Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Clark.
Hi Heather, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always had a love for reading. I remember watching my mom and grandma reading and wanting to grab a book and be just like them. In elementary school, I discovered The Babysitters Club book series and that made me love reading even more. I was able to escape into a book world that was full of fun and surprises.
As I entered high school and my early twenties, I did not read as much. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just wanted to hang with my friends instead. I did miss it but felt reading wasn’t cool and I didn’t want to be considered a book nerd. (You could call me that now and I’d be fine.)
I went probably a good 10-plus years without reading anything more than a magazine.
Once I hit my adult life I had a friend recommended a book for me to read. I was hesitant but she raved about it so I gave it a try.
As I read that book I felt my love of reading return. Yet at the same time, I was saddened that I wasted so many years not reading.
I continued to pick up more books recommended by friends and devoured them like crazy. I just couldn’t get enough.
One day I was scrolling Instagram and saw someone post about books and this place on the internet called Bookstagram. It was a place for book lovers to come together and talk just books. I knew it was something I wanted to do.
I started a Bookstagram page almost three years ago and it was called Bookswithclarkie, a play on my last name. Started with no followers and had no idea if people would be interested in what I was reading. Slowly my page gained followers and the types of books I read expanded. I started making friends with people from all over the world and they wanted to know what I was reading. It was crazy!
Almost three years later my page which is now Bookedwithheather, has gained almost 8K followers and I have authors and book publisher reaching out to me to read and review their books. Bookstagram is my sanity and my place of comfort. I can’t imagine not posting and connecting with other book lovers around the world.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, it has been fairly smooth. Other than hitting a reading slump here and there and not wanting to read. I just stay true to myself and read what makes me happy.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I would consider myself and my page Bookedwithheather a place of creativity. The photos I take of the books I read need to grab the reader’s attention. If you counted the number of unused photos I take you would laugh. Each picture has to be perfect. I would say I set myself apart from other Bookstagrammers because I take photos of books that make me happy. I definitely have a style but I’m not sure what I’d call it. Lol.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
You just have to put yourself out there! Start engaging with other book lovers. Don’t be afraid to start up conversations with someone who loves the same books as you. Reach out to those book publishers because you never know they just might be interested in having you review one of their books. If you don’t take the chance you’ll never know what could happen.
- Website: https://bookswithclarkie.wixsite.com/bookswithclarkie
- Instagram: Bookedwithheather
- Facebook: Booked with Heather