Today we're meeting Maria Vicente, a 24-year-old Ottawa, Canada, resident whose love of books and the publishing industry can be explored and enjoyed on her blog, I Believe in Story. Vicente's inside view of the publishing world is amplified by recurring posts such as Behind the Scenes, which peeks into the process of writing a manuscript, and The Q Series, which offers advice and insights regarding the process of querying. On the lighter side, there's The 8 List, Literary Fashion, and The Sunday News, which features an image of Ron Burgundy.
Read on to get to know Maria!
What is your all-time favorite book?
My answer to this question will always be Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I love it more and more with every read.
What meal do you love to cook?
I love homemade soup. The aroma fills the house the entire day and it’s a simple, delicious meal when paired with a slice of freshly baked bread.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
I’m fond of the scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Harry, Ron, and Hermione bond over Butterbeer. It’s one of the happier moments—at least for a little amount of time—in the dark second half of the series. It shows how food is an integral part of community.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, coffee, coffee.
What is the last book you abandoned?
As many times as I try, I can’t bring myself to read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I only read a few chapters before abandoning it on my most recent attempt.
Which author would you most like to meet for dinner, and what would you eat?
I’d love to have dinner with Ania Szado because her most recent book, Studio Saint-Ex, was so imaginative and beautifully written. I’d choose to go to a restaurant with vegetarian sushi.
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
Blogs are always my go-to for new recipes as well as Sarah Kramer’s vegan cookbooks, published by Arsenal Press.
New reads are usually recommended to me by friends, but I work in the publishing industry so I try to stay up-to-date with new releases. If something interests me, I’ll buy it—my to-read list is an entire bookshelf now.
Tell us about your blog—what inspires it? Why do you blog? What are your favorite aspects of it?
I started I Believe in Story as an alternative to the usual “book blog” format. I knew that I wanted to post book reviews, but I also wanted to expand the content to cover other literary things. Literature has always been a huge part of my life, so I love being able to relate lifestyle posts back to the world of books.
The publishing industry has become an important part of my work life as of late, and the content of I Believe in Story reflects that change. I post articles about the publishing industry and advice for authors in addition to the other book features.
What are your favorite blogs?
I could go on and on, so I’ll limit myself to five.
A Beautiful Mess was the first blog I started reading, many years ago, so it has a special place in my heart.
My Pen, My Voice has a great personal quality and a unique approach to book reviews.
The recipes on Love and Lemons are never disappointing.
Yes and Yes is a great source of daily inspiration and fun.
My newest find is The Nectar Collective and it only gets better with every post.