As I embarked on a blog tour to promote The Destiny of Shaitan, one of the first exciting reviews I received was from Misty Rayburn. She got me! She totally understood the nuances of what I was trying to say, perhaps even better than myself in many ways. What attracts a prolific book reviewer from Columbus, Ohio to fantasy inspired by Indian mythology? I wondered. Here, next in my Reader Avatars series, I pose Misty a few questions to find the shared links.
a. What is most important thing for you in this life? To make a difference. I have a bad back so sometimes I feel absolutely useless. I think everyone wants to be useful, to have that feeling of being special.
b. What makes you happy? Lots of things! My pets, playing games with my friends on the weekends. I have a fiancee who is wonderful and he cheers me on to do crazy things like start a book blog. The book blog itself brings me a lot of happiness. It fulfils what we talked about before. I also have a passion for photography. Before my back started getting bad, I was a concert photographer and when I didn't have a show to shoot, I'd take pictures of anything. Mom's flowers in the yard, my cats and dogs. Everyone was fair game!
|The Red Maple on the side of Misty's house|
c. Which book/ non-fiction/ prose/ movie had the greatest impact on you. Why? Beyond Justice by Joshua Graham has had the greatest impact on me. It was the first book I reviewed for The Top Shelf and the response from my readers was just mind blowing for me. It was then that I realized that people cared about what I thought and that maybe this thing was gonna work. Here I am a year and eight months later and some of the books in my review pile I'm shocked that I even got sent to me.
d. Do you believe in life on other planets? Absolutely! If there's life here, why can't there be life somewhere else?
e. What do you like/ challenge about The Destiny of Shaitan? The pop culture references! Adding the mythology was great too. You took familiar things and mixed them with the unknown. I know I didn't know every myth you used and when I got to the end where you explained, I was in awe.
A personal thanks to Misty from me for being so awesome :)
Misty Rayburn is a graduate from Capital University with a BA in English Literature. She was a live event photographer, covering a lot of Columbus’ local scene but a back injury kept her out of the scene for two years. While recovering, she created The Top Shelf. Misty doesn’t have a TBR list, she has a mountain! Do visit Top Shelf, its a great resource for readers & authors alike! You can find Misty here