Hello ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first of hopefully many blogger interviews that will happen on this blog.
I have had a guest blog post, and an author interview, so I am excited to have my first blogger interview, with the amazing Myta, from over on Oro Plata Myta.
I asked Myta eight questions, some silly, some serious.
Who are you, what do you do, and where can people find you?
I’m nonbinary-pansexual, using they/them pronouns. By trade I’m a digital marketing professional, specializing in search engine optimization and content marketing. On the side, I do editing gigs – proofreading, sensitivity reading, and beta reading. You can get to know me more on my blog: oroplatamyta.wordpress.com
Tell us a bit about yourself outside of your blogging life.
When I’m not blogging or reading, I’m a certified digital marketing professional. I work for a digital agency based in Australia but has a team here in Manila.
I’m also a mental health advocate and an active member of a cat care group in my area. Along with my husband, I own a gym in my husband’s hometown down south of the Philippines, which I visit once or twice a year. I also help my mom out with her own editing work (she’s more into non-fiction whereas I’m into fiction).
Why do you like reading?
I started reading when I was 2 or 3 years old, and from simple picture books, it grew from there. I was more interested in a fantasy world than the real world because anything’s possible.
But for a long time, when I graduated from college and tried to see where I fit in this world, I hardly read. If I did, I’d have long reading slumps that would last six months to a year and a half. But then in 2018 my love for reading came back, and I remembered what I loved about reading: It takes me somewhere and helps me face my problems when I’m back in the real world. It’s like a medicine that has really great benefits (and the only side effects are a couple of sleepless nights).
What are your thoughts on garden gnomes?
Well, there aren’t garden gnomes in the Philippines, but we have a type of creature we share with Mexico: the duende. I revere their existence.
When I used to live in a house with a garden, I sometimes offered fruits to them or to whoever just wanted something to eat. We’d have a small fountain in one area of the house so that they have some place to drink. We hardly got sick, and when we did, it would last for only a day or two. When we forget to place food, someone gets into a household accident. Very minor, but it’s a warning. Never forget to feed a duende.
What is your favourite genre(s)?
I like reading fantasy: epic, military, heist, paranormal, dark, etc. especially stories with mythological creatures from other cultures. I also like contemporary romance. I put high priority on QPOC/POC stories.
If you had to only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Honestly, it would be Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger. I really hate how I was able to finish it in one weekend, but also loved that it was extremely engaging.
I couldn’t put it down. When it was over, I actually cried a bit. Like, literal tears. And the fact that Paul has Filipino heritage and added it in his novel was an added bonus. It’s not every day you find a book like Steel Crow Saga.
If you had to recommend a book to someone you didn’t know anything about, which book would you recommend?
Aside from Steel Crow Saga, I’d recommend everything by Rin Chupeco. We need more Filipino authors in the mainstream.
If you could be any famous author for a day (dead or alive) who would you be?
Definitely Fyodor Dostoevsky. I spent an entire month reading his more popular novels/novellas: Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov.
Skill Testing Question: What Colour is Money?
Depending on where you live, it’s rainbow colored. 😛
I want to thank Myta so much for such an awesome interview! I loved reading about the duende!
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