I’m a little excited today to turn the tables and be the host instead of the writer! Kaisha at The Writing Garnet has not only done a tremendous amount of reading and blogging in the short time since she set the blog up, but she’s been an amazingly supportive friend when I released Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, and has really gone above and beyond in helping me promote my book baby! So I wanted to know about her!
Guest post – Life before The Writing Garnet.
First of all, I would like to thank Andi for inviting me to write a post for her blog! Very honoured to be asked, usually it’s me that does the asking! For those that haven’t heard of me, I’ll introduce myself a little. My name is Kaisha and I run The Writing Garnet blog where I review many books from so many talented authors as well as being involved in cover reveals and interviewing authors and being part of blog tours. The Writing Garnet is still a baby blog as I only started it in March this year. Three months later and I have interviews with Jenny Colgan, Carol Wyer, Cathy Bramley and many, many more, under my belt. It’s incredible surreal. ‘But how did you start your blog? Why did you start it?’ are probably two questions you might be thinking of right now.
So sit back and relax as I tell you a story: Life before The Writing Garnet.
Ever since I was a little girl (five years old to be precise), I have always had my nose stuck in a book. As I grew up from books such as ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’, I enjoyed books like ‘The Babysitters Club’ by Ann. M. Martin, ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton, ‘Milly, Molly, Mandy’ by Joyce Lankester Brisley and many more. I just love books and luckily that stayed with me as I went into my late teens. Although, when you get to sixteen years old you kind of need to go to work (meh, I started working at seventeen!) and reading has to take a back seat. Lucky for me though, it wasn’t on the back seat for long.
Reading and books became a big part of my life in 2011, because I became poorly and relied heavily on books as my escape. Unfortunately, I have become more unwell over the last five years and the only escape from all the wildness of six illnesses, is books. For a long time I had been mulling over how I would be able to get into the book world, aside from reading. So this year, after learning that the chances of me being able to work outside my home are slim to nil, I had to find out whether I could work from home and look after my daughter whilst being comfortable.
Off to Google I popped and decided to do a little bit of research to see whether my idea was feasible and not just a pipe dream. The results were good that I had found, however I couldn’t shift my lack of confidence. What if I couldn’t turn my dream into a job? What if people wouldn’t want to read what I write? What if, what if, what if.
Then one day in March I thought ‘stuff it’. I had just finished reading Fiona Gibson’s ‘The Woman who upped and left’ and I tweeted her to say that her book would be the first review on my new blog. Well, I hate letting people down and going against what I say, so I just had to follow through with it. That was the day that The Writing Garnet was born. You might be wondering why I called my blog The Writing Garnet? My reasons behind the name are that garnet is my birthstone and my blog is about writing, well, I write on my blog. Same thing I’m sure!
The last three months have been incredible surreal and I still cannot take it all in. I have been part of many wonderful book tours, supporting authors in the promotion of their books AND getting to know other very talented bloggers. There is one big thing I still cannot get my head round, the fact that I have the opportunity to rub shoulders with many incredible authors on a daily basis. Some of which I have read their books for ages and suddenly they’re e-mailing me, pinch me now! I never expected the blog to take off like this, at all. I also never expected to be nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ in the Blogger Bash Awards. I am incredibly grateful to everyone that supports me and my blog, you have been incredible. I just hope that I can turn this into a paying job, my life pretty much depends on it. It would be a dream come true to write about books or be involved in books as my job. It makes me feel incredible when my reviews get quoted on promotional pictures, or when I get tweets/messages from the authors of the books saying how moved they are by my reviews. It means so much to me and I am incredibly honoured to be surrounded by such wonderful people. I’m looking forward to seeing where The Writing Garnet goes.