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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!


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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
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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 
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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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43 comments:

  1. Ha..what a fun interview and I love Book Sniffers. I love that you named your cat snickers and I have the Nook Tablet but yeah.. the new HD ones smell awfully nice!

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  2. Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Kristin on the new release!

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  3. Aw, I loved Pochahontas the most too as a kid :)
    also, I'd love to see the B&N employee's reaction if you asked to sniff their Nooks :P

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  4. I almost pee'd myself when I thought of going into B&N and sniffing their ereaders. I did however go smell my Kindle (which is a year old) and now know that it smells like my dog's breath. Yes, he likes to lay in bed with me when I read and licks the screen. Don't ask! Great interview. Your job at the park sounds amazing.

    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo.com

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  5. Aw thanks, Kimba! I have the Nook touch altho I will have to sneak a sniff of an HD one.

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  6. HaHa they'd probably call security to escort the loon out of the store.

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  7. My cats will rub their cheeks against the corners and Snickers has tried licking it but I'm too quick for her to get a lick in.

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  8. Awww...Yay! I love that you got to be on the other side of the interviewing process! Great interview chica! And I don't know if I ever told you, but I have actually sniffed my Kindle. It might be because you mentioned that one to be before. lol They should have some kind of new book smell scent that you could attach to the kindle, or maybe like a scratch and sniff. I would buy that! Buahaha!

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  9. Oohhhh! New book blogging site I didn't know about...or maybe I did and don't realize it. Hmm....anyway, great interview. :) I love Snickers too. I eat the chocolate off the outside first, then I eat the inside part.

    Yeah, I'm weird. I also think that a Pepsi is the perfect beverage with them. Or coffee. Dunk it in the coffee, and swirl it around...yum.

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  10. HAHA that is seriously funny about the ereader having a smell and going to Barnes and Noble to smell the new Nooks...

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  11. I guess I am one of those rare people that don't generally sniff books...and I never thought to sniff my e-readers, lol. I guess because I have allergies, I often can't smell a lot. I would love to see the look on a B&N employee when you ask to sniff their Nooks though, but they might call security (or the men with the white coats that tie in the back, lol). Oh, and I am already a fan of BSA :)

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  12. You're the one that asked me if my new Nook had a smell. LoL You're the one who started it all. HaHa

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  13. I do the same thing with kit kats. I cannot just show down on them, I have to eat all the chocolate off the sides and THEN chow down. Oh and I'm totally trying the Snickers dumped in coffee.

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  14. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I don't generally sniff them either, so don't feel alone. But when I get home I am totally going to sniff my kindle. And I'm also inquiring if people are Nook Sniffers ;)

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  15. Hmmm...I vaguely remember that. You can't expect me to remember all the crazy stuff I do and say. lol :p

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  16. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Snickers are ok, but I'm a Milky Way gal :) And I eat them so fast that I don't bother with separating the insides lol.

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  17. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Hey, you might have just invented something new - scratch and sniff kindle/nook covers!

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  18. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    LOL That is awesome! Thanks for coming by!

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  19. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    If she does it, I think someone should take pics!

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  20. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    You too? I must have missed something about ereader sniffing. *sniffle* I'm going to smell mine...soon.

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  21. Liz @ Fictional CandyFebruary 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    LOL hilarious, right?!? :) Thanks for coming by!

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  22. I'm really excited about the swag pack. It's ironic because I recently had the same conversation with my friend about Pocahontas.

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  23. And then we could also have scratch and sniff stickers to go along with specific scenes in our favorite books. Of course I'm not sure that would work out well in a Zombie type book, or in certain romance novels or...Ooookay bad idea. Scratch and sniff kindle/nook covers only! ;)

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! This is awesome!


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  25. I don't know how you do it, Kristin, with two blogs and all!!

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  26. Thank you so much for this weekly offering! I am finding so many new bloggers :D

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  27. Fun interview. I follow Book Sniffers Anonymous and enjoyed the visit here on Fictional Candy.

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  28. I enjoyed the interview. Funny answer about Pocahontas.

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  29. It was so great to learn more about you, I worked at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a season and I must say you meet all sorts of people from all over the world.

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  30. It definitely is an experience. I am so fortunate that I get to work there.

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  31. :-D I would do it too. Although I would try to sneak my sniffing.

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  32. I usually only purposely sniff a book if it has a funky smell to it. Not that it's a great idea but I suppose it's like sniffing your pit. You think "Is that smell me or the book?" LoL

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  33. :) I was a handful as a kid, I can tell you that much.

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  34. Thanks for checking out the interview Barbara!

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  35. Great post thank you for making me laugh today .Hope you have a great weekend .

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  36. A food blog sounds fun! I like visiting them :)

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  37. Thanks for the amazing giveaway and great blog :D Loved the interview.

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. The Disney version of Pochohontas is like the movie version of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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  40. Awesome interview. Thanks for the giveaway too

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