Hey everyone!! I am here with an interview with the AMAZINGLY talented Melissa from The Reader and The Chef. Melissa is a huge part of the book community with many successful social media platforms. She is also one of the sweetest persons I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I just had to introduce her to all of you and have her answer some questions on the blog.
Here are the questions I asked along with Melissa’s answers:
When did you first start blogging?
I believe I started blogging back in 2013! I joined the book reviewing team of a website and it was both wonderful and nerve-racking since I wasn’t that good at writing back then. However, it was a fun experience & it led me to opening my own book blog where I could review books with my own style!
What inspires you to continue blogging?
Oh, so many things! The amazing friends I’ve made in this community who continue to inspire me, the wonderful books being published every week that need promoting (and love) and just, the sense to have a small corner of the internet world that is just yours to spread the bookish love. Book blogging is the best thing in my life and I can’t imagine being without it!
Do you have a favorite memory from being a blogger?
My favorite memory is becoming good friends with my favorite author. It’s something I never dreamed happening and I appreciate it so much. ♥
I’m also a huge fan of your Instagram. Do you have a favorite season for Bookstagram photos?
YES! My sister & I love Fall/Autumn season. We are highly anticipating for September to roll by so we can get out all the scarfs, warm drinks, and start baking all the fall season favorites! I cannot wait to eat more pumpkin pie & drink hot chocolate! Oh, and we are already collecting fall props for our photos LOL. SO EXCITED! Is it Fall yet???
What was The Chef’s favorite treat to make for your Instagram? *The Chef is Melissa’s sister who helps run the Instagram account*
The Unicorn cake! It was such a fun cake to bake & decorate (quite quickly too!) and everyone seemed to love it as well.
What has been your (The Reader’s) favorite treat The Chef has made?
Besides the Unicorn cake, a recent favorite was Harry Potter’s birthday cake! My sister made one last year and we just could NOT not have it again for Harry’s birthday this year. 😉
If you could have any future book release right now, which would it be?
Okay, here’s a really hard question. If you had to choose only one book boyfriend would you choose Ash from The Iron Fey Series or Tristan from The Malediction Trilogy? ((Both are her absolute FAVES))
First of all, I HATE YOU (not really, but still!!!!). Secondly, WHY MUST YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE? This is the hardest, most terrible question I have ever been asked and I just cannot choose. It’s impossible. I love both boys with all my heart for separate reasons and while I always say that Tristan is my favorite book boyfriend, Ash is just a hair’s breath away from being at the top. I seriously get jealous when someone tries to lay claim on them!!! However, I must grudgingly admit that while I might let some people love my Ash (from afar), Tristan is clearly OFF LIMITS so don’t get any funny ideas.
What’s one piece of advice you would give beginner bloggers?
I think the most important thing about blogging is finding & trusting your voice. Your voice is your style, how you interact with your followers. It’s the window to your blogging soul! Have fun developing it and instead of stressing about sounding cool or imitating a style (been there, done that) you’ll find yourself and accurately portray how passionate YOU are about blogging.
Finally, where can we find you on social media?
I’m EVERYWHERE. Haha just kidding, it’s still a work in progress. Besides my book blog, you can also find me at YA Books Central where I am the Instagram Manager & a staff reviewer, and at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers. I’m also a bookstagrammer at @thereaderandthechef and I also hang A LOT on Twitter as @MeliRobles.
Melissa is a YA book blogger, bookstagrammer, and a Slytherin living in Mexico. Her favorite genres are fantasy, contemporary, historical, and basically all things YA with a hint of romance. When she’s not reading, Melissa loves to sing out loud, eat sweets, and take lots of bookish photos. You can find her on her blog, The Reader and the Chef, on YA Books Central as the Instagram Manager, and contributing posts on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers.
Where to find Melissa:
Thank you so much Melissa for allowing me to interview you. I had a blast and loved reading your answers. Everyone, be sure and check out Melissa on her blog, Instagram, and on her other platforms. I hope you all enjoyed this interview and learning about another fellow blogger. If you enjoyed this let me know in the comments below 🙂 Have a great day!!