Kassandra Kush

Introducing Bex from Bex ‘N Books

Posted on: December 4, 2013

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m Bex of Bex ‘n’ Books. When my head isn’t stuck in my Kindle, I’m usually attached to my laptop blogging, whipping Justine (my surrogate niece) or editing. Somehow, I manage to squeeze in the time to cuddle my sexy hubby and gorgeous six year old in between the madness. I live in Australia, but I’m British born. J

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?

Two years ago, I became absorbed in the Indie community via blog and Facebook. After fan-girling over Stephanie Rowe, I decided to open my blog Bex ‘n’ Books and then my Facebook page. Since then, I’ve been completely embroiled with the blogging and bookie community.

3. What is your favorite part of running one?

Not the hours for sure. It does pretty much take over my life. I have been able to strike some semblance of balance though since Justine joined, plus I have a few regular folk who review for me. I love the bookie community. I have made many genuine friends. Without them, I think life would be a sadder place. It’s also about giving back to the amazing authors who enthrall me with their awesomeness. The free books help too! Oh, and book porn; I have an excuse to read hot as hell books. Yay for my life!

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?

Anytime obviously. J The reality is after 11pm after my day is done. I love to snuggle in bed with my Kindle Fire. It’s also handy having my hubby close-by. J

5. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?

I dove headfirst into ebooks and have not looked back. Sometimes, I’ll by a paperback, but to be honest, the convenience of space spacing and instant reading far outweighs any ‘issues’ with reading ebooks.

6. Favorite book of all time?

I have different books that I reread again and again, depending on my mood. I love Little Women. This was my favorite book as a child. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite classic and a contemporary book that would by one of my favorites – eek, just one; I’m having palpitations – is Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?

Lola Stark. Love this woman! I’ve worked alongside Lola over the last couple of years. I’m also lucky enough to be her editor. I get to stalk her in the flesh in March when I head to the Gold Coast, Australia, for the Indie Authors Down Under Convention.

8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog!

I hate drama and bookie politics. It drives me insane. *sings: Why can’t we all just get along…* I’m passionate about everything I get involved in, which is exhausting. I cry regularly when reading, and I have be known to pee myself a little when reading a freakin’ hilarious book.

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?

Again, this depends on my mood. I’m a HUGE fan of novellas. Sometimes, I need a quick and satisfying fix. Although, epic reads in a series can get me all hot and sweaty in expectation.

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?

Permanent by Kim Carmichael – 4 lovely fairies.

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like me, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?

Book-related everything! I run Hot Tree Editing, yep, more bookie stuff! So lots of my ‘spare’ *ha!* time is spent editing fabulous books. For family time, we have two lovely dogs who we enjoy walking. Plus, we like to camp as often as possible during the spring and autumn.

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Pennsylvania – huh! Do I hear you cry? – well, my wonderful surrogate niece and Bex ‘n’ Books admin, Justine, lives there. A cuddle, followed by an intense drinking session is long overdue.

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?

Teresa Gabelman – I would LOVE to meet her. She rocks my socks! Darn America seems so far away. I have so much time, adoration and respect for Teresa as both a woman and an author. I have seen her hone in her skills over the last couple of years, and chase her dream with unending passion. Yet all the time, she remains modest and true. Bloody LOVE her.

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?

Merit from Chicagoland Vampires would be a kickass friend to have.

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into? For me, heavy science fiction is just a no-go.

War books? :/

18. What was the series in childhood that got you hooked on reading? For me, my mom forced me to read Little House on the Prairie for school which I ended up loving, and then I found the Redwall series and I just never stopped!

I loved What Katy Did series

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?

I read loud and proud throughout my childhood and adulthood. I’m far too much of a gob-shite (awesome colloquial British phrase for you there) to be quiet and retiring.

20. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time? The running joke in my family when I was young was asking me how many books I was reading (usually at least five) and laughing when I could recite the plot for every single one!

Lots – one on each device – Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone and paperback. It’s useful in case of the need for an emergency read. Not on my laptop though. That’s editing reading only.

21. Favorite book to movie adaption?

Twilight saga. I ❤ Robert.

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