Today I have the extremely lovely Carly from Writing from the Tub to answer a few questions! I was lucky enough to have lots of lunch dates while I was at uni as we lived in the same city and we used to spend hours and hours talking about books and boys. Such fun.
Tell us a little about you and your blog
Hello my dear chum Sophie and of her lovely readers! I’m Carly and I run Writing from the Tub. I’m 26 and I live in the South West and love to read and write contemporary YA. I also love cheese, candles and my lovely dog, Bertie.
What inspired you to start up Writing From the Tub?
I got into review writing just after I graduated from uni and ending up writing reviews for Chicklish (if any of you out there aren’t subscribed give it a look – it’s brill). After a while Luisa encouraged me to start my own blog and it all went from there.
How long have you been blogging?
It will be four years in January – which is INSANE!
BEING A BLOGGER
I do! It was Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja, and speaking to Luisa about it resulted in me reviewing for Chicklish, which is what led me to start writing Writing from the Tub back in 2010.
What’s been the highlight of your blogging career so far?
This past February my county library asked me to run a workshop about blogging (which you very kindly came to, Sophie!) and that was definitely a big highlight for me, for a library to actually know my blog enough to approach me. It was great! [Sophie: It was a brilliant event! Carly was great J]
Your biggest book-related starstruck moment?
I think it was at an Atom event a couple of years ago when I spent half an hour talking to Sarra Manning about reality TV and music – I spent my teenage years in love with her Diary of a Crush books so it absolutely made my life to have a full-on conversation with her.
What was the last book that made you cry?
Every Day by David Levithan. I woke my boyfriend up because I was crying so hard by the end!
You started a beauty blog this year, Life From the Tub. How do you manage to juggle the two?
Ha, I don’t, I’m terrible at it! One of my biggest resolutions for 2014 is to get organised and get into a good routine for both blogs.
I think the important thing is to keep them as separate as possible so things don’t get muddled. I tend to write a lot of blog posts in a single day and schedule them in advance, so I’ll take a weekend to write blog posts and spend Saturday on Writing from the Tub, and Sunday on Life from the Tub. I find that’s the easiest way to stop my mind getting too cluttered!
Which 2014 release are you most excited for?
Ooh, that’s a toughie because 2014 is shaping up to be an insanely good year for contemporary YA! I’m torn between Trouble by Non Pratt and The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel.
Thank you for having me today, Sophie, you lovely thing!
You’re welcome, lovely. Now make sure you all go and check out Writing from the Tub and take a look back at her 12 Days of Christmas series of posts where she’s rounded up the bookish year.