What’s the story behind your blog name? Were you just looking for something standard that hadn’t already been taken or did you put a lot of thought into it?
Actually, I didn’t put much thought into it because I never thought so many people would end up on reading my blog lol. I’ve played World of Warcraft for about 5 years and Tynga was my character name. All of my online friend were using that name even in voice chat so it quickly became my official online name. That’s how Tynga’s Reviews was born! lol
Have you ever reviewed a book without actually reading it – be honest?
Never. And I don’t do speed reading either. I read for the fun of it, and my blog/my reviews is a way to share my excitement for a specific book with the world. I might not review as many books a week as some other bloggers, but I feel comfortable with how I do things at Tynga’s Review =)
What’s your favorite book of the year and the most disappointing book of the year so far and why?
Umm, that’s a rather tricky question. I wasn’t particularly disappointed by any books this year, but there are quite a few I loved! Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is in really close competition with Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead and Alpha by Rachel Vincent (which I had the chance to read earlier).
Are followers important to you? Are you always aware of how many you have and do you ever set goals of how many followers you’d like to have or are you more relaxed?
I check regularly how many followers I have, but it’s more out of curiosity. I have to admit when I was getting close to 1000 I was anxious to reach that huge milestone but I’m not one to campaign for followers. You don’t have to be a followers to enter my giveaways (unless it’s a follower giveaway, which makes sense right? Lol ) or anything. I’m just hoping that people following my blog do it because they want to =)
Do you write fiction yourself and, if so, what do you write and is it with the aim of being published or just for fun?
I once made a lame attempt at writing something but stopped after 20 pages or so because it was so bad lol. English isn’t my main language and writing reviews is already challenging enough, I’ll let the professional write the books and I’ll stick to reviewing them ^^
Are you one of these super organized people who writes their ahead of time and schedules them for the week or do you just post as and when you have time to write things?
I would say I sit in the middle. I’m an organization freak when I’m working on an event with authors. For example, when Abigail (from All Things Urban Fantasy) and I were working on the Paranormal Summer Fest (held in June 2010), we had tons of Docs, tables and schedules with all the information, we started contacting authors and publisher months before the event and everything was very organized. When it comes to regular day-to-day blogging, sometimes I have a week of posts set in advance, while other days I have absolutely nothing. I guess it depends what mood I’m in!
What’s your day job? Why do you do what you do? What’s your dream job?
I am a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease, surgery and transplant. What’s a lab tech you gonna ask me? Well we have a very wide range of expertise that runs from simple phlebotomy (gathering blood samples) to hematology (science that studies blood cells), biochemistry, bacteriology, DNA, Blood Bank, autopsies, and so much more. Pretty much any test, involving body fluid, a doctor asks for, is executed by a lab technician.
Is blogging something you share with real life friends or is it something you keep private?
My friends and family knows I am blogging, but none of them visit my blog mostly because they don’t speak English.
What kind of covers appeal to you? Do you like subtle, unimposing covers or do you prefer them garish and glittery? What are a few of your favourite covers?
Umm, I don’t really look for specific elements in a cover, it’s all about they way I feel when I look at it. I’m really about the WOW factor, but it doesn’t mean the cover have to be flashy, if it makes any sense?
For example, I love Fallen by Lauren Kate’s cover, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Alpha by Rachel Vincent, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the UK edition of Fire by Kristin Cashore. I think they are all different, but they all have something amazing!
What are your pet peeves about other book blogs? No naming names please (well, unless you want to!) but what are the little things over bloggers do that really grate on you?
Is this the question where I put my foot and my mouth and other bloggers throw rocks at me? Lol One of my biggest pet peeve are the gazillion entries giveaways. I simply don’t enter them. You know, I don’t want to spend the next 30 mins entering your giveaway. Another thing is, while I love memes, it’s killing me when I log on Friday and that my reader is full of those Blog Hop and what’s the name of the other one? Anyway, I skip those all together. Sorry if you like em lol
Do you ever vlog? If so, what made you start doing it and do you prefer it to regular blogging?
I started doing vlog a few weeks ago for my In My Mailbox post. I decided to give it a try because I though it was a great way for my readers to get a good feeling of who Tynga really is and I got such an enthusiastic response that I now do it regularly =)
Have you met up with any other book review bloggers? If so, which blogs do they run and where/why did you meet up with them?
I haven’t yet mostly because I’m from Quebec, Canada and most bloggers are from the States, but I might meet with some Montreal bloggers soon for some book shopping!
Do you do your own graphics for you blog? If not, where do you get your backgrounds etc from? Are you good at HTML or do you find the whole thing a bit of a pain? (Me trying to configure the three column HTML is not a pretty sight)
I’m actually very HTML friendly, I’ve designed my whole blog and all graphics (except my background) I’ve made myself. I always loved playing with Photoshop and HTML coding even though I never took any classes.
Do you normally request books you want to review or do you wait to be approached? How long had you been blogging before you requested a book/were approached about reviewing a book?
I wasn’t very aware of the blogging « rules » when I started blogging and I tried to request copies way to early (which was about 2 months after I started). I managed to get one response back then, but the others all ignored me and I now know why ^^ You need to offer them a readingship so sending you a review copy is interesting for the publisher. So after being ignored like that, I worked very hard on my blog and didn’t request anything until a had something like 300 followers. As of now, I have built relationship with a few publisher from which I request copies and there are a few publicity companies contacting me regularly asking me to review X and Y book.
What are your other passions besides books?
I am a HUGE Hockey fan. I work 4 to midnight so I can’t always watch the games on TV but I always listen to them on the radio, and I try to go to a few games live each year. I also like Photography, I draw and paint a bit as well.
What exciting things do you have coming up on your blog we can look out for?
I am currently working with Angela from Dark Faery Tales on an event scheduled for December. I don’t want to give you details just yet, but it will involve 15 authors from the paranormal genre =)