1. Is there an idea that has been stuck in your head that you haven’t done yet?
Totally! I’ve been planning for ages to start wearing costumes that match the books. I’ve got lots of fun clothes and baubles, and could totally bring this aspect to my feed, but haven’t had time to learn how to do it effectively yet. Plus, I really need to get a remote for my pictures, and again, I haven’t done that yet. But I’m super excited about the possibility, and hope someone else does it!
2. When/why did you become a writer?
I’ve been a writer my whole life, but I was never really able to settle into this fact for most of my 20s. When I was 26, I finally gave up and committed to it, enrolling in Northwestern’s Master of Journalism program. From there, it was history. While I write nonfiction pieces for clients all day, I write YA fantasy on my own time. I love the writing life, and don’t think I can ever turn away from it.
3. What are your plans for your account’s future?
For now, I’m just enjoying the fact that having an account gets me amazing books to read. In the future, I’m not sure where I’ll go with it. I’ve had tons of ideas, including being a lifestyle presence, using it to promote my own writing and simply keeping it as an art form I really enjoy. I wouldn’t be surprised if I do it all eventually, but I’ve got time.
4. Do you have any advice for an aspiring bookstagrammer?
The best advice I can give is to love it. If you don’t, your account will never reflect the passion and beauty of the accounts you love to look at. If you don’t truly love books and all their trappings, move onto something else you do love. I’ve learned that bookstagram is not a means to an end, and believe me, this was a hard lesson. It’s a wonderful way to connect with people, build an audience, market yourself and meet new people, but if you’re only doing it for those reasons, you likely won’t find much success. In the last few months, as I’ve undergone a number of difficult changes in my personal life, I’ve learned to embrace bookstagram for all the reasons I was truly drawn to it in the first place … because I adore literature and talking about it, because I have finally found my people and because my art is taking pictures of what I love most in the world. If that’s you, you’re golden.
1. How many books do you own?
Roughly between 1,500 and 2,000 at last count.
2. What is your favorite movie?
Independence Day. I have absolutely no shame about this.
3. What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved the Little House books so much. I also loved The Chronicles of Narnia, and my favorite book in the whole world for a long time was A Horse and His Boy.
4. Which are your top 5 favorite fictional worlds?
Hogwarts, Narnia, Ravka, the Enderverse, Divergent.