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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Interview/Giveaway: Kristin with Book Sniffers Anonymous

I interview a lot of authors, we all do.  And it is really a lot of fun, right?  But who is it behind those interviews?  You!!!  So now I want to interview you! This post will run every Thursday (give or take a day due to scheduling) as long as I have people who want to be interviewed!  Check out the tab up there in my tab index for this feature.  That's where you can check out past interviews and upcoming interviews!

Today I have Kristin from Book Sniffers Anonymous along with a $5 gift card prize!  Prize is international as long as you can accept a gift card from your choice of Amazon or B&N!

Kristinnnnnnnn, yoooooohoooooo!!!  Helloooooo, come on over!   How are you doing today?!
WOOOHOOO (≧∇≦)/ Thanks for having me, Liz. I'm excited to be stopping by. It's my first interview *blushes* It feels so

weird being on the other side.

So Kristin, you run Book Sniffers Anonymous.  How did you come up with this incredibly awesome name?
Well it wasn't my first choice to be honest. It all started at my last base (my husband's in the Marine Corp). There was a group of us wives who decided that we would keep in touch via a book club. We were tossing around names on what we could call our book club and came up with two possibilities. Well when we all separated, the book club fell through and when I decided to start the blog, the two names were already taken, so I just combined the two and voila! I'm really happy that it worked out this way because I couldn't imaging the blog being called anything else.

You have a really elegant design on your website!  Who designed it?
 Thank you, I will make sure to tell my co-blogger/best friend, Marissa that you said so. I wanted something lighter and more fun than what I initially threw together when I started the blog. Initially I wanted one of those cool avatars that everyone seems to have but the blog is called "anonymous" after all. So Marissa and I put our heads together and I sent a few sample photos to Marissa with what I wanted and she came up with the logo. She even incorporated my favorite color, lime green into it. The website itself was something that I threw together. It took me maybe a week or two of messing around with it until I got it to look the way I wanted it to. 

I see you also run a food blog.  How incredibly fun!!!  Can you tell us about that site?
Well Holy Cannoli Recipes started years ago when I was at my last base. Moving around a lot in the military 
forces you to start over and make new friends and I will admit that I'm a really shy person in real life. So I spent a lot of time at home trying new recipes and posting them on Facebook. Marissa suggested I create a blog to post my recipes on since my friends and family were asking for the recipes. (She actually made the button and header for HCR as well) The name actually is a childhood saying of mine. I got in a lot of trouble as a kid for saying things that I probably shouldn't have. So I learned to alter the "holy crap!" into "holy cannoli!" thus saving myself a scolding and a spanking from my parents. Don't ask me what made me think of this when I was trying to think up a name but it popped in my head and I went with it. 

And how in the world do you manage to run TWO blogs?  Do you have a clone?
 HaHa I wish! I will admit that since starting Book Sniffers Anonymous, Holy Cannoli Recipes has fallen to the wayside. I still do food/product reviews and post recipes but not nearly as often as I used to. It's kind of hard to want to spend all day in the kitchen making various recipes because not only are certain ingredients hard to find out here in the desert, so I don't really make crazy recipes anymore. Not to mention that when I come home from work, the last thing I want to do is hover over the stove, so I end up throwing something simple together like burgers or fried rice. Not anything really blog worthy. LoL

What would you do if print books ceased to exist?  Could you be happy with just ebooks that don’t usually smell?
You do know that brand new e-readers have a smell too? LoL No seriously they do! When I got my new e-reader a friend of mine asked if I had sniffed it yet and being who I am *challenge accepted* I sniffed it, and it had a smell! Now of course after a day it didn't have that new plasticy smell but I suppose I could always go to Barnes & Noble and ask to sniff the new Nooks. HaHa Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Do you have a favorite candy? (ok, I’m asking this because I’m totally munching on my favorite candy – candy corn – in January)
psssst. I have a cat names Snickers. (^_-)   If there is a Snickers bar in a 50ft radius, I will eat it. I love Snickers bars. 

I see in your about me section that you work in a National Park.  I swear, I am envying you more and more! How does a regular day go for you?
I'm kind of the front desk girl at the visitor center. I run the gift shop at headquarters (there are 3 other visitor centers for the park), so I sell merchandise but I also hand out maps for the park and give the visitors a game plan for their time out here, answer phone calls from visitors who are planning to come out and I get to harass the rangers all day. I get to not only meet a lot of people from all over the world like Germany, Scotland and Asia but I've come across a lot of people from my hometown in Syracuse, NY which is by far the coolest for me. I never thought that people from all over would flock to the desert but it's really surreal and the Joshua trees are something out of a Harry Potter book, so I totally see the appeal.

And what do you do when you aren’t blogging or parking….err, you know what I mean.
Parking... HaHa I like it! Honestly, that's kind of all I do. I'm either reading, blogging or I'm at work. I wish I could say that I do something cool on my days off but nope, you can more times than not find me reading.

If you were given a choice of Disney princesses to be, who would you choose – and why?
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Hm... as a kid I loved Pocahontas. I loved that movie so much as a kid that for my elementary school oral report I chose her. Little did I know that Disney had the story all wrong. I remember going all out and making a costume and preparing my speech with my grandfather. He quizzed me so that I would be prepared to answer questions and he asked "Where was Pocahontas born?" and my response was "Syracuse."  My mom still doesn't let me live that one down. 

Do you have any books that you constantly find yourself recommending?
 I recommend books based on the person but I have recommended books to family and friends and in most cases I just buy the books for them. LoL I guess I'm pushy like that. I bought my sister The Hunger Games last year for her birthday. She had no idea what it was about going into the story but she wound up loving them and my niece wound up reading them too. 

And what do you think is the best thing about blogging?
Chatting with with authors and other bloggers. The food blogging world has nothing on the book community. I've talked to more people in the year I've been book blogging than in the 4 yrs that I've had my food blog running. Never in a million years, had thought I'd talk to authors who's books I've read and own. 

Ok, that’s it!  Not too hard, right?  Thanks for coming by, it was fun to chat with you!
Nah... it was fun *wipes sweat off forehead* HaHa Thanks so much for having me. It really was a blast. 

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