I am really excited tonight because this person is one of the reasons this blog even exists today (thank them or blame them, as you see fit!) Her blog, The Writing Garnet was one of the very first book blogs I came across, and one which inspired my own attempts at blogging. She is a reading and reviewing machine, award-winning, and one of the nicest people you could ever wish to ‘meet’ in the bookish world. So, welcome to Friday Night Drinks…..Kaisha Holloway.
Kaisha, thank you so much for joining me for drinks this evening, I’m so thrilled you have joined me. First things first, what are you drinking?
Thanks so much for having me! I’ll have a cup of tea, two sugars and a splash of milk please!
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Waterstones in Edinburgh!
Oooh, what is so special about the Edinburgh Waterstones, you will have to expand for me one day. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Oh my, what a fabulous question! That’s an incredibly tough one as I admire so many people, however it would have to be Nelson Mandela and Eva Cassidy.
I don’t think we’ve had either of those as choices before. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Well during the day when my witches broom is put away, I’m usually found being a mummy to mini bookworm, Eva. Also, some people may know me as being The Writing Garnet, the blog I started back in 2016. I have a very soppy reason for starting my blog to be honest! I started it because I wanted to review books/host authors etc. as my way of saying thank you to the authors for writing books which have allowed me to escape from my day to day pain of being a multi-chronically ill person. I would love if blogging opened doors for me so that I could finally work from home though. Luckily I had the opportunity to be a PA to a popular author last year, as well as becoming a published writer when my article was published on Brides Magazine website.
That’s a fantastic reason for starting a blog. What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
Gosh, my proudest moment(s) has got to be when I won ‘Most Inspirational Blog’ at the Blogger Bash Awards in 2017, and when I won ‘Media Star of the Year’ at the RNA Industry Awards in 2018. I never expected to win awards with my blog, so I still cannot believe that that happened.
As for my biggest challenge, I think that would probably be finding the right words to do a book justice in reviews. I’m sure many other bloggers would agree with me when I say that, when we review lots of books, we end up using similar wording/phrasing for books in the same genre, and trying to find that word or phrase which describes that particular book can be incredibly hard when you just want to say something different.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I would love to write my own book and get it published. I have multiple ideas for adult fiction, as well as a recent idea for a children’s fiction book. I would also love to be able to work from home in a remote position as I cannot go out to work due to my illnesses and the fact that I homeschool my daughter!
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’m excited about the idea I came up with for a children’s book. I would have liked to have read a book like it when I was a child, so I am hoping the confidence will come for me to be able to do something with it and make that dream come true. Who knows!
You should give it a go. After all, nothing ventured! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
For me, wanting to travel and actually travelling are two different things! I have been to various places in the UK that I loved, however my all-time favourite place in the UK to visit was Whitby. It was the most beautiful, sensual place I have ever been to and I would go back in a heartbeat (pardon the pun).
As for bucket list, I have wanted to go to Australia since I was 3 years old. You would have thought the fact that I have family over there would have helped matters, but nope! A girl can dream!
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
Haha ermmmmm, now there’s a question! I can do the voice of ‘Pingu’? Does that count?
Oh, that’s a good one! I’d love to hear it. Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
I’m in shock! You don’t ask a bookworm this! Haha. I thought the previous question was hard! I’m going to answer this question based on the books I have read recently, although that doesn’t narrow it down as even they are in double figures. Anywho, it would be Postscript by Cecelia Ahern.
The long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller PS, I Love You!
It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.
Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…
I was in two minds about how I felt on hearing there was going to be a sequel, as I loved PS. I Love You so much, but hearing such great reviews of this book has persuaded me to buy a copy.
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Well seeing as I am on the tea, no hangover! Although when I was able to drink alcohol, I never had a hangover, even when I drank multiple beverages in one night. Soooooo, I don’t have an answer I’m afraid haha.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Sitting with a blanket, listening to the rain lashing down outside and losing myself in all of the books I bought from our wild night out in Waterstones!
Kaisha, thank you so much for coming on the blog this evening, and for being one of the reasons it exists!
Kaisha is looking for opportunities so, if anyone reading this knows of any remote working vacancies or people who are open to receive pitches in magazines and what not, she would love to be given the opportunity. You can get in touch with her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join me next week for Friday Night Drinks with blogger and author, Noelle Holten.