Interview With Blog Founder And Reviewer Jen Twimom


Today, I’m excited to interview blog founder and reviewer Jen Twimom from “That’s What I’m Talking About.” Her blog has been around for quite some time and it features a lot valuable reviews on different genres. She also has a list of her favorites! If you’re looking for reviews on books you’re considering reading, I highly recommend you check her blog!

Tell us about you and your blog. Where can we read it?

My blog, That’s What I’m Talking About, can be found at We review a variety of titles from romance to fantasy. We primarily review all different types of romance – paranormal, contemporary, suspense, lbgtq, erotica – and urban fantasy. I started my blog in 2010 as a place just to talk about the stuff I was doing, books I was reading, etc. It turned into a book review blog after a short while when I got a lot of positive feedback on some of my posts that were review-orientated. I have a team of six wonderful friends that help me with the reviews. Team member B. reads and writes most of the m/m reviews on our blog.

What got you started as a blogger or reviewer?

I started my blog in 2010 because it seemed like the thing to do back then. Honestly, I had been on Twitter for about a year, and so many of my tweeps had blogs or were starting them, so I decided to give it a go. As I mentioned above, I didn’t intend on being a review blog because “I didn’t write reviews.” However, after a few posts about books, I was told by several people, “You write good reviews.” And so I started down that path.

Why are you passionate about reading and reviewing books?

I love reading because it allows me to escape reality. I enjoy different genres, as long as it has a good story. However, I don’t like drama-filled contemporary books or literature without a “happy ending,” because the real world is hard enough, why add to that? I enjoy m/m specifically because it’s usually filled with sexy men doing sexy things… what’s not to love about that?!

Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs but what makes yours unique compared to others?

My blog is different primarily because we don’t focus on only m/m.  With seven women writing reviews, we are able to cover several different types of books. This way, we can offer a variety of opinions, review styles, and genres, giving readers what they want, but exposing them to things they may not have read otherwise.

With respect to our m/m reviews, we include a wide range of m/m topics from contemporary to steampunk, including BDSM, as well as multiple partner stories, and more.

Define success as a blogger and reviewer.

I look at blogging and reviewing as a personal passion. Early on, I struggled with numbers and views (blog statistics); however, I have come to realize that I blog and review because I love it. I love reading and sharing my thoughts about books. I love discussing books. So I do it out of love, and success is measured by my enjoyment. I do love receiving comments and having a dialogue with other readers, but I don’t look to reach a specific number to make my blog a success. Every time someone tells me they love my blog or read my reviews – that is a win!

What are some of the best m/m books you’ve read this year?

For me, hands down it’s the Hell or High Water series by S.E. Jakes. OMG – I devoured the series in a matter of days. I cannot wait for the (final?) book to come out. B. says that her favorite books have been Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux, Daylight Again by SE Jakes, and Prosperity by Alexis Hall.

What would you like to see more in m/m literature you don’t see now?

Personally, I would love more paranormal m/m romance and urban fantasy, since that is my first love to read.

What advice can you give to aspiring m/m reviewers and bloggers?

My advice for any reviewer is to be honest when writing your reviews. You don’t owe anyone anything except your genuine, truthful thoughts. Personally, I like to pick books I think I will enjoy – who wants to spend time reading something you aren’t going to like? I also always try to list at least one positive thing about a book, even if it’s not my favorite. I strive to justify a rating, so if I give it an A, there will be mostly positive attributes. If I give it a “C” there will be both positive and negative statements about the book. Regardless of how you write a review, as long as it’s your sincere opinion, you are heading down the right path.

Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.


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