Reviewer Spotlight: Write Note Reviews
Tell us a little more about Write Note Reviews:
As a book reader and food enthusiast in no particular order, I’ve always thought books and food go well together. For me, it all started with popcorn … eating a bowl of popcorn and reading at the same time. Write Note Reviews combines these two loves with two more – writing and photography. My book reviews (from 2013 onwards) are complemented by a suggested food treat that “matches” the book. But really, the site is just a way for me to immerse myself in the world of books in a way that suits me best.
What prompted the creation of Write Note Reviews?
I started reviewing books while working at a community newspaper as a journalist, and later, editor. Apart from writing a regular column, it was one of my favourite aspects of the role – why wouldn’t it be for someone who has always been drawn to books? It let me drop the objective journalism facade and have an opinion. In late 2011, I changed career direction and took up freelancing… after a few months, I thought, why not see if I can still review books? If you don’t ask… so, I renewed old contacts and posed the question. Now I am reviewing books for a number of publishers in Australia – it’s a win-win for all parties. They get free publicity, I get to read … the only one (thing?) complaining is my sagging bookshelf! And Blue Eyes. He always gives me The Look. If you are a book lover like me, you’ll know exactly what that means.
What can readers expect when visiting Write Note Reviews?
Book reviews, of course. In-depth interviews with authors, guest posts from authors, shout-outs and teasers, and some of my own writing when the mood strikes.
Can readers become involved with Write Note Reviews?
Sure, by commenting on posts or on Facebook and Twitter. I love comments – wish there were more (sometimes I feel like I’m “talking” to myself). Also, by keeping an eye out for giveaways. I often have extra copies of books, or publishers invite me to run a giveaway, so that’s a great way to interact.
What’s next for you/ Write Note Reviews?
At the moment, my focus is on balancing a few life things; as part of this, I’m making sure I do some “just because” reading as well as reviewing. I’m happy with the way the site is looking at the moment, but I’ll just work on growing its reach. I run a Stories on Stage event in Perth so I’m looking at ways to grow that as well.
What are your top five favourite Aussie romance books of 2014 so far?
Oh, that’s hard … these are not in order, OK?
Billabong Bend by Jennifer Scoullar
Red Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthur
Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns
Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees
Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn
All-time favourite character?
That’s hard, too! The child in me loves Anne from Anne of Green Gables but I really have a soft spot for Vianne in Chocolat. I’d love her to tell me what my favourite chocolate is … because I don’t know! In a romance sense, I did really like Sergeant McCabe in Red Sand Sunrise (Fiona McArthur) and Ric in Billabong Bend (Jennifer Scoullar).
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
Everyone needs a little romance in their lives.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
That guy chatting you up at work? He’s a player. Stay away. And eat something. Everyone’s right. You are too thin. Oh, and keep writing. You really will be a journalist one day. Although not a famous TV one.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
That’s the easiest question you’ve asked! Visit Italy (stay a few months, if possible) in off-peak time and soak up the food, lifestyle and culture.