Name: Sandra Wo
Age: Definitely not a teenager anymore
Birthday: A child of Winter
-Do you have any advice for an aspiring bookstagrammer?
Be yourself, be kind and engage with others. You will find that the community is very welcoming and very lovely. I have met some really great inspiring people via bookstagram who have become close friends in real life. And don’t give up even if you feel disheartened. The new IG algorithm can be a real monster but you will get there eventually. Just make sure that you post pictures of high quality, find your style, meet people, stay true to yourself. In the end talent and passion will always win, so go for it!
-Where did your love for books/writing come from?
I have been surrounded by books since I can remember. Books in our household were a necessity, like water – or ice cream, haha. My mom was also a huge bookworm and my fondest memories of her are either reading to me or snuggled up on the couch with a book in her hands. As a child you always strive to be like your mom. So once I was able to read you would always see me with a book – and this hasn’t changed ever since.
-In 5 words, how would you describe your account?
My great friend Lara from @writinglaraferrari gave a great description once which I absolutely loved. She said it reminded her of a whimsical, magical, dreamy fairytale forest. I think that might be pretty accurate.
-Which props are your favorite to use?
Flowers. And plants. I think every single one of my pictures has flowers in them. They are a great prop and also make every room more beautiful – so gain/gain!!
-What is your perfect date?
I had a really great date once. I was picked up with a VW bus and we drove up a mountain to have self-made dinner in the back of the bus while watching the city below us. Afterwards we just talked all night and watched the stars. It was pretty much perfect. I don’t think any YA author could have written a better scene
-Who are your favorite female main characters?
I love when authors are able to write really strong, really independent female characters who escape the typical tropes and clichés of YA writing. Great examples are Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, Lia from Kiss of Deception trilogy by Mary E. Pearson and my childhood favourite Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
-What is your favorite series?
There are so many but I remember reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and it just left me in awe. Her writing style is just so beautiful and lyrical. Also the story was really unique with a beautiful bunch of characters you will miss dearly once you close the last book. A must read in my opinion if you are a fan of fantasy and young adult literature.
-If you had a spirit animal, which would it be? Why?
A penguin. I love how penguins seem so clumsy and awkward on land. But once they jump into the water they become those highly elegant, highly efficient creatures, It’s just a beautiful thing to witness. And I believe that this is true for every one of us. We sometimes get disheartened by setbacks or don’t feel good enough. But often times this is just because we haven’t found the right environment yet where we can blossom and grow. I am really really tiny; I would never make a great model but I can totally excel BEHIND the camera! So we all need to find our niche but once we do we can become amazing.