Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

Blogger Highlight: Wicked Little Pixie

Wicked Little Pixie header

During 2012, I’m trying to highlight a few bloggers in the romance blogosphere just in case you all were looking for more resources for book recommendations. Today we are featuring Wicked Little Pixie. I’ve heard Natasha and Sara are from Canada but their blogging pals cover the rest of the U.S. with Pamela from Texas and Julie from Michigan.

1)  When did you first start blogging?

I started blogging way back in the My Dear Diary days back in the mid 90’s, then moved to LiveJournal & Xanga before finally settling on WordPress in last 2008. That’s when I made my blog 95% book related, prior to that there would be scattered book chat but nothing as concrete and focused as what we do now.

2)  What inspired you to blog?

Obvious answer aside (my love of reading), it was meeting a random woman at my first book singing (Sherrilyn Kenyon). This woman told me about all sorts of books I’d never even heard of because she had found them on book blogs. I was shocked, a blog 100% dedicated to talking about books. Count me in!

3) Describe what your blog does now?

When I changed to the all books format, it was strictly paranormal romance and urban fantasy reviews. Now we do YA, some erotica, contemporary and horror. Just reading the same genres and talking about them back to back to back takes a toll on you. We also do interviews, host guest bloggers and author tours and of course giveaways. Then we have rants, which are always fun to do and a lot of fun to interact in the comments with.

4) What is your favorite feature on your blog?

We have a feature that’s sort of random, where we speak to musicians about books. I’m a huge music fan, with extremely eclectic tastes. So bringing two things I love so much together and having it turn out to be so much fun has been pretty awesome. We’ve had Henry Rollins, Bono of U2 and lots local bands.

http://wickedlilpixie.com/2010/08/09/klayton-celldweller-on-books/

5) What is the best thing about blogging?

The community without a doubt is one of the best things about blogging. I have maybe two “real life” friends who read the genres I do, and no one that reads at my pace, so it was hard to connect with friends in terms of reading. I love being able to read a book with another blogger or reader at the same time, to share the WTF and OMG moments. Plus, I feel like we’re sort of a family now. I know blogger babies, birthdays, break ups and marriages and names of pets. We rally together as a dysfunctional family to offer support and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

6)  What is the worst thing?

I’d have to say, the community is also the worst thing about blogging. We tend to jump first and ask questions after, most of the time it’s really something that in the grand scheme of things doesn’t matter to us but we pitchfork. We are very protective of each other, which is great but some times it goes just a bit overboard.

7)  If you had the money, what would be the one thing you would hire someone to do for your blog?

Without a doubt if I had the money, the first thing I would do would be to hire someone to format all our blog posts! I absolutely detest the amount of time it takes to format each individual blog post to get it ready to publish. Especially when I have to not only do mine, but the rest of the ladies!

8)  How do you encourage or foster commenting?

We’re quite simple, if you comment we will reply. I notice most of our reviews never have any comments, so at least once every couple of weeks we’ll post something (a rant –  http://wickedlilpixie.com/2012/06/25/wlp-rants-condoms-in-romance/  – http://wickedlilpixie.com/2011/05/31/plagiarism-isnt-cool/ , an observation) that will get people talking and discussing.

9) What is the one book that you are excited about this year?

Endgame by Ann Aguirre, give it to me NOW!

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

25 Comments

  1. Brie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 07:24:22

    Those rants work because through one of then was that I discovered your blog ;-) Keep up the good work, ladies!

  2. Merrian
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 07:48:21

    I found Wicked Little Pixie this year and enjoy your ranty posts and the interviews too.

  3. Patricia Eimer
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 07:55:09

    I found you through a rant that a friend forwarded me the link to. So keep them up we all love them!

  4. Des Livres
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 08:30:08

    Thanks for this Jane – incidentally, I found you through smart bitches whom I found through readreactreview – just thought you might be interested to know.

  5. Mandi
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 08:37:01

    I love this blog ;)

    hey – come format my posts too! I weep when I have to do it sometimes ;)

    I’m dying for Endgame. DYING. So excited.

  6. Jennifer Armintrout
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 08:37:51

    I love Wicked Little Pixie! Thanks for doing the interview. They spend so much time informing us about books, it’s nice to learn about them for a change!

  7. Wicked Lil Pixie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:01:50

    @Brie:

    Thanks Brie!

  8. Wicked Lil Pixie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:02:10

    @Merrian: Thanks Merrian!

