Please welcome Jana of Will Work for Books to The 3 R’s for the BBAW Interview Exchange! Jana’s blog is new to me, but it’s been around since early 2008, and it features a variety of bookish content. I like the rating system she has devised for her book reviews, and the inclusion of book-related news in her content mix. Jana really has “worked for books” in various capacities, and she still does.
Our interview was conducted via e-mail, and I’m posting our Q&A here with just a little editing. (And since it’s an interview exchange, please drop by Jana’s blog to see how I answered her questions for me! You can also find Jana on Twitter and GoodReads.)
Your profile says you live in Nebraska – have you always lived there? What kind of work do you do? Any children? Pets? Favorite pastimes aside from reading and blogging?
Let’s see . . . I’ve lived in Lincoln since I came here for college in 1987. I spent most of my childhood in a suburb of Chicago but moved to Omaha in high school. I currently work as the IT Manager at the University of Nebraska Press, but I started at the Press as a production coordinator. For a book lover, it is of course a thrill to work in publishing! I do still sometimes miss working in bookstores, though: seeing all of the new titles come in and creating interesting displays.
In addition to reading and blogging, I like to knit and crochet but I’m not very productive. Every once in a while I try to enforce the rule that I can’t start a new project until I finish one, but it never sticks. 🙂
How long have you been blogging? What made you decide to start doing it?
(I suspect quite a few blogs have begun under the influence of something…)
The tagline of your blog lists the things you’ve done with books: “I’ve sold books, stocked books, cataloged books, digitized books, and coordinated the production of books.” Is your blog more focused on publishing and the industry, on reading, or is it a mix?
What regular/recurring features do you have on your blog?
(The interviews sound like fun!)
I noticed that you have a co-blogger. How do you know each other? Does each of you have her own special-interest topics to blog about, or do you both post about whatever you like?
(Tammy, are you reading this?)
Has blogging about books changed your reading habits? How – the kinds of books you read, the amount of time you spend reading, the things you pay attention to while reading, and/or some other way?
Which books that you’ve read this year have made the biggest impression on you, and why? It doesn’t have to be a good impression, by the way – did you read something memorably awful?
I just finished Plum Lovin by Janet Evanovich and I did not like it at all. I’m not sure why I even picked it up–I don’t like romances so I just normally don’t read them. However, I do like the Stephanie Plum mystery series and was looking for something to tide me over until the next one.
What are some of your favorite places to hang out online, other than your blog?
One of the things I like about BBAW is the opportunity to learn about new book blogs. I’m going to have a whole bunch to add to my Google Reader.
(I think that’s something we all love – and hate – about BBAW!)
Ask – and then answer for yourself – one interview question that you wish I would have asked, but didn’t.
I already mentioned this above: Is there a genre you don’t read/review? Yes, romance.
(Something we have in common – me neither!)
Thanks for participating in the BBAW Interview Exchange with me, Jana – it was great to get to know you, and I’ll be seeing you around the blogiverse!