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, a bone of contention among certain Book Bloggers. 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.
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.
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 and in the Sheffield Telegraph. I am on the judging panel for the 2017 Not the Booker prize and on the reader panel for another national book prize. I am a regular contributor to Bookmunch.
If you would like me to review a book then please be aware that I do not read ebooks and rarely accept self published works unless personally recommended by someone whose literary opinion I respect. There are also certain genres that I do my best to avoid as I am unlikely to enjoy them. Please do not offer me erotica, romance or any books written to a formula. I like stories with breadth and depth. I like to be challenged. If you still wish to offer me a book then this is best done via direct message on Twitter.
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.