Meet the Blogger Behind: Countess Drusilla Steele

I am rather intrigued by this weeks Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog because I am fascinated by her blog. This week we are getting to know 47 year old Fiona and her blog Countess Drusilla Steele which is super intriguing and written as her alternate ego. She seems like an awesome lady with a bit of feistiness thrown in there for good measure. Her posts seem to be about whatever she wants to talk about and I love that she enjoys vampires like I do. If you like to get caught up in intriguing reads than definitely go check out her blog.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I started this blog for myself, as a way to keep note of my progress while I am studying for a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing.  I thought it would be a fun thing to do.  I added the Vampires’ to it, as Vampires are my obsession and have been since I was a child.  (not Twilight Vampires, never Twilight Vampires).  Looking over my posts though I seem to have posted more about the Vampires than anything else.  I also liked the idea of having an “evil twin” who will say things that I wouldn’t normally.  The book review site came shortly afterwards, mainly due to my struggle to find interesting Vampire books that are not just teenage love stories in disguise. I simply assumed that if I’m looking for recommendations of a good book, then other people probably are too.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
My favourite thing about blogging would have to be the opportunity to express myself.  And on these two sites, I get to do it as someone else.  Countess Drusilla is a character, whose company I enjoy although I wouldn’t want to live with her full time.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?
Proofreading, editing, studying, books, Vampires, personal blog.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?

When I’m not blogging, I tend to be reading, spending time with my husband and dogs, scouring the internet for gorgeous things, and anything related to Joss Whedon, or working at my full time job.  Then there’s the novel I’m writing and my proofreading and editing course. Spending time with friends and family is something I need to find more time for.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
My favourite place to visit and explore has to be any old cemetery, old falling down castles, anywhere dark and mysterious where you just know there are many buried secrets.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
Blogging is my hobby at the moment but I am hoping to turn it into a job very soon. And I must confess, its rapidly turning into an obsession.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
In five years, I would like my blog to have been developed into a book, and to have many followers who are actively participating.  I would love to be working on it, and my other blogs, full time, and as my only source of income.  I would also like to have published a novel about Countess Drusilla.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
The hardest thing I’ve encountered so far would have to be trying to wade through the legal issues.  What pictures I can use without getting sued, what I can and can’t say.  Also working with code on my blogs has been a new challenge.  Luckily I have a friend who shows me how to navigate these things. 

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Don’t be discouraged.  When you start there are many little challenges that will test your commitment and passion, but keep at it, it can also be very rewarding.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Agents of shield and Penny Dreadful

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?
Countess Drusilla would say that she is unique in the modern world, as punctuation and grammar are important to her.  Along with manners, etiquette and impeccable clothing style.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
Joss Whedon is a huge influence for me, his perseverance and humour and respect for women is inspiring.  Also Peter Steele from Type O Negative.  Here’s a guy who managed to create beautiful music and honest lyrics, and managed to do it all while dealing with his own mental health issues.  I’m also madly in love with Elvis, but who isn’t?

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
I recently posted a list that I am quite proud of, mostly because I enjoyed writing it, I think.  It was great to be able to reference some of my favourite Vampires stories. http://writingeditingandbloodsuckingfiends.blogspot.co.nz/2016/02/10-reasons-why-your-teenage-vampire_10.html

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
My favourite season would have to be Autumn and I look forward to Halloween every year.  We don’t celebrate it much in New Zealand but it does mean that there are more opportunities for me to buy Vampire related home décor products.  I also love New Year’s Eve as it brings out the Scottish in me.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
My writing space.  My husband’s a painter and after several months of nagging he finally redecorated my study.  I have black wallpaper with gold stars, the ceiling is covered in red and black bats.  All my furniture is black and silver and I have my Vampire Doll collection in here as well.  This is all topped off by my candles and fairy lights that surround the room.  We call this room “the crypt” and it’s where I create, listen to Type O Negative and just generally be myself, or the Countess, of course.

       Thank you Fiona for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you. You can keep up to date with the Countess by following her on: Facebook, Twitter and of course her blog. Also, be sure to check out her other to blogs: Fiona Tate Freelance and The Unexpected Delights and Dismays of Weight Loss.

       Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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