Since I started this blog in January 2013 it has moved in a number of different directions. I started out writing about my life and family, sharing my opinions on a variety of subjects: hen keeping; politics; my inability to cook; religion; social anxiety; parenting. If I was thinking about it then chances were I would write it down.
In 2014 I started to post more reviews of the books I was reading and within a few months realised I had morphed into what is known as a Book Blogger. I had joined a vibrant and friendly community of writers who share their literary love on social media.
As well as posting my reviews here I put them up on Amazon, where I am a Top 500 Reviewer, and on Goodreads, where I am a Top 1% Reviewer. My aim is to inform readers and support those who provide us with books. What I write will always be my honest opinion so not necessarily positive. No book will be enjoyed by everyone and nobody will enjoy every book they read.
I have conducted a series of author interviews, thereby enabling me to learn more about the writers behind some of the books I review. I have also published a series of interviews with independent publishers. I have a particular fondness for books published by the small presses and was delighted to be named a Literary Hero by Influx in 2016.
In recent years I have been attending more literary events. I try to write these up from notes taken on the night to give a flavour of the talks, discussions and questions asked of the various authors and other participants.
My writing adventure thus far has also taken me beyond this blog. I have written articles for sites such as Writers & Artists and Visit Bath. My reviews have been published by on line ‘zines, including Structo, and in the Sheffield Telegraph. One of my reviews was translated for inclusion in a work of criticism to be published in Mexico. I was on the judging panels for the 2017 Not the Booker prize and the 2017 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. In 2018 I was invited to join the judging panel for the Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Writing Competition. I am a regular contributor to Bookmunch.
Occasionally I write short stories, mainly micro and flash fiction. This pursuit has given me an insight into the skill and hard work required to create the books that give readers so much pleasure. I post my creations on my sister blog, Dreams and Demons. I have no plans to take my fiction writing any further – you may thank me for that.
If you would like me to review a book then please be aware that I do not read ebooks. There are also certain genres that I do my best to avoid as I am unlikely to enjoy them. You may check out my review policy by clicking here.
In June 2020 I took on an intern as an additional reviewer. Her reading preferences differ to mine and she will accept ebooks. Her bio – Robyn – may be found on the menu above.
Never Imitate remains my personal blog and I will not limit the topics I choose to write about. I hope that followers will accept this and enjoy the eclectic nature of some of my posts.
If you would like to know more about me then I am active on the following:
- Twitter Follow @followthehens
- Facebook: Never Imitate Blog
- Instagram: Jackie Law (@neverimitate)
- Goodreads: Jackie Law (NeverImitate)
New followers on whichever site you choose give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. Thank you for that.