So Kyra, why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I realised it was time to start taking my writing seriously, and if I wanted people to know about me, I'd need to establish an online presence. I also wanted to connect with other writers, and learn more about the craft of writing. I was a little apprehensive, because other blogs I started in the past bored me senseless, and writing posts seemed like a chore. Now, I see that it wasn't blogging that was the problem, it was my subject matter lol!
I had a blog before this one, too. I felt the same way about it. :)
You haven’t been blogging long, yet you've had great success increasing your following. How have you done it?
Blogfests! Honestly, without blogfests, I'd have no followers! It's not just that, though. It's paying attention to other bloggers, commenting on their posts and showing an interest in what they're doing. It's all well and good to write a standard "great post" every time someone writes something on their blog, but they won't follow you back, or care about what you're doing if you don't make an effort to really interact with them.
I agree. If you're blogging just to gain followers, people will sense your insincerity.
How has blogging benefited your writing?
Ooh, so many ways! The biggest difference for me is that I've found CPs who have helped me see ways I can tighten up my writing and make it much stronger. I tend to waffle when I write, and learning how to cut out the useless words has been a huge breakthrough.
CP's are a great reward for blogging!
What is your most memorable blogging experience to date?
Well, the A-Z Challenge was memorable, for sure! Blogging almost every day for a month really takes it out of you. It was a great experience, and because I used the challenge to further explore the characters from my WIP, it was very beneficial too. However, my most memorable experience has to be my first blogfest. It was Cassie and Angie's "I'm Hearing Voices" fest, and it is because of those fabulous ladies that I met so many amazing bloggers. I had an absolute blast hopping around, and I remember being astounded by how much talent there is out there. It was that experience that got me excited about blogging, and for that, I will always be extremely grateful!
I believe we met during the I'm Hearing Voices Blogfest. Good times!
Okay, final question: If you could visit any setting in any book, where would you go?
Hogwarts, without a doubt. I want to play Quidditch, go to Transfiguration classes, hang out with Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood, and go on day trips to Hogsmeade!
Nice choice. Ginny and Luna would be a trip to hang out with. :)
Thanks for agreeing to be our Mentor, Kyra!