My wonderful fellow Aussie writer Kate Foster (who blogs here) has awarded me the Liebster Award. It’s an award given by bloggers to boggers and it’s a way of sharing the love out there in cyber space. Basically, you answer a bunch of questions your nominator asks you, and then you nominate some other bloggers and ask them a series of questions. So, here goes….
What do you write; genre, catergory, etc? I write adult women’s fiction set in small Australian communities. Love always features, but it’s not the driving force. It’s the other relationships that are more important.
When do you write? Whenever I get the chance. But, mostly during school hours. Rarely in the evenings because I’m too tired.
Why do you write? The clichéd answer is because ‘I have to’. But it’s true. Like every writer I’ve met, the voices in my head demand to be heard. Writing is more than a pursuit, it’s part of who we are. Someone asked me once ‘do you ever think of giving up when you’re faced with so much rejection?’ Sometimes I wish I could walk away, avoid the heartbreak, choose an easier path, but I simply cannot imagine not writing.
Computer or notepad, pencil or pen? I’m an old fashioned gal. I use pen and paper to write. Then I type up on the computer (editing as I go), print it out and edit on paper again. I don’t seem to be able to “create” straight onto the computer screen. There’s just something about a pen moving across the page.
Noise, if so what kind, or silence? I can NOT write with the TV on. And at home I can’t write with people talking around me. Too much of a sticky-beak I guess. When I’m at home I either write in silence or with my playlist on my iPhone on very softly. I do enjoy writing in café’s, too and the noise there doesn’t bother me.
Describe your current WIP in less than 20 words. That’s just cruel. Hoping I’ve done it justice….
Alice must face the shadows of her past when fire tears through her world. Two children, two loves, two lives. One choice.
Though I’d rather you check out my blurb here…
Agent or editor – which would you rather be? Given that I’m the world’s slowest reader (as mentioned here), I wouldn’t be suited to either of those jobs. But if I had to choose one, I’d probably go editor. I’m not sure how good I’d be at “selling” my client’s work as an agent, and I kind of like the idea of being the one to help shape a MS as an editor.
Which book do you wish most of all you’d written? Just about any of the books I love. Good fantasy is incredibly hard to write and I admire anyone that can do that well, but I’m not sure I’d be able to keep all those characters and sub-plots, and all that world building straight in my own head. So, if I had the skill and research ability of Geraldine Brooks, I’d be happy as a pig in mud writing historical fiction like hers. Particularly People of the Book (one of the 10 books that affected me).
If not a writer, what’s your dream job? I’m a teacher through and through, so my “day job” for now will always be something in that field. But as far as dream jobs go, I’ve always wished I could sing and dance and be in musicals. That would be totally awesome. But, given my own daughter tells me to stop every time I bust out a tune, leading lady in a musical (preferably opposite Hugh Jackman), will have to remain in my dreams.
Dream date – doesn’t have to be a book character. It’s no secret to people who know me that Hugh Jackman is the ultimate man in my mind (and those who don’t know me have just had it hinted at in the above question). But I have relatively simple tastes when it comes to romance, so… A walk along a beach at sunset with Hugh, ending up in his beach house where he cooks dinner for me (doesn’t have to be fancy as long as he does all the cooking), followed by a snuggle by the fire with some Belgian chocolate. And if he happens to serenade me too, well, this girl would be in heaven.
Thank you Kate for nominating me for the Liebster Award. And here are my questions for my nominees.
- Which literary character do you wish was your best friend?
- Do you have any funny writing rituals? Always have to wear your lucky socks, always have to drink from the same mug when editing….
- What’s the worst book to film adaptation you’ve seen? Best?
- What’s your favourite season and why?
- Money and logistics are no object – where would you like to travel and what would you do there?
- Dark, milk or white chocolate?
- Where do you stand on ebooks v print books?
- What’s your least favourite household chore?
- Do you have a favourite character from the books you’ve written?
- Which of the characters you’ve written do you wish you were more like and why?
What question would you ask your favourite author if you got the chance?