For today, we got the chance to interview the wonderful Sarah R. Hatch who blogs over at https://writtenwordworlds.com/! Check out her blog where she does reviews and book tags!
And below, you can check out her interview. Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments below.
1. What inspired you to start blogging and reviewing books?
Like all the other book bloggers out there, I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing, but I was never really a part of the online community during middle school. I enjoyed watching booktube, but I didn’t realise there was a whole world of blogging that I hadn’t discovered yet. It’s funny, but I actually started blogging and reviewing books because of a school assignment. In 9th grade, we had to choose a project to work on for the entire year, and I wanted to do something to do with reading or writing, but at that stage, I was way too camera-shy to have a go at booktubing. So I decided to make a blog where I could discuss books. Most of the other kids in my grade stopped working on their project when the year was over, but I wanted to keep reviewing books — it was something I’d fallen in love with. And so I’m still here today, almost four years later, because of that school assignment!
2. Who are some of your favourite LGBTQ characters from books?
One of my favourite queer characters would definitely be Delilah from The Flywheel — it was the first book I read with a queer protagonist, and it has a special place in my heart, because it was the first novel that made me feel like my sexuality was valid and the things I was feeling mattered. I also adore Rhy from A Darker Shade of Magic, Aled Last from Radio Silence, and Charlie from Queens of Geek. I just want to hug all those queer munchkins!
3. Who are some of your favourite writers?
I could honestly name about 300 authors, but I’ll try to refrain myself. One of my absolute favourite authors is V.E. Schwab. She’s so incredibly talented and I just adore everything she’s written. I’d probably fangirl over the shopping lists she writes, let’s be honest. I’m also a big fan of Adam Silvera — he makes me feel all the feels. Angie Thomas is simply phenomenal and I’ll never not be recommending The Hate U Give to readers of all ages, and I also love Becky Albertalli. I could go on forever!
4. Do you write? If so what are you working on?
Yes, I do! I’m currently working on a few things because I have the attention span of a gnat and like to move between projects. I’m editing a science-fiction fantasy novel I started during last year’s NaNoWriMo, which is kind of about queers pondering morality and immortality — it’s nowhere near as philosophical as it sounds though! I’m also writing the script for a podcast that my co-creator and I are launching towards the end of this year, which we’ve dubbed ‘Audible meets Wattpad’. And finally, I’m planning (well, more like creating aesthetics for) a novel that I would like to begin writing next month!
5. If you could only bring three things when you're stranded on a desert island, what would they be and why?
Ooh, this is a tricky one! The millennial me immediately says ‘LAPTOP! PHONE!’ but I’m not too sure how well they would work if there was no signal? And I’d probably need a powerpoint, which I won’t find on the island. So the practical me would opt for a notebook and a pen, that way I could still write, and even try and send a message out to sea. For my last item, I would choose a speedboat. Is that against the rules? Look, I’d prefer to escape this island if possible. I already miss wifi.
6. What's more important: characters or plot?
While we can all agree both characters and plot are integral, I’d much rather see characters I adored doing boring, mundane tasks than characters I hated leading a really interesting narrative. For me, sometimes the best scenes in a book are the ones where the characters aren’t doing anything dramatic or aren’t busy saving the world — it’s where they’re doing normal things and holding normal conversations, because sometimes it’s these things that allow to you get to know them better. There’s nothing I love more than genuine, three-dimensional characters that I can relate to in one way or another.
7. What are you currently reading?
I’m actually just between books at the moment! I finished reading When Dimple Met Rishi earlier today — which I adored — and now I’m trying to decide what to read next. There are so many exciting books waiting to be read on my shelves! Let’s be honest, 90% of my shelves are books I haven’t read yet. I’ll probably either pick up How to Make a Wish or A List of Cages. Too many books, too little time!
8. What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
I think perhaps the most noteworthy author in this category would be Patrick Ness. I first picked up one of his novels when I was in my early teens, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as it had hoped. Something most of his books have is that strange, somewhat sci-fi element, and I think it took me a little while to really understand the depth and meaning of these aspects. And then I read Release a month or so ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be picking up whatever he writes next.
9. What was your first ARC to review?
While I don’t think it was my first ARC, maybe my third or fourth, the most memorable ARC I received in my early blogging days was Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick. I was so excited to receive a book by such a well-known author, and I think I screamed a little bit in class when I was offered a copy.
10. Do you believe in writer's block?
Absolutely, though I think it happens to people in different ways. For me, I haven’t experienced the typical way it manifests — when you don’t know what to write or how to get out of a plot hole or when you’ve run into a brick wall. Because I’m the type of person who works well under pressure and with a deadline, I know that I have to get the words down. If the storyline is dragging, add in an explosion! If the characters don’t have enough dialogue, give them a new friend! I think the most important thing about writing to me is having fun and enjoying what I’m doing and while writing is something I’m serious about, I need to remember not to take it too seriously. Just have some fun with what you’re writing!
A sixteen-year-old book-lover from Ireland. Reviews will come as often as I finish a book, which is quite quickly, to be fair!