Armchair BEA Intro: The Self-Interview

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As many of you know, today is the beginning of the annual BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City. I hope to attend one day, but since it wasn’t in the cards this year, I signed up for Armchair BEA, an online event that allows bloggers and book lovers to still enjoy some of the festivities via live streaming and Internetworking, among other things. The armchair is pretty much my favorite place in my home so this should be fun and comfy.

The first thing we have to do is introduce ourselves via a self-interview, choosing 5 questions from a predesignated list. Here are my answers.

Q: What is your favorite feature on your blog?

Pop Culture Nerd: This will sound super cheesy, but it’s the comments section. Yes, I enjoy reviewing books and movies, and interviewing authors, and sharing random stories, but I would just be a nerd silently doing a face plant in the forest if people didn’t take time to leave funny, insightful, encouraging comments. I love the conversations they engender.

Q:ย What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

PCN: Hogwarts. I want to eat in the Great Hall, play quidditch (as a beater, of course), hang out in front of the fire in the Gryffindor common room, and just run around the grounds. Scratch that—I’d probably fly on my broomstick since I’m too lazy to run anywhere. I want the whole experience in getting there, too: running through the wall on Platform 9 3/4, the journey on the train, and the boat and carriage rides toward the castle. The closest I got to being teleported was a couple of years ago, when my friend Mari transformed her home into Hogwarts for Thanksgiving.

Q:ย Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

PCN: Many know I’m a huge Star Wars nerd, but I don’t think they know I got to meet Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. No, I didn’t jump on her. She surprised me by lifting me right off my feet.

Q:ย If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

PCN: [Mr. PCN, skip to the next question] Elvis Cole from Robert Crais‘s novels. He’d have to cook, at his A-frame house, and we’d eat on his deck overlooking the canyons. Afterward…who knows?

Q:ย Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

PCN: The response to my Memorial Day post from two years ago was overwhelmingly kind, so I’ll link to that. For something lighter, check out my fake FTC disclosure.

OK, those are my five. I don’t want this to be a one-way conversation, so I’d love for you to answer some of these Qs in the comments if you’re not a blogger who already did one of these interviews. Even if you’re a regular here, I’m sure there are loads of things I don’t know about you!

Many thanks to the tireless ABEA team—Emily, Amy, Danielle, Tif, Chris, Pam, Julie, Florinda, and Michelle—for organizing this event!

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    heather
    June 4, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Hogswarts is a great choice.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      And a popular one!

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    Maidenveil
    June 4, 2012 at 4:10 am

    You’ve met Carrie Fisher! Princess Leia in the flesh! Ok, I am a Star Wars nerd too. It’s just sad none of my friends share my passion for it. That’s another reason why I love the book blogging community, a lot of us understands the Force. *wink*

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      What do you mean your friends don’t share your passion for STAR WARS?? Why are they your friends? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah @ Sarah Says Read
    June 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Ooooo Hogwarts is such a genius answer!!! And I love that you said your favorite part of our blog was the comments, that’s so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy ABEA!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I tried to leave a comment at your site but it wouldn’t let me! It wants me to log in with a WP.com ID but I’m self-hosted on WP.org. Nuts. There’s a good reason for you to switch right there!

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    Ryan
    June 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I have to admit that meeting Carrie Fisher would be pretty cool.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      I cried, because it was a surprise. The best kind.

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    Debz
    June 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love your answers! I definitely want to visit Hogwarts, too. I managed to make my way to Platform 9 3/4, but then some muggles caught me!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Oh, no! Hope you weren’t taken to Azkaban.

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    Laura@Bunny Tales
    June 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

    The comment section… of course! What a superb answer!! ๐Ÿ™‚ me too.

    Star Wars rules! I’m old enough that I saw the first movie the first week in the sold out theater. Nothing compares. ever. ๐Ÿ™‚ except meeting Carrie Fisher would. Lucky!

    See you around ABEA! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Wow! I saw it in 1978, when it was re-released in theaters. I saw it again in a theater when it had its 25th anniversary. It’s fun to see it with a crowd of diehard fans.

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    Amanda
    June 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I think most of us would love to go to Hogwarts!! Awesome blog!! Welcome to BEA

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Let’s meet for lunch in the Great Hall. I claim the chicken leg!

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    Britta
    June 4, 2012 at 8:26 am

    One of my favorite features on my blog is the comment section too, lol. It is so awesome to hear when readers like what you’re writing, or your content! I’ve just posted my Armchair BEA post as well, and thought I’d stop by to say hello! Hope you enjoy this week!

    Britta
    novelday.blogspot.com

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      The comments make me happy, and the site better. I’d just be talking to myself otherwise.

      I’m glad you stopped by. I left a comment at your place, too!

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    Valerie
    June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    So if a nerd faceplants in the woods, does anyone notice? They do if there following!!!!!

