Adam at Write Thoughts nominated me for a Liebster Award last week! I was quite surprised and honored that he thought of my blog. Thank you again, Adam–I know you’ve been waiting to see the answers to your questions, and I’m sorry it took so long. But first I’d best share what the rules are for everyone else reading this post, and for those I’ve nominated in turn (the list is at the bottom of the page).
– Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award.– Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you. – Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know). – Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions
Adam’s questions to me:
1. What is your favorite book, or if you prefer, your favorite author?
My favorite author is C.S. Lewis—not just for the Chronicles of Narnia, which are dear to my heart, but for the entire breadth of his writing. The more I get to know his body of work, the more he amazes me. 2. Is there a country you have always wanted to visit, if so where?
Ireland! You’d think I would have gotten there while I was living in Germany, but I never made it that far. It is still on my “someday” list. 3. What do you enjoy about blogging?
Connecting with other authors and readers. My blog also gives me a chance to express interests not specifically related to my books. 4. What’s your preferred writing space?
My desk, boring as that is. More important than the space is the atmosphere though. I need a quiet place to write, with soft lighting and no distractions. I have to be able to mentally leave this world and enter another one, so anything that continually pulls me back into reality hinders my progress. 5. How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in lots of places: my medieval history research, old myths and legends, the Bible, out in nature, and sometimes in the faces of strangers. My starting inspiration for my current book series was an online medieval roleplaying game and all the characters and stories that came out of it. I have a pretty active imagination, so it doesn’t take much of a spark to set it off. 6. What do you like to do for fun when you need a break from writing?
Writing-related research, building cool stuff in Minecraft with my family, playing with our pets, reading, yoga, and going to our local sports club for some much needed time on the exercise machines or in the pool. (I’ve got to get out of that desk chair sometime!) 7. What started you down the road of writing?
I’m not sure—I have been putting creative words to paper since I first learned how to write a sentence back in first grade. There have certainly been people who have encouraged me along the way, and shaped who I am as a writer, but I think writing is just part of who I am. 8. What’s one story you keep recommending to others?
There isn’t really one story that I recommend. If I do this at all, it is when I know a particular book will resonate with the person I’m talking to. 9. How do you keep yourself motivated?
The stories running through my head are motivating enough. Once the ideas start coming together into a cohesive plot, I just have to get them out in written form. 10. What superpower would you choose and why?
I would want the power to move through time, with no ability to interfere—just to observe. I would finally get to experience the daily life of another era; something historians can only guess at. I’d be able to write some really amazing Medieval Monday posts! It would be pretty awesome to go back and visit my ancestors too. Forget digging through old land deeds, obituaries, and marriage licenses. I’d find out who they really were, the good and bad alike, and see where they came from with my own eyes. 11. What four people would you invite to a dinner party; contemporary, historical, or fictional?
I would go to the Eagle and Child and sit down with the Inklings for an evening. I’d be completely intimidated by all of them, of course, and I doubt they would think much of my writing, but it would be a dream come true to just be in their company.
Now here are my nominations for the Liebster Award! (In no particular order):
And since I’ve taken a week to get this far, I am going to cheat a little and ask my nominees many of the same questions I was asked (with a few differences). They were great questions, and I’m interested to see how your answers compare with mine anyway! Have fun!
1. What is your favorite book, or if you prefer, your favorite author? 2. Is there a country you have always wanted to visit, if so where? 3. What do you enjoy about blogging, and how has your blog changed in unexpected ways since you started it? 4. What’s your preferred writing and/or blogging space? 5. How do you find inspiration? 6. What do you like to do for fun when you need a break from writing (or from your blog)? 7. What started you down the road of writing and/or blogging? 8. Are there any Indie authors you would recommend to readers looking for a good book? 9. How do you keep yourself motivated? 10. What superpower would you choose and why? 11. What four people would you invite to a dinner party; contemporary, historical, or fictional?