I have been nominated for a Liebster Award (from the German, meaning beloved, sweetheart, darling) by Engy Albasel Neville! The Liebsters are given by bloggers to bloggers who are new or are looking to build their follower base, as a way of highlighting them so new readers can find them.
I had the pleasure of working with Engy recently on Fools Rush In: An April Fools’ Day Anthology. She is a sweetheart and just lovely to work with. I’m honored to have been nominated by her. Thank you, Engy! (Also, please check out her blog and her book, A Leap In Time.)
So, the first part of my duty as a Liebster recipient is answering 11 questions posed by Engy. Here they are:
What was your first blog about?
It was about how great I think the internet is and all the things we can now do that we couldn’t before. Because internet. It’s right here.
How do you pick the topics for your blog?
I just started blogging. Before I began I made a list of a bunch of possible topics to make sure I actually had some things to say (because THAT would have been embarrassing. ) I’ve also had a few things fall into my lap to post. This, for instance. And I wanted to help promote the short story anthology, which just came out, so I did a fun post on that where each author gave me their dream cast for their story. I also decided to try something fun (at least for me) and make word clouds each Wednesday from whatever I had been working on that week. They offer the tiniest tease of my work-in-progress, plus it’s interesting to see how they turn out. Who knew I used the word “just” so much?
Have you ever shared a blog that you later regretted? And if so, what was it & why did you regret it?
Not yet. Give me time.
If you could time travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what time frame?
That’s a tough one. Let’s say 1920s New York City, for the fashion and the speakeasies.
Describe the ideal man for your main character?
Well, I hope it’s my leading man. 😉 Someone who really listens to her, who is supportive of her. The female lead of my work-in-progress is the sort of person who takes care of everyone else. But she doesn’t necessarily have someone there who supports her in the same way.
Who’s your favorite heroine?
Bridget Jones. I know that’s not a very original answer, but I think she’s that popular for a reason. I think she remains sort of the reigning queen of relatable heroines (I’m speaking now of the original novel, because I think that’s the purest example). Sure, she’s ridiculous sometimes, but she’s ridiculous in the most realistic way.
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever cooked?
My now husband and I hosted Thanksgiving one year for a small group of friends when he was in grad school. All people who for whatever reason couldn’t make it home that year or didn’t have another dinner to go to. Our place was tiny and I’m sure the food wasn’t all that amazing, but it was truly lovely.
What’s your latest book about?
Right now I’m writing the first novella in a planned series about a big movie star who suddenly sort of freaks out about his career and basically runs away. He ends up hiding out in a small New England town, where he’ll hook up (not THAT way… well, maybe eventually…) with the local therapist who offers to help him deal with his issues. Actually, I’m simultaneously working on that and a short story prequel to it which I’m hoping to put into an upcoming summer anthology.
If you could play any character on TV from any decade, who would you be?
Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (Best. Sitcom. Ever.)
Beach or Mountains?
Beach. But when it’s deserted, please. And I’d rather just walk along the shore or wade in the water than sunbathe.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be?
A scientist, I think. Psychology, probably, which I spent a fair amount of time studying in school. Or astronomy, or geology. Anything not biological, really. I really don’t do well with blood or anything involving dissection.
The second part of my duty is to nominate five other bloggers and post 11 new questions for them to answer. Like Engy, I have nominated author blogs and my questions are tailored for authors (The Liebster seems to be mainly circulating around the author community. I can’t fully tell from my web search endeavors if it is exclusive to authors or not).
- Acknowledge and link back your nominator.
- Answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
- Nominate other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. (I’m not really sure how to measure this, but use your best judgement.)
- Post 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
- Let your nominees know that you have nominated them.
Here are my questions:
What was the last book you read that you loved?
What book do you wish you had written?
If you could have been born at any time in history, when would you choose?
What are your favorite and least favorite holidays?
What word can you never spell?
Dogs or cats?
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
Who would play you in the movie?
Favorite childhood Halloween costume?
I can’t wait to read your answers! Thank you, Engy for inviting me to be a part of this!