Jenre shouldn’t really need any introduction here as not only has she been to the last two Meets, but she’s a prolific blogger/reviewer of LGBTQ fiction. However, my main memory of Jenre is now always going to be that moment at the burlesque show in Brighton at the last Meet, when I accidentally spilled my beer all over her ample bosom and then proceeded to mop it up with a paper towel. Not sure we can top that one, Jen!
In real life I’m a shy, capable, slightly frazzled wife, Church administrator and Mother of four who spends far too much time printing out and folding leaflets; picking up stuff and putting it away; and dealing with the ginger terrors, two cats whose sole aim seems to be to try and prevent sleep by sitting on my head when I’m in bed. In cyber life I’m a bossy, opinionated blogger and reviewer, with a weakness for pimping my favourite books and authors. I have been known to be ‘refreshingly honest’.
2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!
I hate shopping and would happily buy everything over the Internet if I could get away with it.
3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?
Where to begin? It’s been a huge part of my reading life for 5 years now and my tastes and feelings about the genre have changed and developed as time has gone on. Nowadays, it’s the knowledge that this genre attracts such a diverse set of people who are often funny, brilliant and write cracking good books. I’ve made so many new friends through a shared love of LGBTQ romance especially reviewers and bloggers who share my tastes. In terms of the stories themselves, I like the breadth and scale of the themes and sub-genres which means I always have something new and different to read in the genre.
4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?
Meeting up with old friends, making new ones and having a good old chin wag about the books I love.
5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?
I feel like I should say something risqué like I would like a hoard of half naked nubile young men to crash the event, but to be honest if that happened I’d probably either die of embarrassment or hastily leave the room! Instead my wish is probably rather mundane and therefore more likely to come true. I wish that I would come away from the event feeling like I’ve actually managed to talk to everyone I want to talk to. Boring but true!
Well Read blog: http://jenre-wellread.blogspot.com
Brief Encounters Reviews: http://briefencountersreviews.com