BBAW Interview: Meghan from Medieval Bookworm

13th September 2011

Today, as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW), participating bloggers were paired up to do interviews of one another. This is a really great way to learn new-to-you bloggers, so I urge you to head over to the main site to check out all the links.

My interview partner is Meghan from Medieval Bookworm, an American living as a Brit with her husband. I was so excited to find out she was my interviewee because when I first started blogging, she was one of the first blogs I came across. I very rarely commented, but I always loved her take on books. Meghan mostly reads and reviews historical fiction, but she has a wide variety of tastes, and if you check out her blog, you’ll see a romance novel, historical fiction, and sci-fi all on the front page of her blog.

She and I decided we were tired of the more traditional interview techniques, so we are taking a page from Pop Culture Nerd and the ever-popular My Life as a Book meme to answer our questions. For each question, we had to come up with a book title to accurately describe our answer. It was so fun, and I’m so glad she was up for something different. Enjoy, and check out her blog!

1. You were voted 2010 Best Historical Fiction blog. How would you describe that experience?

I’d say I’M FEELING LUCKY (Douglas Edwards) – there are so many great blogs out there now that it’s incredible to still be nominated!

2. What, other than reading and blogging, are some of your favorite things to do?

AT HOME (Bill Bryson) I like to study THE DISTANT HOURS (Kate Morton) – in other words, history! I like to watch TV about history, go to
local events and visit historic buildings (as well as, obviously, read about it).

3. So – since you are a historical fiction blogger/reader, in which period of history do you think you’d like to live?

I can tell you that I would certainly need THE TIME TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND (Ian Mortimer) although I think I’d rather visit and not actually live there!

4. If you had to choose one book that is representative of your blog, which would it be?

I think the book that actually comes closest, although it’s not medieval, is THE MAGICIANS AND MRS QUENT (Galen Beckett). It’s set in
a previous time period with fantasy and romance, plus it’s basically an homage to some of my favorite classic novels. It would be perfect
if it was set in the Middle Ages!

5. Describe your process for sitting down and writing a book review.

I think FAR TO GO (Alison Pick) is appropriate here – every time I sit down to write there are always many book reviews awaiting my
attention! Once I get started, though, it’s HUSH, HUSH (Becca Fitzpatrick) – I need all the peace I can get.

6. What has blogging/your blogging friends taught you?

THINKING ABOUT ALMOST EVERYTHING (Ash Amin) to do with books is definitely worth my time!

Bonus: What do you REALLY think of Jenn since she made you answer these questions ONLY with book titles? (No worries. Threats will not be reported to authorities.)

She’s CRUEL AS THE GRAVE (Sharon Kay Penman) … except not really! It’s been fun, and a great twist on normal interviews.

Meghan – Thank you so much! I love your answers, and I will definitely look up The Magicians and Mrs. Quent. This has been so much fun.

P.S. Isn’t Meghan’s answer to the bonus question great? I love bloggers with a good sense of humor… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Meghan is one of my must read blogs! Loved the answer to the bonus question. Clever, but also referencing an awesome author!

    Fun way to answer the interview questions!

    • Thanks, Marg. It was definitely fun, and I’m so glad Meghan wanted to go the non-traditional route as well.

  • Meghan’s last answer made me laugh out loud! Great interviews. Meghan is one of my core blogging buddies.

    • I know, right? So funny!

  • Meghan’s one of my favorite bloggers out there!

  • Amy

    Meghan’s answers to the questions are terrific and so funny. I love her use of Hush Hush while writing reviews and her answer to the bonus question cracked me up too…Cruel as the Grave.

    Thank you for making this fun and entertaining. I love the interviews but after reading many. many of them in a row, the words start to swim together!

    • They really do start blending in. Glad this stood out a bit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • I love this clever format! Nice to “meet” Meghan.

    • Thanks! I can’t lay claim to it, but it was pretty fun.

  • This is what I love about Meghan: a reference to The Magicians and Mrs Quent (which I will get to someday) and Hush, Hush in the same interview. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great job, you two!

    • Thanks, Tasha! It was really fun, and yeah – I got some great books out of it, too.

  • Anonymous

    I love what you did with this interview! There are quite a few clever interviews out there. Everyone did such a great job. Loved the answers, especially to the bonus and #6!

    • Thanks Lu! (I call you that all over the Internet. Is that your nickname? Or did I just imagine that from something?)

      I had a great time looking at all the interviews yesterday.

  • Fantastic interview — I would have sweated as I’m never so clever or funny. Loved this — brava!

    • Thanks! It was pretty darn fun.