There are approximately 8 zillion trillion gillian book blogs on the internet – but how do you know whether the reviews on there will actually match your own tastes? I figured one way might be to find out a little bit more about the people writing them. This is why I now present The Book Blogger Files – a series of interviews with the mysterious literary enthusiasts behind the keyboards. First up, freelance essayist and creative writer Adam Burgess, also known as Roof Beam Reader (the name is a reference to a story by J.D.Salinger).
Aurora Cacciapuoti is a Sardinian illustrator currently based in Cambridge. She splits her time between running art workshops and working as a freelance illustrator. Whilst I was writing 12 books last year (or 1,667 words a day) she was drawing 365 faces (or 1 face a day). You can see them all on her tumblr page.
This year Aurora has a new project, to create 52+2 book covers. I asked her a few questions about what she finds inspiring about books.
Andy Stanton is probably best known as the author of the Mr Gum series of books (technically aimed at 7-10 year olds, but I started reading them at 24), and the mastermind behind hit TV show Bag of Sticks. If you haven’t read anything by him and you’re not sure whether you’d like to, my rule of thumb is to suggest you head to your nearest book shop or library, pick up a copy of You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!, and turn to chapter 4. If it doesn’t make you laugh, there’s probably something wrong with you.
I interviewed the man himself on Monday afternoon after a hectic weekend at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Here’s what he had to say.