9 at 9 - An Interview with...

Once again it's time to find out more about a fellow blogger by putting them in the hot seat and asking them all about their blog, themselves and their dinner party habits... all in 9 questions!  Today, I'm please to have Zara Alexis from The Bibliotaphe's Closet here to chat...

1. Tell us a little bit about your blog:

Zara Alexis: The Bibliotaphe's Closet is a book blog primarily about literary fiction, historical fiction, young adult (YA) fiction, memoirs, and poetry. It contains book reviews, author interviews, book & author events, blog events & hops, and giveaways. Weekly features include:

  • Meet Me on Mondays - a few personal answers to random questions hosted by "Acting Balanced"
  • Tote Bag Tuesdays - newly purchased and won books in my tote bag
  • Wish List Wednesdays - books & other items on my wish list
  • On Writing Wednesdays - literary quotes, writing advice, anything and 
  • everything about writing
  • Thursdays: Zara's Ink Blot - my personal creative pieces in short story, poem, 
  • essay, journal entry, or random thought
  • Five-Question Fridays - answers to five questions as hosted by "5 Crooked Halos"
  • Friday Author Fridays - feature post on an author
  • Snapshot Saturdays - a post of one photograph as hosted by "At Home with 
  • Books":athomewithbooks.net
  • Bucket List Sundays - items on my bucket list
  • taking photographs
  • watching great movies on DVD/BluRay with my husband and kids
  • corresponding via snail mail with penpals throughout the globe
  • practicing the art of mehendi by creating and designing henna body art
  • making mala prayer beads
  • yoga/pilates
  • visiting historical sites, museums, art galleries
  • sponsoring children through World Vision
  • justice advocacy against all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism, and ageism
  • singing karaoke
  • hunting for vintage items at antique/thrift shops
  • discovering new shades of lipstick and nail polish
  • devouring sushi platters, kimchi, and samosas
  • Jesus Christ
  • Gustav Klimt
  • Tony Stark of Iron Man
  • Shirah from The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
9. Three of my favorite posts on my blog are:
 2. How long have you been blogging and what do you love about it?

I've been passionate about reading and writing since I was a young child and decided at the age of eight that I wanted to be a writer. My resolve to do so grew into a lifelong practice, which led me to a great involvement in the writing community. I studied English Literature and Creative Writing throughout my academic career until I graduated with a useful BA in the field. That eventually led me to an editorial position for a number of years. Now, I work as a freelance writer.

Blogging was the natural evolution of that process. I officially created my blog and posted my first piece in December with very little knowledge about the technical aspect of it. I didn't know what a "widget" was or what "grabbing a button" meant! Since then, I've thoroughly enjoyed learning and re-designing my blog. I love being able to self-publish and create a space that advocates literacy and a genuine love of reading and writing for a community of readers with the same interests. I also love being an active part of that community, which includes book bloggers. I've "met" a diverse group of people who are just as passionate about blogging and books as I am and I love that.  
3. Who is the person or group behind the blog?

I'm the bibliotaphe, the book hoarder, the collector of all things bookish.

4. What hobbies/interests do you have?

Aside from reading, writing, and reviewing books, I also enjoy:
5. If you could invite 4 people (real or fictional, living or dead) to a dinner party, who would you invite and what would you serve?
 I'd serve the customized menu from the dinner parties held in the book, The Night Circus.

6. I can’t live without…

...coffee, books, my Twitter account, my NoteBook, my favourite pen, my husband, and my children---not necessarily in that order! 

 7. Something people would be surprised to know about me is…

I was bald in high school by choice. I was the first girl to join the boys' wrestling team at school, which opened the doors for inclusivity. I can and love to sing. I'm obsessed with collecting mugs. I've been asked that I turn my penmanship into a font. I'm extremely scared of heights. My totem animal is the crow. I share my birthday with Joan of Arc. I can read Tarot cards. And in a past life, I would have married Denzel Washington.

 8. Three of my favorite blogs to visit are:

 9. Three of my favorite posts on my blog are (Include urls) :
You can also find the Bibliotahphe's Closet and Zara on social media: 
The Bibliotaphe's Closet on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/TheBibliotaphesCloset
My Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/#!/ZaraAlexis @ZaraAlexis

Thanks again to Zara for participating in this week's blog interview - if you'd like to be on the hot seat, drop me a line or leave a comment here and I'll send you the interview questions!