A few weeks ago I saw a message on Facebook informing me that my fellow writer and blogger, Alisdair Daws, had nominated my blog for a Liebster Award!
Thank you Alisdair! What a wonderful start to my day!
Elation only begins to describe how I felt and when I found out exactly what a Liebster Award is, I felt even better! It’s a pat on the back, an opportunity to share the joy, and a large dollop of encouragement all in one go.
And…it’s essentially a chain letter.
In general I loathe chain letters, but the Liebster Award is different. It builds confidence, motivation, and community. It’s about sharing and uplifting, and there’s nothing to loathe about such positivity (especially when it doesn’t entail sending postcards to five people in foreign countries).
The Guidelines for the Liebster Award
Tick - guidelines done. Now for Alisdair’s questions.
Who is your favourite James Bond, and why?
A few years ago I would have said Roger Moore, mainly because most of the Bond movies I’d watched had him as Bond. Now I would say Daniel Craig. I think Daniel brings a touch of vulnerability to Bond that I like. It makes him human.
Pride and Prejudice or Bridget Jones’ Diary?
I love both, but Pride and Prejudice wins, mainly because I’m a Regency period fan.
What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
Count Down. Never missed a show -“Do yourself a favour…”
What is your favourite TV show now?
I rarely watch TV now, but I enjoyed the recent X-Files revival series.
What is your favourite city to visit? (Or the city you’d most like to visit if you haven’t been there yet)
I haven’t been to this city yet, but I’m hoping to rectify that next year – Washington DC. My White Rose series of novels is based there and I want to spend some time walking the sidewalks my characters walk, and visiting the places they go. I’ll also do a ton of research for future books in the series.
You’ve just been captured by an evil villain. Who comes to your rescue?
Warren Pearce, of course! I know it’s a bit silly expecting one of my fictional characters to rescue me, but there’s no way he’d let me perish – he wants me to keep writing his story!
Night out on the town, or night in?
Night in. I’ve never been the party type and I have only ever been drunk once – honestly!
What prompted you to start blogging?
I saw blogging as another way to write, and to write in a different style.
What motivates you to keep blogging?
Not really sure, to be honest. I enjoy it and I’m trying to share some of my writing life with others, so I guess that is the driving force.
Who is your favourite author?
There’s a list: Georgette Heyer, Erica James, M.M. Kaye, Dick Francis, C.S. Forester, Jon Cleary, Agatha Christie, and P.D. James occupy the most space on my bookshelves and I love them all.
What book has most influenced you?
My initial reaction to this question was ‘every book I’ve ever read’, but after thinking hard, I think the books that have most inspired my writing are M.M. Kaye’s ‘Death in…’ books (Berlin, the Andamans, Kashmir, Cyprus, Kenya, and Zanzibar). They blend suspense and romance beautifully and I re-read them on a regular basis.
This is the fun bit where I get to nominate other blogs!
Alisdair mentioned in his post that nominated blog’s should have (according to some reports) less than 3,000 followers, but as I don’t know how to determine readership, I’m ignoring that and going with blogs I enjoy.
And the nominees are…
Andrea Cumbo-Floyd is a well-respected writer and teacher, and I love the gentle encouragement and support she shares through her blog alongside her vast knowledge of writing.
Katherine is a murder mystery writing living in Christchurch and blogging about life. Her posts are entertaining and I love reading about her perspective on various topics.
This blog is about life with a chronic illness. It offers hope, encouragement and information for sufferers, their family and friends, and the world in general. I find it informative and inspiring – and I don’t have a chronic illness!
Diligentia Group - Private Investigator Blog
This blog is written by Brian Willingham, a private investigator based in Florida. I’ve found the posts here invaluable for my research, and generally fascinating.
A blog that posts articles specifically for crime and thrill writers. They have great interviews and lots of interesting (and sometimes slightly bizarre) posts.
My questions should the bloggers accept the invitation to take part are:
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.