Happy Halloween! I have a real treat for you today. Have you met Meredith Moore of Fairy Tales and Cappuccino? Meredith is a reader and a writer who often shares her travelling adventures with her blogging friends. Her weekly post, Five Random Thoughts on a Friday, has something for everyone. Let's find out more about Meredith!
Give us the low-down on yourself, your writing, and your blog: Here’s my bio: I grew up in
, and now I’m back. I worked as an editorial assistant at a publishing house in Texas for a bit, learning about the crazy business of making books, but the stories in my head wouldn’t shut up. I needed to write. So I quit, spent my days writing, moved to Boston, then back to Texas, and now here I am, trying to find a way to make this whole writing dream a reality. New York
I’ve written a couple of manuscripts (and even more half-manuscripts that I swear I’ll get back to at some point). I write YA, because I love that time when people are trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. So much awesome angst! I don’t stick to one genre: some of my stories are contemporary, some are fantasy, one ill-conceived one was dystopian.
My blog, Fairy Tales and Cappuccino, is really a place for me to share all of my random thoughts about writing, about books I love, about why fall is the best season ever, and so on. I post lists of things that make me happy every Monday (I’m a big fan of simple pleasures). Writing can be a frustrating business, and I love keeping everything upbeat on my blog—it helps remind me to stay positive.
You're accomplishing your goal; your blog is definitely upbeat.
How do you build your blog following? The main thing I do is follow other blogs and comment on them. There’s such an amazing writer community here online, and I love that I often find people who comment on other blogs and click over to their blogs—I’ve found some of my favorites that way.
Good advice! Being a faithful follower is the key to creating blogging relationships.
Do you have any advice for writing good posts or comments? I guess my biggest advice would be to take your time. Blogging is a big investment (a very worthwhile one), and so I like to write my blog posts ahead of time and make sure I say what I actually want to say. As for commenting, I take the time to really read the post and respond in a meaningful way.
I like that you write your posts in advance. I do too.
How does blogging benefit you the most? Knowing that I’m not going through this alone. There are so many writers out there that are experience the same struggles, the same rejections, the same endless editing process that I am. So we can laugh about it together, and that’s just priceless.
Laughing with other writers about our shared neurosis is priceless!
What is your favorite blog (besides your own of course), and why? Oh goodness, don’t make me pick just one! Hmmm. I really enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s blog: she gives great writing advice, and she always has the best music on her playlists. Plus, she’s an amazing artist and musician. Really, there’s something for everyone on that blog.
I'm going to check Maggie's blog out. Thanks!
Random question: If you could be any literary character, who would you be?
Haha, this one’s easy! Anne of Green Gables. She’s got red hair, she’s smart, she’s a writer, she lives in one of the most beautiful places in the world (
), and she marries Gilbert Blythe. Absolute perfection. Prince Edward Island
You know, I liked you before you answered that question, but now I like you even more. Anne and Gilbert are one of my favorite literary couples. Awesome choice!
Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better as a writer and a blogger, Meredith. You're such a doll!