Friday, August 29, 2014

Blogger Interview: Mckenzie Kate from A Belle's Tales

This is a feature I decided to start doing since I figure it is a fun way to get to know other bloggers and maybe help some people find some new awesome blogs to follow. Today I had the pleasure to interview one of my very favorite bloggers in the world Mckenzie Kate from A Belle's Tales.

Hey Mckenzie Kate, thank you so much for dropping by the blog today! Super excited to have you here *spins around the room* 
Hi!! *waves* I'm so excited to be here! Thank you for having me! 

So, tell me, what was it that made you fall in love with reading? 
Well, when I was growing up, my mom read to me all the time, which made me adore stories and books of all kinds. That combined with her own love of books made me the reader I am today! 

What is your favorite thing about blogging? 
There are so many things I love about blogging! For starters, I love being able to express myself and my thoughts on books and chat with other readers around the blogosphere about those books. It's also an opportunity to expand your interests -- by reading different genres based on a positive review, by discovering a new interest based on someone's blog, etc. Honestly, blogging brings about so many possibilities and I love experiencing them all! 

You are much younger than a lot of other bloggers out there. As a younger reader (areal life young adult!) what do you think you can bring to your reviews that an adult reviewing young adult books cannot? 
I think as a younger reader, I can bring a different perspective than an adult considering there are some things in these books that I've never experienced, such as falling in love, for example. I can take lessons from the characters' experiences and how they handled something, or I can think of how I might do something differently. Plus reading about characters my age, I may be able to see the reasoning behind some of their actions a little more clearly. 

Do you think most young adult books accurately portray teens today? Speaking as a teen yourself. 
I've read some that are right on the money, and I've read some that are bit off and kind of stereotypical. It really depends on the author and how firm of a grasp they have on a teenager's thought process and emotions. 

I know I get attached to some of the posts I do on the blog; are there any posts you have done that you love more than the others? Why? 
My review of Entwined (my first-ever review on the blog), my interview with the lovely authors of The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow (my first-ever interview), my review of The Warble by Victoria Simcox (she was the first author to send me a signed copy of her book for review -- so special),  my review of Coyote Autumn because that is a book that will always be near and dear to my heart, my reviews of Finn Finnegan and Gideon's Spear because those are most definitely two of my all-time favorites, and my interview with the fabulous Darby Karchut -- just to name a few, haha. 

I have to ask. Favorite books? List as many as you want! 
Ms. TeresaMaryRose, that is such an unfair question! Hahaha. I'll try to narrow it down: The Fault in Our Stars, Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, Coyote Autumn, The Adventures of Finn MacCullen series, Entwined, The Iron Fey series, The Percy Jackson series, The Harry Potter series, The Warriors Saga, The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games series, The Mortal Instruments series, Divergent, Eleanor & Park -- there are so, so, so many, but I'll stop here. :) 

Ohh how I love that list! There are so many amazing books there!
As a fellow Harry Potter and Percy Jackson nerd, I must ask you the following: 
If you could ask J.K. Rowling one question what would it be and why? 
Ooooohhhh, I LOVE this question so much! I would have to ask her if she ever considered making Draco and Hermione a thing? I'm a major Dramione shipper, lol. 

Same for Rick Riordan? 
Honestly, I would probably ask him if he would consider putting me in his next book as a love interest friend for Percy. 

What is your favorite Percy Jackson book (including the new series)? 
Well, I've only really read the first series, so I'll have to say The Last Olympian. I absolutely loved that one for many reasons that I can't give due to being spoilery ;D 

You have to read the new series, especially if you loved the The Last Olympian! *wink wink*
If you had to pick, would you choose Percy Jackson or Harry Potter? 
Percy Jackson all the way. I love Harry, but Percy's my main man. 

Okay moving on. At Readers Live A Thousand Lives, it is law to discuss book boyfriends. So I must ask, who are your favorites? 

I was hoping you would ask me this. My absolute favorite book boyfriends are, in no particular order, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, I just love him), Augustus Waters, Ty from Stolen: A Letter to My Captor, Finn Finnegan, Jace Lightwood, Seth Clearwater, Peeta Mellark, Mr. Bradford from Entwined, Ash from the Iron Fey series, Four (I think we all know where that one comes from), Patch Cipriano from the Hush, Hush series, and Park from Eleanor & Park. 

