For the second day of BBAW, we are asked to post our interview swap – This is Interview Swap PART 1 (PART 2 later today) and I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Jean from Maurice on Books. We had a lovely chat and here is our interview…

BCC: Hi Jean, welcome to BCC, I hope you’re having a great first BBAW – So let’s get started. When and why did you start blogging?

Jean: I started my blog two years ago. My daughter who is has been blogging for five years encouraged me. She teased me with the promise of making me a header for my blog with my first post. I was hooked. I had been working at B&N for ten years and my customers always ask “what are you reading”? No better way for them all to keep current with my reading. Plus, so many people from Florida live in Northern cities during the summer months.

My blog is mostly short reviews of books, but every so often I like to throw in something about the publishing business or a tid bit about one of my cats. After all, my blog is named after my oldest cat Maurice.

BCC: What genre do you like to read the most and why?

Jean: I love fiction. Love it. I have been known to read some lighter works, but mostly, I love literary novels of substance. I am a huge fan of Pat Conroy’s BEACH MUSIC and Julie Orringer’s THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE. When I find an author and title I love, I will go above and beyond to promote him or her.

BCC: What’s been the highlight of your blogging experience so far?

Jean: The highlight of my blogging experience so far has been meeting two of my favorite authors through the blog. Abraham Verghese, the author of CUTTING FOR STONE found my blog and made such a lovely comment. That led me to meeting him at the Miami Book Fair last fair. I met Alan Drew through his agent. Alan is the author of GARDENS OF WATER.

BCC: Do you buy most of your books or do you visit your local library?

Jean: I buy very few books these days. Lucky me. I get ARC’s from publishers and agents, and I am lucky to be able to borrow new books from work. It is one of those perks of working at a bookstore. I do get books from the public library as well.

BCC: Tell us a little bit about where you live.

Jean: I live in Bonita Springs, Florida. It is an small art town on the coast of S.W. Florida. It’s a little bit of heaven on earth. I live near the shore. Our area is very seasonal; we have what are known as “snow birds” who have homes here in the winter and “up north” in the summer.


Thanks so much Jean, it was a pleasure to ‘meet’ you and have you here on Book Chick City as part of BBAW 2010! :)

You can read my interview with Jean on her blog Maurice on Books!
Don’t forget to come back later today for “BBAW: New Treasure Interview Swap – PART 2”, an interview between myself and Laura. We set out 15 fun questions that we both answer – some of those questions were tough!


Tuesday’s BBAW Giveaway – Open Worldwide!

You have the chance to win a book of your choice (up to £6) as long as the Book Depository ships to your country.

To enter please follow these rules:

1. Click here to see if Book Depository delivers to your country. DO NOT enter if your country is not listed!
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4. One entry per person please.

Winners announced Sunday 19th Sept.



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Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) September 14, 2010 at 6:15 am

thank you! 😀


Ladytink_534 September 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks for the great giveaway!


sRy_ September 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

thanks for the chance! :)


Charlie September 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

I've not heard of Jean's blog before. I like that she's been able to advise customers on books, her hobby and work blending together in that way!


irisonbooks September 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

I hadn't heard of this blog before but it sounds wonderful. And she got to meet abraha, Verghese! I'm so jealous!


Beth F September 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

A new to me blogger — but I think I might want to move to Jean's town; I loved her description: "It's a little bit of heaven on earth"


Michelle September 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I have heard of Jean's blog but have not had the pleasure of checking her out yet. Great inteview!


Laura Summers September 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Fun interview!
I quite fancy moving to Florida at the moment with the terrible weather here :-)


gautami tripathy September 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Good interview!

Here is my BBAW: Interview post!


Serena September 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

no need to enter me, but I love these interviews and what a great question about whether she buys books or goes to the library. I'm always curious about that!


Valerie September 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

An art town? Sounds like a wonderful place to live, Jean!


Rabid Fox September 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Yet another fantastic giveaway. You're the bestest. :)


iamjenai September 15, 2010 at 1:33 am

wanna wanna win nice give away!


linaramz September 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thanks for the giveaway!


Jean Lewis September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Thanks to all the wonderful book bloggers who left such nice comments about the interview. I do live in a wonderful part of Florida. The beaches are pristine and the summers are quiet.

And, just a tidbit, Abraham is working on his next book. It was wonderful having lunch with him and getting to know him. He is such a gentleman, and so sweet and smart! We keep in touch.

Thanks again. So nice to "meet" all of you.


linaramz September 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!


Sasha September 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

Please enter me in the drawing. This is such a generous giveaway — thanks for making it worldwide!



jeanette8042 September 17, 2010 at 8:36 am

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!


latishajean September 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Thank you very much Nice contest!


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