  9. Wicked Lil Pixie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:03:20

    @Patricia Eimer: Who knew my rants were popular! lol

    @Mandi: I hate formatting with a passion, I try to do it every Sunday so it’s the end of the week task. WANT Endgame!

  10. Wicked Lil Pixie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:03:38

    @Jennifer Armintrout: Aww thanks Jenn

  11. PJ Schnyder
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 09:05:50

    I found Wicked Little Pixie via an interview mentioning a favorite author. The rants gave the blog personality and I fell in love with the site.

    I think right around Halloween there was a photo round up taken inside a haunted house . Pixie’s captions for the pics had me falling out of my chair, crying I was laughing so hard.

    WLP is great because it gives me exposure to books I’d be interested in reading and also keeps things real and fun at the same time. Plus, the Twitter personalities of all the ladies of WLP are great fun. If you don’t follow them, I recommend it. ;)

  12. Bren
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 10:21:00

    And… it’s now added to my Google reader subscriptions. Always looking for a great new blog to keep up with, so thanks for the recc!

  13. Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 10:21:58

    I love working with Nat and the girls. <3 They totally embrace my weirdness, which is something I value like mad.

    I do find it funny how many people find the blog via our rants. (Though to be fair, I'm not sure how I found Wicked Lil Pixie to begin. It might have been as simple as snark on Twitter. Actually, it was probably snark on Twitter…)

  14. CdnMrs
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:04:00

    I think I discovered Wicked Lil Pixie because they were running a contest, then I got sucked in by the snark and when they called for more bloggers I applied.
    Working with Nat and all the other members of her blogging harem has been a fantastic experience.
    When Nat mentions the community of blogging she isn’t kidding. Over and over again the ladies of WLP have supported, encouraged and otherwise cared for each other. I am very happy to call these ladies friends.

    The rants and random posts are some of my favourites to read and to write, I glad people like them so much. :)

  15. Pamela @SpazP
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 11:31:03

    ENDGAAAAAMME!!!!
    Great interview!! :D

  16. Ridley
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 12:01:14

    Funny enough, I follow Nat on Twitter – because she’s so delightfully snarky – but pretty much never visit the blog. I should bookmark it and at least visit on rant days.

    I like this feature, Jane. There are a lot of great voices out there blogging about romance.

  17. Sophia (FV)
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 14:31:31

    Waves hi Nat!!

    While formatting the posts is time consuming, I’d hire someone to do all the technical stuff in the back room. I HATE that part LOL.

    I love your blog btw. xo

  18. Violetta Vane
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 14:56:36

    WLP invited me for a guest spot last month :-) Thanks!

  19. Juliana Stone
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 15:48:26

    Nat was one of the first bloggers I met online and she’s a doll! She tells it like it is and I find her totally refreshing.

    Plus she’s Canuk, :-)

  20. KT Grant
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 17:33:09

    Nat, you complete me. *Gumby hugs*

  21. Shel
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 19:45:46

    Endgame, I KNOW.
    Seriously, the Jax series are the only other books I’ve preordered besides Harry Potter.

  22. Wicked Lil Pixie
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:36:28

    Thank you all for the kind words! You’re making me blush, which is rare.

  23. WLP Is Over At Dear Author Today! | Wicked Lil Pixie Reviews
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 20:41:27

    […] was kind enough to have me over to Dear Author today for a new blogger feature! So stop by and read my interview Share It: Posted by Wicked Lil Pixie   @   3 July 2012 0 comments Tags : […]

  24. Taryn Elliott
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:04:47

    I totally follow your blog because of the crazy posts. What a fun interview! I have so much junk in my writerly email, but man…I look forward to the WLP ones.

  25. Lulu Belle
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:51:43

    I know EXACTLY how I found my Wicked Little Pixie! Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books did a live blog reading of Snooki’s infamous book.

    It was absolutely the most fun I have had in YEARS. Those of us who powered through the whole thing (read: did not have traditional jobs that forced us away from the blog-fest) had a sort of PTSD comradery that was composed in part by disbelief at the sheer insanity of what we had exposed ourselves to. Also, a clearly warped and shared sense of humor.

    We (those of us who clung together for the entire ordeal) joined forces on Twitter. After a few days, I figured out that WLP reviewed books! I followed her blog! I found out that she also RANTS! God bless the internet. I’ve met some of my very best friends there.

%d bloggers like this: