One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.
So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!
If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!
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This week’s blogger is ME!
I realized that the most logical thing for me to do is to feature myself as the first ever Blogger Spotlight but I didn’t do that. Then I realized I didn’t have anyone to feature today because I’ve been busy and I’m sure the bloggers I’ve sent the interview to are busy, and well, now I’m the featured blogger!
Me in my Ravenclaw get-up before WonderCon 2013
A Little Bit about Myself
Well, I’m 25 years old, and I am currently going to Cal State University, Fullerton, working on my BA in history. My real passion though is reading and writing, and this blog. My goal is to make a career out of writing, somehow, though I wish to write young adult and new adult fiction. I live at home with my dad, my nana, my uncle, my three brothers and my two sisters. I have two dogs named Scout and Sabet and I’ve been with my boyfriend Jon (who I am sure you alllll know about because I talk about him so much) for nearly six years now. I spend most of my days reading, writing or working on this blog, and watching lots of movies, tv shows and Netflix, and a lot of time with my boyfriend. Some of my favorite things to do besides all that is to go meet authors. I am constantly looking for author events!
About My Blog
Well, if you’re reading this, you know about this blog. This blog is NOT a fansite, its not here to bring you news, though sometimes I do report news. This blog is about fan opinions, fan reviews and fan experiences. Its a place where I can come to share about all the things I’m passionate about. Besides just my Blogger Spotlight, I do Book of the Week posts, as well as other book reviews, movie reviews, I do Tuesday Top Tens where I talk about my favorite things. I do event recaps of the amazing things I get to experience. My life is wrapped around the book and fandom world and I love being able to share how passionate I am and how happy I am with all of you!
Myself with Stephen Chbosky, the author, screenwriter and director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
My Inspiration for My Blog
There were two different inspirations for my blog. One comes from my friend Jackie who runs the blog, Seeking Bazinga. I had just met her and she was SOOO super awesome and I loved reading her blog. I thought, I could totally do something like that. I never realized that I could write about those sort of things and that people would actually read them!
Then, at the same time, I was taking a children’s literature class (that also had a heavy focus on young adult lit as well), and we had to do all these journals. They were all these kind of opinionated ones, about observing bookstores and what books would you recommended and I just felt like I enjoyed it a lot. I thought, maybe I could write about these sort of things on my blog, and thus What A Nerd GIrl Says was born.
My Favorite Nerd Memories:
I feel like I’ve been so incredibly lucky. I’ve been able to meet some of my favorite authors like Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson, Veronica Roth, and so many, many more.
I think my three favorite memories are: the first time meeting Meg Cabot, because she is one of my biggest influences at an author, meeting Cassandra Clare for the second time and being able to interview her (which you can see here) and the City of Bones Los Angeles premiere. I had been dreaming and hoping for the best when it came to City of Bones and the premiere and it was the most amazing experience that I’ve ever had and it blew my mind away, at how extremely happy I was, meeting all the stars.
What I am Most Looking Forward To:
As far as books go, I am seriously looking forward to Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire, Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Just One Year by Gayle Forman, Unsouled by Neal Shusterman, The Shadowhunter Codex by Cassie Clare, Champion by Marie Lu, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, Unforgotten by Jessica Brody, Just One Year from Gayle Forman and so so so so many more. I’m a book addict.
As far as movies, I can’t wait to see Catching Fire, The Desolation of Smaug, Vampire Academy, Ender’s Game, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and so many more.
I can’t wait for Gallifrey One 2014, WonderCon 2014 and more!
My Favorite Books and Authors:
I really enjoy reading mostly young adult literature, of the fantasy genre, but I like contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, and dystopian. I also like adult novels as well. Some of my favorite authors include: J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Cinda Williams Chima, Tamora Pierce, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Morgan Matson, Sarah Dessen, Marie Lu and so so so many more.
My Favorite Blogs To Follow:
My Fictional Crushes:
Jace Wayland Morgenstern Herondale Lightwood and Alec Lightwood from TMI, Will Herondale from TID, Han Solo from Star Wars, Sirius Black from Harry Potter, The Doctor from Doctor Who, Han Alister from the Seven Realms Series, Tony Stark from Ironman, Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock, Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, Michael Moscovitz from Princess Diaries. Since I like girls as well, my girl crushes are Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries, Isabelle Lightwood from TMI, Tessa Gray from TID, and Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy.
Myself and Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Jace Wayland, at the Los Angeles Premiere of City of Bones!
What is one book that you can honestly say has changed your life? And why?
Oh that’s hard because it seems like there are many that did so. I would definitely say, easily, Harry Potter. Harry Potter did SO much for me. I discovered the book series when I was 10 years old and followed it all the way until the last book came out when I was 19. It changed my life, and continues to change my life every day. It was an escape for me when my parents fought, when I had to step in almost like a third parent, when I moved away to a new school where no one knew me or liked me, when I was bullied, when I was broken hearted, all of that. Without those books, I’m not sure who I would be. They also taught me to expand my imagination, to be a better writer, so many things.
If you could be a book character, who would you choose to be, and why?
There are three different characters I really wish I could be. One is Hermione Granger, because she is exactly who I sometimes wish I could be. She’s super intelligent, witty, loyal, brave, and pretty. She’s perfect. She’s almost too perfect which is why she’s totally not my favorite character in the series haha but I would totally LOVE to be her. I also wish I could be Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments. She’s a Shadowhunter, which is equal to be desire to be a wizard or a Jedi, and she gets Jace! And she’s got beautiful red hair, and she’s talented and brave, and yeah. Lastly, I would want to be Princess Leia, because I’ve wanted to be her since I was about five years because she is the toughest female character ever.
My boyfriend and I in front of the Bluth Banana Stand, from Arrested Development!
What’s the most rewarding part of being a blogger and what motivates you to continue what you’re doing?
The most rewarding part is being able to create this community of people who all enjoy the same things. I love being able to meet and talk to you all about books and movies and TV shows and books and books and books. I love knowing that we are there for each other to talk about these things. Its just awesome. That is part of my motivation to continue writing it. But I also continue to write it because I love it. I love writing this blog, and I love making books and my nerd life known to all and showing my passion for it.
If you could marry any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Oh god. Jace Lightwood. Hands down. Han Solo comes in a close second. If I was being entirely realistic though, it would be Michael Moscovitz from Princess Diaries because he reminds me SO much of my boyfriend. He was my first fictional crush and apparently I used that subconsciously to find a boyfriend haha.
What was it like meeting The Mortal Instruments cast?
It was incredible. When I met Jamie, Kevin and Lily back in March, at WonderCon, I think I was a lot more calm because it just didn’t seem real yet. I had just seen the very first full length trailer and I was really excited but I don’t think I really fully grasped that one of my favorite books was coming to the big screen. At the premiere though, I had slept in a chair on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles overnight, and I was exhausted but running on excitement and adrenaline and I was meeting people that I had been dying to meet, like Robbie Sheehan and Aidan Turner and Godfrey Gao. And meeting Kevin, Lily and Jamie again was amazing. It was an experience I definitely will never forget.
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I hope you all enjoyed getting to know me a little better! It was kind of fun answering those!