Sometimes, whether in the space of social media or in everyday life, you make a solid and real connection with someone. You know when you first meet them it's like you've been knowing them forever. One of the things I love about the book community on Instagram is the friendships I've made and the wonderful inspiring person I'm featuring today is one of those people. Patience @abookinherhand takes the most beautiful awe worthy photos. Ok let's face it her photos are perfect!!! Her style is ridiculously unique and I am so excited that she chatted it up with me about reading, traveling, photography, blogging, inspiration and more!!
TRW: Where are you from?
PR: Kansas City, Missouri :)
TRW: What sparked your love of reading?
Patience R. : My parents! My whole family has always enjoyed reading!
TRW: If you had to choose 1 genre what would you say is your favorite?
PR: I’d have to say classic literature. I absolutely love sci-fi and fantasy, but as an aspiring author, I constantly crave the elements of classic lit to “carry home with me” for modern storytelling.
TRW: What made you start a bookstagram and how would you describe your feed?
PR: I’d been following a few bookstagrammers on my personal account for a while and thought to myself one day, wait...I love to read, I’m writing a book, and I’d love to get to know some new bookworms! Basically there was nothing to lose and everything to gain and I’m absolutely loving it so far.
TRW: 3 top favorite authors?
PR: C.S. Lewis, Fernando Pessoa, and Donna Tartt.
TRW: Talk about quitting your job and traveling.
PR: I left my job in 2015 to explore the freelance world in my industry (film production/photography) so that I could have the freedom to work and travel at the same time! So far, so good :)
Photo credit Patience Randle
TRW: Tell me about your blog, blogging plans, direction.
PR: My blog started out as way to keep track of my travels after I quit my job. But now I’d like to see it evolve to accommodate my small business (photography, web design, etc) and a place where I can showcase snippets of fiction that I write :)
TRW: What is your reading schedule?
PR: I prefer reading early in the mornings before work, usually between 5:30-7am if I have the time. There’s something so sacred and very much your own about reading before the rest of the world wakes up.
TRW: Thus far what would you say is your favorite book?
PR: This is SO hard. After reading The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, I thought that nothing would ever be able to take its place. I carried it around with me for years, I just felt better with it close by. But now I feel that way about The Secret History by Donna Tartt. The way she writes is absolutely stunning and captivating. It was so hard to let go of her world after finishing it. You know how I feel about Mama Tartt Cici!!!! (So can I please have two favorites!??)
TRW: What's the best thing about being in the book community?
PR: The diversity! I’ve never met so many different people with so many different tastes at one single time. It has been the best experience being able to chat with people from all over about the same books (and different ones), it brings the world closer in a way and I love that.
TRW: Best advice for future bookstagrammers/book or photographers
I would say take the time to find a style that works best for YOU. It’s so easy to get caught up in what seems popular on other bookstagram feeds but we all have to start somewhere! And while fancy cameras help with photos, you can also get amazing results with your phone camera too. It’s all about natural light and how you arrange your props/books. Don’t stop experimenting until you find what you like ;) And don’t forget to read!
TRW: What does your photo taking process consist of?
PR: I start out with my Sony A7 and Canon FD 50mm lens. I like to arrange my books/props in a little corner next to a window (natural light is so important!). Once I’m comfortable with the setup I start snapping away! I then process the photo in a photo editing app called Adobe Lightroom on my Mac. I like the clean, simple white look so I don’t really tweak it too much. And for some photos I use the VSCOcam filter A6 on my phone.
TRW: What are looking forward to in the new year?
PR: Finishing the first draft of this novel is my main priority! I’m also looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting new people, bookstagram has already helped me so much with that!
Oh, and I also can’t wait to go to BookCon in NYC this year, it’ll be my first time and I know there are going to be so many amazing bookbeans there I can’t wait!
TRW: What would be your ideal career? Are you living it?
PR: I would love to write full time. Just endless amounts of screenplays and novels. I write now, but it doesn’t pay the bills. One day, I pray that it will.
TRW: Who or what is your inspiration?
PR: I’d have to say my dad. He is constantly pouring into my life. Telling me that I can do it when I think I can’t. Telling me that I HAVE to finish this book and that I have to keep writing and creating even on the days that I want to give up. And when I think I’ve reached the ceiling, he pushes me to break through, and reach higher. Because of that he’s my biggest inspiration. Thank you dad, for lifting me up.
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