Mummy V's Blogger Interviews - Shaz From Jera's Jamboree And The Rose Petals

For today's interview I'm delighted to welcome my great blogging friend Shaz from Jera's Jamboree and The Rose Petals.

Hi Shaz, 

Thank you for featuring on V Family Fun today!

Hi Kate, 

Thank you for inviting me over to talk about my blogs.

I started blogging on my book blog, Jera’s Jamboree, mainly as keeping a record of the books I read.

Jera's Jamboree

I was finding that I was buying some of my reads twice! Writing down my thoughts means that a story stays in my mind as well as having it documented on the blog … and I haven’t bought the same book twice since.  The added bonus of a fabulous book blogging network was unexpected as was the connections I’ve made with readers, authors and publishers.  Now, at the heart of JJ, is the desire to promote authors.  I may not be able to read as much as I used to with the extra responsibilities that my day job brings but I still make a lot of time for promotional posts such as interviews, book news, giveaways etc.

There were some things that I wanted to say that weren’t relevant for Jera’s Jamboree so I created The Rose Petals.
The Rose Petals
I’m not “in to” page ranking (was that a harsh intake of breath I heard there?) as to me, it’s a way of sharing.  I want to share the SEN information and knowledge I have that may benefit others and my genealogy research.  It’s a place to showcase my poetry and to share my photos on days out.  I’m also happy to promote products/services on TRP but it has to be relevant to my blog audience.  Maybe the blog will grow into a business one day but for now, I’m happy just to share.

I’d also like to add here that changing providers works against you as far as page ranking is concerned.  Having blogged on WP for 3 years with Jera’s Jamboree, moving over to Blogger meant that I’ve had to start over again … 

How did you come up with the titles for your blogs?

Ah, titles.  I love the book blog titles and lifestyle/parent blogger titles that I come across.  Some of them are so creative.

Jera is a rune from the Nordic divination system and my all time favourite.  Also I felt the meaning was very apt for the purpose of my blog.  Jamboree – well, my book blog felt like a celebration and a party.  I knew I wasn’t going to stick to one genre as I couldn’t limit my reading that way so Jamboree felt perfect.

The Rose Petals was always going to be called just that.  Very frustrating though as all the blog names (including derivations) were taken.  Some blogs not used since 2010 either.  Before I moved to a domain name I had to use a couple of z’s in the name which felt to me as if I wasn’t taking it seriously …

Rose is my maiden name and the petals are the things that I’m interested in so it could only be The Rose Petals. 

Which kind of post is your favourite to write and why?

On the book blog I have to say interviews.  I know I don’t write the answers but I love to read some background to authors.  Where did their inspiration come from?  What are the characters really like? What processes do they have?  I’m often smiling as I’m prepping an interview.  Authors get to select from a wide choice of questions and even when they choose the same one to answer, answers are so diverse.  Each interview is unique.

I love all the different types of posts on TRP.  Hard to pick a favourite …

I love interview posts too! 

Do you have any blogging/promoting stories to share with us?

One of the highlights of my book blogging is attending the pre-launch in London for Deb Harkness’ The Book of Life in July last year.  Pete and I stayed over in London too so it made it a very special weekend.  

I do get invited to quite a few launches but they are held in London - and usually on a school day, so it’s impossible for me to get there for the 6pm start.

Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why?

On Jera’s Jamboree, my favourite has to be the posts Carol Wright and I did in collaboration on ‘how to’:

I really must transfer them from the old WP site!

They’re my favourite because they are about sharing our experience and what worked for us.

I think The Rose Petals has to be my first family history post.  Not because it’s the basics of my paternal line but oh those photos.  I’m so inspired by my gt aunt’s experiences in the music halls that I’m hoping to write a story incorporating this.

I remember the fab posts you did with Carol Wright and I also enjoy your family history posts - fascinating! 

Who is the most interesting person you've ever met?

It has to be children’s author Jeremy Strong.  He came to school to do a talk and he wowed us all.  I even got to spend some time with him and his publicist before the talk (I was loitering in the corridor so I knew when he arrived and I could pounce hahaha).

Jeremy Strong

I love this, so exciting!

Milk, white or dark chocolate?


Listener or talker?

Ummm listener … no talker … no listener

Dogs or cats?

At the moment dogs

Any last words for your readers?

From the words of Ian the goldfish:

Sometimes you just have to let it happen.

Blogger Links

 If you are a blogger and would like to be interviewed on V Family Fun please email me at and I will reply with some questions.


  1. Thanks for inviting Shaz - one of my favourite bloggers.
    And now I have seen those delicious cupcakes you are baking in your next post, YOU may become one of my favourites, too.
    All the best :)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment. Shaz is one of my favourite bloggers too!

    2. Thanks both. Reciprocated :)

      Kate's definitely worth following. Her posts entertain and inform. PLUS she is one of the best people too.

    3. Aww Shaz, you're making me blush! Thank you for all your support, I really do appreciate it x

  2. Your unstinting support of authors is hugely appreciated, Shaz, and your enthusiasm just shines through. I have to say I had huge fun writing up an interview for Jera's Jamboree. I loved the questions which were just that little bit different, fun, but with a chance to get a serious message across. Thank you! I love Rose Petals, btw. Your photography is just gorgeous! Lovely post, ladies. :) xx

    1. This comment has really made me smile, thank you Sheryl, I agree with everything you've said! Shaz is so supportive and genuine, it's a pleasure to have 'met' her :) x

    2. Thank you Sheryl (that's the third time this morning I've said that :))

      I would be nothing without you guys (well, you know what I mean).

      Love you x

  3. Lovely interview ladies, with some great questions and answers! What I love about the way you have both developed your blogging, is how you have blossomed. I love seeing the person behind the blog and while we connect because of books, relationships have grown. I love Shaz's poetry and her passion for her SEN work; Kate - we have fun chats about little ones, teething and products! You both brighten my online life, that's for sure and thanks so much for that! Lxxx

    1. Linn, what a lovely thing to say! It's because of online friends like you and Shaz that I feel so comfortable in this blogging world so thank you for that :) x

    2. Sometimes you meet someone online and you click - and the friendship becomes more than the thing that drew you together in the first place.

      Loved spending time with you Linn and Kate and I are hoping to meet.

      Thank you for being so generous Linn x


Post a Comment