In the Spotlight ~ Little Hyuts

Once again it is time to spotlight another blogger, today Jill Marie is stopping by.  Take a few moments and meet Jill Marie and learn about her and her blog, Little Hyuts.

Her blog is dedicated to helping support indie and self-pub authors (mainly YA)through author interviews, giveaways, reviews and more!

"The most important thing for everyone to know about my blog is that it helps support indie authors"  :] 

Welcome Jill Marie!!

When and how did you decide to become a book blogger? 
I have been reviewing books for the major publishers since I started working for Barnes and Noble back in 2009. I have always loved to read and wanted to be able to share my thoughts on books with others. I also have a passion for baking so I decided to combine the two and start a blog. Initially, I just wanted something fun to pass the time. The more I got into it the more I realized there was definite potential for my blog! I decided to focus on supporting Indie and self-pub authors. I so admire the written word and indie authors really deserve more of the spotlight than they get. 

What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?
I would definitely say Time! I get so many review requests now! I had to buy a special calendar to plan out my posts :] 

What do you do when you are not blogging? 
Well, me and my fiance just got our first apartment together in March. We have a puppy and a new kitty that require a lot of attention. My fiance and I do not have normal 9-5 jobs, so I suppose you could call me a bit of a "house wife." I love to cook and bake and of course I am reading all the time. I love watching scy fy shows and Star Trek ^^ I am also active in my church and volunteer in their bookstore. Recently, I have started editing books for authors as well. 

You have a catchy name for your blog, tell us how you came up with the name, Little Hyuts? 
The history behind Hyuts is kind of lengthy. Hyuts itself is a catch phrase my fiance started back in high school. Over the years he and our group of friends started using it as their gamer tags and such. Since my fiance is the creator of the name he uses "Mega Hyuts." Since I am the only girl who uses it, we felt it was only right for mine to be "Little Hyuts." Surprisingly, Hyuts is now very well known and used in our town. We always get a huge kick out of hearing someone we do not know use it.

What genre(s) do you read, can you tell us what is it about the genre(s) that grabs your interest? 
I love and read any genre of books. For my blog I have concentrated on Young Adult. There is something so compelling about YA novels. I love how fun they can be. I also have a huge interest in Psychology books and read those quite often as well. My first major was in Psych and you should never stop expanding your knowledge on subjects you love. 

Who are your three favorite authors?
This is a hard one. Currently my favorite authors would be Jennifer Armentrout, Haruki Murakami and an indie author I recently worked with, M.L. Wooley. If I had to pick favorites from all time they would be: JK Rowling, Sharon Creech and Neil Gaiman. Those authors are probably the only ones where I have read a book of theirs numerous times. 

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Tell us more..
I have had several authors I would like to meet, Ray Bradbury was one of them. I actually did meet him at comic con a couple years ago and it was fabulous! The #1 author I would want to meet would be H.G. Wells. He is referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction." His work influenced some of our greatest science fiction themes today. I would be remiss if I did not include him! 

How big is your TBR pile? How many books do you read/review in a month? 
I have two separate TBR piles. One for blog reviews and another that is just for me! The Just for Me pile is quite long. I give precedence to books that are review requests, of course. On average I would say I read 25 books a month. 75% of those are usually for review. More often than not I include an interview with the author in my review post, so getting posts ready can take a while. The last couple months have been crazy full of ARCs and other requests. I might have to take a break on accepting them soon, we'll see. 

Finally, if someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
The Life and Times of a Little Hyuts :D On a more serious note, Living Through the Written Word might be acceptable as well. I would want them to write the biography where each chapter of life that is being written about is backed by a book that made an impact on me during that time. 

On a Personal Note:
Jill Marie was adopted when she was very young. All though she has yet to meet her birth parents, that adventure might very well be on the horizon.

Being an only child she developed a strong sense of independence and has always been better at reading by herself than playing organized sports.

Jill has worked in several different industries, one of her favorites has been healthcare. Some of her best life moments have been while caring for the elderly as a CNA.

She hopes to one day work for a publishing company as a copy editor and book PR (publicist).

She also wants (*dreams) to have at least two published children's books on adoption. On picture book and one beginning chapter book.

Follow her on Twitter   Find her on Goodreads. Most importantly become a follower of her blog and help support indie authors!

Thanks so much for doing this Kat! I appreciate you Spotlighting me and other bloggers!

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Ah! This looks so great! :D
Thanks so much for doing this Kat!

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