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Armchair BEA: Introductions

We’re pleased to be taking part in Armchair BEA this week – how exciting! As part of the kick-off, introductions are key, so here goes…

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

We are Donna and David Brown and we live in Yorkshire, UK, with our 6 rescue cats. Donna has been blogging for about four years and David for three.  We set up our combined blog – B-Lines and Felines – last month.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

Donna – I’m currently reading The Violinist’s Thumb

David – I’m currently reading Crime Fiction for Beginners

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

We have a joint dream to live in Cologne,  Germany

What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

We both love the fact that even though it’s our blog, there’s new content for us both every day when Donna reads David’s posts and vice versa.

Where do you see your blog in five years?

Hopefully a strong platform with lots of great entertainment news and features!

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Donna – ‘7 Things That Make Me Hate Review Requests‘ – I worried it would be too negative but people thanked me for writing it.

Dave – ‘Top Ten Novels: Norwegian Wood‘ – I love that book so it was great to feature it

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Stephen Fry – he’s such a good writer, with such a wonderful grasp of the English language and how to use it perfectly. He’d make an amazing dinner guest!

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

It’d be quite cool to visit the hotel from The Shining – but very spooky and we’d have to avoid room 237!

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

We love the way everyone works together to support one another and drive traffic for each other.

Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Not really, although we probably embrace variety a little more and also have discovered many more indie/self-published authors than we were aware of previously.

PS. We answered all the questions because there’s two of us!

Why not leave a link to your Armchair BEA introduction?

Author: Donna Brown Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats. Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'.

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0 Responses to "Armchair BEA: Introductions"

  1. Donna
    Donna 3 years ago .Reply

    Great to learn a little more about you guys.

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks Donna – loved your Vlog. Wonder if I can talk Mr B into our video debut – so far it has only been cats!

  2. Jessica
    Jessica 3 years ago .Reply

    I love the title of your blog! I read your 7 things that you hate about review requests and I really liked it. Sending me an email without reading my review policy is the number one turn off for me, too. So nice to meet you!

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks so much Jessica! Great to 'meet' you and will be stopping by to visit your blog!

      • aquariann
        aquariann 3 years ago .Reply

        I adore the name of your blog, too, how cleverly cute! Also, thanks so fairy much to Donna for leaving such a sweet comment on my monkey photo last week. ^.^

        • David M. Brown
          David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

          Thank you for visiting and commenting.

          My wife came up with the name. She's a clever one ;)

  3. alchemyofscrawl
    alchemyofscrawl 3 years ago .Reply

    I'm leaving my link as you requested. Enjoying the Twitter conversation!

    http://alchemyofscrawl.bookbloggerscollaborative….

  4. Liviania
    Liviania 3 years ago .Reply

    I like the things you hate about review requests post. Even more than my name not being used, I hate getting things addressed to a random name.

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks Liviania – these are small things but don't they make such a difference?!

  5. Angela D.
    Angela D. 3 years ago .Reply

    Donna & David, it is so fun to get to know you both a bit better. Donna, that review request post was definitely a great one. Now that you have a combined blog, I'm reading more of David's stuff as well. I love that you cover so many more topics by blogging together.

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks Angela – I loved your post too and hope people will stop on by!

  6. Heather
    Heather 3 years ago .Reply

    I love that you blog together!

    My uncle stayed in the hotel from The Shining a few years ago and sent me a picture of the door to that room. I guess he didn’t get to go inside, but he wanted to.

    People have been choosing so many wonderful authors to have dinner with–Stephen Fry is another one. That would be fantastic.

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing about your uncle, Heather! I bet it was an unnerving experience, even though the story is fictional. It still gives me chills!

  7. Kristin
    Kristin 3 years ago .Reply

    I love the name of your blog! I definitely think that blogging expands the ways for people to find out about new books that they never thought that they could read, that is one of the things I love about doing it. Hope you have a nice day!

    Kristin

    youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks Kristin – so pleased you visited and left your link. Now we can visit back!

  8. beckie
    beckie 3 years ago .Reply

    hiya *waves* fellow yorkshire lass here lol. I saw your background and thought wow that looks like yorkshire, lol. then i saw your intro :) Where abouts in yorkshire are you from? I think it's great that you are doing this together x My other half just wont :(

    hope u enjoy thisweekx

    • Donna Brown
      Donna Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Hi Beckie! Thanks so much for dropping by – always nice to meet another Yorkshire lass! We're in West Yorkshire (Huddersfield) – how about you? Will be stopping by your blog so I think I'll find out lol!

  9. Kailana
    Kailana 3 years ago .Reply

    How fun! Great to read about both of you. :)

  10. Poof Books
    Poof Books 3 years ago .Reply

    Love the notion of the joint blog, good way to introduce it via Armchair BEA12. I like the witty tone of your post above and look forward to visiting again to see how this joint effort is progressing.

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thank you. We're delighted to have joined forces :) My wife is the brains behind the operation. I just make the cup of tea :)

  11. Marg
    Marg 3 years ago .Reply

    I love that you blog together! Must be so much fun!

    Enjoy your Armchair BEA experience this week.

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thanks for commenting. It's been great working together. We're seldom short of blog posts which is good. We always want to give readers something new to read :)

  12. Chrystal
    Chrystal 3 years ago .Reply

    I love that you blog together. :)

    • David M. Brown
      David M. Brown 3 years ago .Reply

      Thank you :)

      It works well for us as we tend to cover different subjects. I focus more on films but we both have a passion for books and writing :)

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