Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Interview with Tanya Patrice of

September 11, 2012 General, Interviews 12



BLOG:  Girlxoxo

BLOGGER:  Tanya Patrice



When I signed up to participate in the Book Blogger Appreciation Interview Swap, I was really excited when I was partnered with Tanya Patrice of Girlxoxo.  I just happen to be a blog subscriber and fan of Girlxoxo.  For me, it was perfect.  It provided a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the talent behind one of my favorite blogs.  If you aren’t familiar with Girlxoxo, let’s remedy that…read the interview and then stop by the site to say hello to Tanya Patrice.


She-Wolf Interview

SWR: Tell me a bit about yourself and your blog – when and why did you start it?

The girl behind is Tanya Patrice, a 30 something // avid reader // runner // hiker // road bike warrior // duathlon loving // wife // part-time chemistry professor // upstate NY dweller but firmly rooted in the Caribbean sand & sea (from the island of Jamaica).

In it’s present incarnation, Girlxoxo got started in October 2011 – it’s about “bookish things” as I like to say, because I don’t just do traditional book reviews – instead, I have short book discussions, thematic lists with books I’ve read or want to read, & a weekly “reading & eating” feature.

SWR:  What do you love about blogging?

I like being a part of such a vibrant community of readers, and the creative aspect of blogging – coming up with themes, lists and graphics to match every post.

SWR:  I have major blogger envy – I love the look of your blog. I always wondered if you did your own photos and graphics (your fonts rock). Do you do your own photos and graphics and what was the inspiration for the look of your blog?

95% of the photos I take myself with a regular digital camera. The other 5% of the time, I use pictures from Flickr with a Creative Commons license that allows for use with attribution. I download free fonts from – and create a graphic from my photos & the font using Photoshop. I usually just crop the picture, brighten it up & sharpen the image. Then add the font. I don’t want to spend money on props, so I use whatever is at home – like kids toys  – in the picture below I used some army men from the dollar store that the kids had laying around.



(10 Tips on Book Blogging That Will Help You Win Friends & Influence People)

– and of course books make excellent props.



(September Book Release Excitement)


SWR: I also appreciate the genre hopping in your reading. Tell me your favorite zombie book, your favorite YA book, and your favorite adult fantasy book of 2012 (so far)?

Fave zombie book read during 2012: Deadline, Mira Grant
Top 2 Young Adult Books: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
Favorite Adult Fantasy: God’s War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #1), Kameron Hurley … really unique world.


SWR:  Give me a favorite quote from a book?

I don’t keep track of quotes from books, but there is one by an author that I have on my blog which is there to remind me to DO ME and not get too caught up in what others are doing/ reading, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami.


SWR:  Food is a big part of your blog and the Reading and Eating feature always has my mouth watering. Pair a dish to the 3 books you recently read.

The Help, Kathryn Stockett – Smothered fried pork chops with gravy – the best thing I ever ate when I lived in the South (USA) where this book was set.

A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin – Beef jerky & cheap box wine. I’m thinking of Jon Snow and the men on the wall … beef jerky lasts forever & everybody in this book drinks a LOT of alcohol.

Deadline, Mira Grant– Aloo Matar (Curried Potatoes & Green Peas) … anything vegetarian really. If I’m reading about zombies, or living in a world where zombies exist, I’m not going to eat meat!

SWR:  Finally, who are some of your favorite author blogs?
NK Jemisin 
Genevieve Valentine 
Ren Nova Suma 


Now that you’ve met Tanya Patrice, stop by and say hello! 


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12 Responses to “Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Interview with Tanya Patrice of”

  1. Opal

    Great interview! I plugged her blog into my Google Reader! And hey, thanks for the shout out in your interview with her. 😀

    • shewolfreads

      Thanks for your shout out, too! Glad you like her blog. The books she covers are very diverse. It’s one of my fav blogs!

  2. Literary Feline

    I am knew to both your blogs and have to say I’m in love! You both have such wonderful blogs and I really enjoyed your interviews with each other. I now know where to come for my paranormal/fantasy fix!

    • shewolfreads

      So glad you stopped by! I’ll be visiting your blog, too. Love finding new book blogs!

  3. Jayla | LadyBlueJay

    I love Girlxoxo! I always wandered about her pics and images too. I am glad you asked that question, lol.

    I am so upset that I missed this awesome appreciation week, but I will be sure to look out for it next time around! 🙂

    • shewolfreads

      Her photos and fonts are fantastic! Serious blogger envy here. 🙂 I didn’t have time to participate in all of the events but I plan on doing it next year! Thanks for stopping by Jayla!