Name: Myranda Barton
Birthday: June 4th
Hi everyone, I’m Myranda!
I wanted to start out by saying thank you to Cassandra for letting me be a part of this! I really enjoy taking pictures of my books even though I do get strange looks if I take some in public. Also, just to let you all know, I’m going to be holding a giveaway once I reach 1,000 followers on Instagram. I’ve been wanting to give back to the people that enjoy my pictures enough to stick around for a while now and have just been waiting for a milestone to happen to do it!
-Is there an idea that has been stuck in your head that you haven’t done yet?
Yes, three actually. Picture wise, there is a forest not too far from where I live and I want to go do a bookish photo shoot there, I just need to find a photographer! The next one is cosplays! There are so many characters I want to do, Vhalla (Air Awakens), Nina (Six of Crows), Evangeline (Red Queen), and more! There are also two book ideas eating me alive right now but I need to straighten things out with story lines before I write them down. Lately my mind has had all this creative energy and I just don’t know where to start with it!
-Why did you choose to start your account?
No one in my day to day life is as obsessed with books as I am so when I found bookstagram I immediately wanted to start an account to connect with people who loved books like I do. It was also kind of an excuse to buy more books because I obviously needed more books to take pictures of. I really love bookstagram and its people although sometimes it’s hard to show just how much I adore a book through text so I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a booktube just as a better way of getting my feelings out there on certain books. I’m not totally sure I’ll do it but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about a lot.
-What book event that you have attended was your favorite? Why?
In March Elise Kova, Rachel E. Carter, and Laura Thalassa had a book signing in the bay area. Having just read Elise’s Air Awakens I had to go! I went in thinking it was going to be like a typical signing where you get in, have your book signed, and then get out. It was nothing like that though! I, and several other lovely people who I still talk to, (@metamorphicbooks, @daphodilli,@crazytensai, and @novelstosong) were able to talk to these amazing authors about everything bookish for almost three hours! It was a blast and I know for sure that no matter what other authors I meet in the future, nothing will compare to the fun I had meeting those three at that signing!
-When/why did you become a writer?
I became a writer at the age of 6 or 7 when on a road trip with my family. I was sitting there and suddenly had this urge to write a story about a penguin who lost their favorite ball and had to go on a journey to find it. Of course it was just a few sentences but at that moment I wrote something for me and I think that is what makes a writer. Ever since I’ve been thinking up story ideas with most of them just leaving my mind. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually got the idea in my head that I could write an entire book. I won NaNoWriMo 2015 but since that was my first attempt at something big, it won’t be seeing the light of day for a very, very long time!
-Who are your top 5 fictional book girlfriends/boyfriends, why?
Okay, this is a really tough one. I know that my ultimate book boyfriend is William Herondale, every time I pick of one of the books from The Infernal Devices and read a passage with him being his sassy self, my heart does a little flip at how lovable he is! Everyone else is in no particular order because it just wouldn’t be fair since I love them all so. Warner from the Shatter Me trilogy has a place in my heart because after we see that everything he does has had a reason and that he is actually a softy he just cemented himself in there. There’s also Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door, I’m pretty sure this one stems from me always wanting that typical “boy next door” relationship and also because Cricket is just really adorable and dorky. One of my most recent additions to steal my heart has been Aldrik from the Air Awakens series because that Fire Lord actually has a heart of gold and fights to no end for his loved ones. This last guy is a bit of a preemptive addition since I’ve barley read about him yet, but from what I’ve read I already love him. That would be Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I finished the first book just a few hours ago as I type this but I can already tell I’m going to absolutely love him. After writing all that down I just realized I really like the male characters who had the hard exteriors but are total softies on the inside. At least I know I know have a type!
-Who is your favorite Indie author?
Well if I didn’t mention her, or her series enough in my above posts, I would have to say Elise Kova. Her writing is just so beautiful and her characters are so well shelled out that it’s easy to forget it’s all fictional!
-What is your favorite standalone?
I haven’t read that many standalones but even if I had then I know that The Night Circus would still be my favorite. Reading that book was like something I’ve never experienced before. The synopsis was practically nothing like the actual book which I think has actual magic pumping through its pages. No, really, while reading that book you can feel the magic of the world pouring out of the pages and into our own. I was reading it on a car ride at one point and it took my family a few seconds to get my attention with how engrossed I was in the tale.
-What is your dream reading spot?
I would absolutely love to have one of those clear bubble bed kind of things that I’ve seen on the internet placed in a meadow of flowers with forest surrounding it and raining. It would be perfect because I could read in the rain without getting wet and get to see the rain fall on the top of the dome. It’s a bit hard to explain but the picture is so clear in my mind I could almost touch it!