariously through others.
Thank you Alishka, for those great answers! Be sure to check out my own interview, over at Kathleen’s blog Boarding in My Forties!