Interview with Kristin Centorcelli (My Bookish Ways, SF Signal)

This morning I’m going to be chatting with Kristin Centorcelli, Editor in Chief at My Bookish Ways, Associate Editor at SF Signal, and reviewer at Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.

SCy-Fy: You write for two very busy genre blogs, Kristin. How do you organise your time?

KC: Coffee first, then in the a.m. I usually go through my mail for SF Signal and get any new posts into the system. In the early evening I usually schedule the next day’s posts for My Bookish Ways.

SCy-Fy: What are your future initiatives for My Bookish Ways?

KC: I think I’m at a really good place. I’m happy with the blog, and I enjoy myself, and as long as I keep enjoying it, then I’m good to go.

SCy-Fy: What do you think will be the major future challenges for SFF blogging?

KC: Oh goodness, I have no idea! The SFF community, on the whole, is very supportive, and I hope it stays that way. There are a lot of interesting voices that have a lot of interesting things to say. Otherwise, only time will tell…

SCy-Fy: What advice would you give people about appearing on the internet?

KC: Be professional. Be respectful. I shouldn’t have to say be nice, but there it is. Those things apply to authors, bloggers, everyone.

Don’t engage with the trolls. Do. Not. Engage.

SCy-Fy: What are the most useful resources you use?

KC: Oh gosh, I’ve become my own best resource over the years (my love of Excel spreadsheets is pretty well known). However, when I first started out, one of the best go-to places for blogger tips was Parajunkee, and still is.

SCy-Fy: Things that have kept you going in hard times?

KC: I think bloggers, writers, everyone has what I call “who cares” days. Days when you just don’t feel like blogging or writing, or you feel overwhelmed. I usually have a few go-to folks that I email that ALWAYS make me feel better (you know who you are), and of course, there’s always stepping away from it and doing something else. Stepping away can make a big difference sometimes. But, I guess, things that keep me going…I LOVE this community and its bloggers, authors, and fans, and I have a blast being among them.

SCy-Fy: Any controversy?

KC: Huh. Well, I can definitely say that you won’t find much controversy on my site. I very deliberately focus on the positive and tend to avoid polarizing topics. That said, kudos to those that aren’t afraid to tackle the controversial stuff. It’s just not me, though.

SCy-Fy: The best books of 2014?

KC: Yikes. So many. The Martian by Andy Weir, The Troop by Nick Cutter, Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun, Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea, City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer…

I’m sure I’m missing a few.

SCy-Fy: Which upcoming releases are you most looking forward to reading?

KC: About to dive into The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy, then there’s No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill, and Predator One by Jonathan Maberry, Bell Weather by Dennis Mahoney, The Silence by Tim Lebbon, Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn, The Awesome by Eva Darrows, The Dangerous Type by Loren Rhoads…again, the list can go on, and on, and on…

SCy-Fy: Thanks for your time, Kristin.

5 thoughts on “Interview with Kristin Centorcelli (My Bookish Ways, SF Signal)

  1. Reblogged this on SCy-Fy: the blog of S. C. Flynn and commented:

    The SF Signal site announced yesterday that it is closing. As if that wasn’t bad enough, associate editor Kristin Centorcelli has today announced that she will be closing her own site, My Bookish Ways.

    I interviewed Kristin a bit over a year ago. Among many other interesting things, Kristin said:

    “I’m happy with the blog, and I enjoy myself, and as long as I keep enjoying it, then I’m good to go.”


    “I think bloggers, writers, everyone has what I call “who cares” days. Days when you just don’t feel like blogging or writing, or you feel overwhelmed.”

    It’s a shame that Kristin is not continuing with her site. Thanks to her for her contribution to the genre community, and best of luck for the future!


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