So many book boyfriends on this list that I love too! I love that you included Ash! *sticks tongue out at your Puck loving Mom*
Now imagine you are stuck on a deserted island, and you can only have one book boyfriend and his book with you forever, which one do you want? 
Ohhhh.... ummmm... you know what?  Forget the boys, I want Katniss! lol 

Will Herondale or Jem Carstairs or Jace Lightwood? 
I've only read the first book in the Infernal Devices series and I've read almost all of the Mortal Instruments books, so I have to go with Jace. Although, that being said, I do love both Will and Jem so very much. 

We all love our book boyfriends, but I think us girls need some love too. Who are some of your favorite heroines and why? 
This is a great question!! 1) I adore Tris from Divergent because she is so incredibly brave and strong and never gives up no matter how hard her life gets. 2) Katniss is obviously a fighter, and I admire that, because even when people didn't believe in her and basically told her there was no way she was winning the games, she was determined and didn't let any negativity affect her. 3) I absolutely loved Raven from the Delirium series and even more so in her novella. I thought she was incredibly strong and the fact that she lost so much and still refused to give up shows that she's definitely the kind of person you want on your side in a battle. 

Vanilla or chocolate? 
Chocolate. *noms* 

Vampires or zombies? 
Vampires. *noms* 

Okay and to wrap this up, what are some of your favorite blogs? 
This has been so much fun!! Yeep! Okay, favorite blogs: Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Christie's Book Reviews, The Caffeinated Reviewer, Christy's Love of Books, Rabid Reads (Jessica is my GIRL), The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow, Rainy Day Ramblings. 

Thank you so much for having me on your fabulous blog today!  This was so much fun.  You made me feel like a rock star! <3


  1. Ow fun & bubbly! Nice to meet youMckenzie!

  2. That was a lot of fun, Teresa & McKenzie Kate! I didn't realize MK was a YA and I found it interesting that she's found some YA books to describe teens realistically, and others not so much. I do feel that some authors really create caricatures of teen and, although I'm not a teen, it's kinda insulting. I love that Stolen and Ty are on her lists of favorite books and book boyfriends. I, too, adore Stolen!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Mckenzie! Wow, what a terrific interview! Laughed out loud when I read you'd rather be stranded with Katniss on a deserted island. Good choice - she'd be a great help. Happy weekend and keep writing! Hugs!

  4. I love that McKenzie Kate is a younger reader. Most of the blogs I follow are adults, and I think we can be very jaded towards YA characters and actions. So good to have a younger perspective. Great interview, ladies!

  5. Great interview, ya'll! "Forget the boys...I want Katniss!" and "Vampires. *noms*" responses made me GIGGLE. I also LOVED getting a list of Mckenzie faves! *grabs pen and paper for TBR* <3 <3 <3

  6. My mum was the reason why I started reading as well! Mums are the best! :) Glad to meet you Mckenzie! Great interview, ladies :)

  7. Wifey. I adore this interview, and I'm not biased -- not one little bit, uh-uh, no way... HA! Thank you so much for interviewing my kiddo! This interview -- and the wonderful comments from your readers -- encourage her to continue reading and writing; and for that I am forever grateful. Love you OODLES!!

  8. Ms. TeresaMaryRose, thank you SO much for having me on the blog today!! I had so much fun doing this interview -- and the Puck and Ash thing cracked us both up! haha <3 And these comments are so, so sweet -- thank you, everyone! *big hugs* <3

    ~Mckenzie x

    1. no no no THANK YOU for doing this! I love the way this turned out, it was so much fun!

  9. I'm a vampire girl too. Just don't know what to do with zombies.

  10. I just adored this interview! Ms. Mckenzie is a sweetie! My mom was the reason I got into books as well!


  11. We are just seeing this interview with McKenzie and we love it! We are so thrilled that she mentioned the interview she did with us, because honestly she asked the most amazing questions! We love seeing her enthusiasm for reading. We hope she gets to talk to Rick Riordan because we would love to see her as Percy's friend (or love interest). :)

    Fabulous interview!!!
    Stephanie and Jess


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