    Thanks for participating.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

    • Reply
      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for being there to witness my face plant!!

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    Viklit
    June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Great website, as a fellow Star Wars fan I love that photo. Meeting Leia – how awesome!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      It was SO amazing. Vader was there, too. But he didn’t hug me. And he’s not my father.

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        Viklit
        June 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

        Hee! A hug from Vader would be scary ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          Pop Culture Nerd
          June 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

          And make me lose a limb.

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    Ashley
    June 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You’re the first person I’ve seen to mention the comments section as your favourite feature. And now that I’ve seen that, I totally think you’re right! I think that comments are what keep many book bloggers going and motivate us to continue. Sometimes pageviews and followers just aren’t enough. It’s the interaction that really drives us to keep going ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really fulfilling!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Without comments, I’d probably have given up after a month. Thanks for leaving one!

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    Laura Benedict
    June 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    You should interview yourself more often–what a fun post. I adore the pic of you w/ Carrie Fisher. You both look so happy.

    I would definitely want to visit Manderley, but I’d wouldn’t want to dine with the contemporary Mrs. de Winter. I’ve always found her to be strangely dull. I’d want to eat with Tony Hill from Val McDermid’s novels. He would be fascinating, and cute, and would probably say inappropriate but completely innocent things!

    I’ll be visiting BEA in my armchair, too. Someday the real thing, I hope…

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Carrie Fisher was so great to me. As I mentioned above, I cried because it was a surprise for me to meet her.

      I want in on your dinner with Tony Hill! I’d say inappropriate things on purpose just to see how he’d analyze me.

      Maybe someday we can attend BEA together?

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        Laura Benedict
        June 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        Best. Dinner. Ever!

        And, yes. Let’s do attend. But I’m not going until I get my own booth. Dammit!

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    Stephanie @LittleRedReads
    June 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    It’s so great to meet you!!
    Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
    Here’s my post: http://little-red-reads.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions.html

    xo Stephanie

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      You, too, Stephanie! Enjoy your week.

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    SueCCCP
    June 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hi There!

    Judging by the answers, Hogwarts is going to be very busy! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I know! I might get wait-listed and not be able to get in ’til next year.

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    Paulette
    June 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great interview! Mr. PCN need not worry, as I also will be attending the dinner at Elvis Cole’s home. I am happily willing to chaperone and/or throw you off the deck…

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      What the…? Who invited you? I’ll tell Elvis to lock his doors. And windows.

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        Paulette
        June 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        I have amazing lock picking skills…

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    Ruth Harris
    June 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I will be at Elvis Cole’s A-frame, with Joe Pike and the cat. We’re going to sit on the deck, breathing slowly, watching the lights come on and then go off again, listen to the silence and watch the hawks hover on the evening thermals. The cat likes me. I’m a cat-whisperer. Food is optional.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      You’ll have to wrangle your own invitation on a separate night because mine is a private dinner. With dessert.

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        Ruth Harris
        June 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

        There will be a call from Lise just as you are tucking in to the cannoli.

        You know it.

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          Pop Culture Nerd
          June 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          Who is Lise?

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            Ruth Harris
            June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

            Of course I meant Luce. Too much Elizabeth this weekend.

            Confused ? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alissa
    June 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Your Memorial Day post was beautiful, as were the images that you shared within that post. Thank you for linking to it.

    Also, the Harry Potter Thanksgiving is just ingenious and fantastic. I wish I could celebrate like that!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read my Memorial Day post, Alissa. And my friend Mari celebrates every Thanksgiving in a BIG way. Here’s what she did last year. I’m very lucky that she keeps inviting me!

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    Somer
    June 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog! I also love comments, it makes the blogging experience so much more meaningful! Have a great week! BTW-I totally want a friend who would transform her home into Hogwarts!! So jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      If you lived in L.A., I bet Mari would let me take you to her house. She’s a hardcore HP fan (obviously), so she’d welcome like-minded people!

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    Helga
    June 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Ha! I enjoyed your fake FTC disclosure!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      June 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks for reading it! I had fun writing it.

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    Tea Time with Marce
    June 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I love that you put comments ๐Ÿ™‚ It takes time to figure out who responds back to comments, so I will come back more often. I have recently started following by email.

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    Christine McCann
    June 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Fun interview, as usual! As you know, your Memorial Day post is a favorite of mine. I’ve forwarded that post to family & friends not on Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books
    June 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I love reading comments too. ๐Ÿ™‚ The more the better!

    LOve that picture of you and Carrie Fisher!

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    Chrisbookarama
    June 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, what a photo! I love getting comments too. Can’t say I don’t.

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    stacybuckeye
    June 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Love the pic of you and the princess ๐Ÿ™‚ What a hoot!

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