Hello everyone! Today it is my great pleasure to not only accept my 5’th Lovely Blog award (I absolutely can’t say thank you enough!), given to me by the awesome blogger from Born a Book Junkie, (check out her blog here), but also to participate in a wonderful book tour (thank you!!!) I was invited into by the fantastic blogger at A Little Me, Apparently (check out her blog here). *Note: Each of these bloggers are equally wonderful, but I loath using the same word twice, so I didn’t call them both awesome or wonderful.* To save your inboxes from multiple emails from me I have decided to put both of these awards into 1 post. Without further ado, here they are!
I so appreciate being thought of for this tour. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do so! You will not regret it. (Find her blog here.)
The rules for accepting this award are:
-Post your acceptance of this award, along with a short story you’ve written, on a specified Monday.
-Give your nominees the rules and a specific Monday on which to post. (Because I was given the option of posting on any Monday I chose, I am giving the same option to my nominees.)
-Pass the award to four other bloggers (unless you’re feeling lazy, or generous).
-Answer the four questions concerning your creative process given to you by the person who nominated you.
The questions given to me by A Little Me, Apparently:
-What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, apart from this blog, I am working on a suspense trilogy. I’m in the process of editing the first of the books titled Would You Have Believed Me? with the help of my amazing mentor and friend DiAnn Mills. I also have the second book halfway through the first draft, however I wrote it before I had any training. haha It’s a little bit of a whole lot of really rough. I’m hoping to have book #1 done soon so I can begin looking for an agent and a publisher. *GULP* I have to admit I’m nervous, but I know it will happen in the right, or should I say write, time. 😉
-How does your work differ from others in your genre?
My work is different because it’s clean without being boring. I try my best to always give my readers a twist that wouldn’t be expected, to keep my writing entertaining, and my characters authentic all the while keeping my work clean. I do not cuss and neither do my characters. You also won’t find graphic scenes of a sexual nature in my work. I have always believed a sign of a truly great author is not hiding behind the shock value of writing everything they weren’t allowed to say as a child, and never having their readers miss the X rated material. It is my sincerest hope I can live up to this benchmark.
-Why do you write or create what you do?
I am a Christian. I keep things clean because I believe it’s the right thing to do. I write the stories I write because writing is one of the gifts I’ve been given and I have no intention of squandering it. I also write because I love to write. I have so much fun and it gives me a chance to set aside the rest of the world.
-How does your writing/creative process work?
My creative process generally starts with a single scene in mind. The scene of greatest action in any given story. Sometimes it’s only an image in my mind, and others it’s a complete scene. From there I place that scene off in the distance and ask myself, “How did this happen? Who is the person in this scene, and why are they this way.”
Whether I’m writing a short story or a novel, I always begin writing before I decide who the character is. I let them introduce themselves to me. Are they angry? I let them decide. If they are, I then fill in backstory in my mind (or a character interview or bio) to explain why. I love to think of my characters as living people with a past and a future. That’s often why I leave things open at the end of an interview or a story. Just like in real life, the story doesn’t end just because one issue is ‘solved.’ Also, since I try to have a new biweekly story, I have to make sure I have enough material available. I loath the idea of letting my readers down! All of my readers mean a lot to me. I know you don’t have to spend your valuable time reading my work, and I greatly appreciate it.
A favorite short story of mine:
My Nominees for this Blog Tour:
The rules are as follows:
- You must thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
- You must list the rules and display the award.
- You must add 7 facts about yourself.
- You must nominate 15 other bloggers at the most, 3 at the least if you don’t have enough time for 15, and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
I can’t get my head around the fact that this is my fifth lovely blog award!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who has nominated me, and to each and every person who reads my work. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Born a Book Junkie! Check out her blog here, if you haven’t already.
- I love to cook. In fact that’s what I was doing all day yesterday and why this post is so late. I made biscuits and gravy for breakfast, homemade pasta and tomato Alfredo sauce for lunch, and tuna pot-pies for dinner (trust me, much yummier than they sound).
- I couldn’t read until I was a least 8, maybe older. (My memory is a bit fuzzy on that.)
- I was once mistaken for a manikin at a car show.
- I am so clumsy I ran into the same pole twice in one day and knocked myself out the second time. Yet I regularly walk in 5-6″ heels with no problems. No, I can’t explain how or why.
- The greatest compliment I’ve ever received about my writing was also the funniest. At one point I was posting my work anonymously to a site, just to see what others might think of my work. A guy messaged me one day with the following comment, “If all truly good writers are ugly, then you must look like an absolute dog.” To this day, I still laugh until I have tears in my eyes. No, he had no clue what I look like.
- I’m allergic to soy. I was sick for a solid month and stuck in bed until I figured it out.
- I am a pescatarian, meaning I eat only seafood for protein. (Although I do also eat dairy and the occasional bit of bacon. I mean, it is the other white fish after all. haha)
Thank you so much for reading! Check back next week for something new!!