Thanks to one of my favorite book reviewers, Ajoobacats Blog, for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award, a really A-mazing thing since I’m sitting here watching the snow fall as I type and sunshine would be super. Ajoobacats mainly reviews psychological thrillers and she reads like a banshee, like, hundreds of books a year pretty much blowing every other reviewer out of the water. Go check out Ajoobacats Blog!
So, a few rules: 1. Say thanks — Thanks, Ajoobacats. You rock! 2. Answer the 11 questions posed. 3. Choose 11 more bloggers and send them 11 questions. Easy peasy, right?
My Answers to Ajoobacats Q’s:
1. Have you ever belonged to a book club? What was it called? While I read a lot, I have never belonged to a book club. I did belong to the Rabbit Hill Writer’s Group, folks I sorely miss. A few expats from Rabbit Hill have just started a new group but don’t have a name yet.
2. If a friend, who doesn’t read much asked you for a book recommendation right now, which book would you recommend? In an act of shameless self-promotion, I would probably recommend my own book, “Six Sisters,” a collection of novellas. Love, death, loyalty tested, betrayal, hyrdrofracking, there’s something in it for everyone.
3. What’s your favourite film franchise? Tough one because there are so many greats and then they keep getting remade. I think I’d have to go with Batman.
4. Which literary stereotype bugs you the most? Stereotype in general bugs me. If, as a writer, my characters are all stereotypical, then I’ve lost because the writing is flat and uninteresting. Complex characters can make the most quotidian story a fun read.
5. Which book are you currently reading? The Chocolate Assassin, by Peter Durantine, The Mindful Writer, by Dinty W. Moore, Moon Talk, a soon-to-be-released book of poetry by Wade Stevenson, and I’m rereading one of my favorite ever books, A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole.
6. What’s your favourite horror thriller? I generally don’t love the genre because I’m a lightweight, but a couple of favorites are both by Stephen King: Misery and The Dead Zone.
7. Name the most heinous literary villain you have ever read. I like a villain with complexity. I’d have to say my favorite is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The movie with Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves is great.
8. Name a book you have read and enjoyed that was translated from another language into English? 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
9. What’s your favourite period in history? Ancient Greece.
10. If you were to write a book, which genre would you write? The book I’m working on now, “Oil and Water,” is an environmental murder mystery.
11. Have you ever been to a book signing? If yes, which author? Yes. Anne Lamott (Small Victories), and Duncan Alderson (Magnolia City).
My Nominees are:
A Thousand Finds; Off the Leash; A French Garden; Weave a Web; Faraday’s Candle; Liz Tenenbaum; Mercedes Fox; Food is Life; Galaxial World; Why? Because Science.; Problems With Infinity
Questions for my nominees:
Why do you blog?
When did you start blogging?
Do you see yourself blogging in 10 years?
What’s the hardest thing about blogging?
If you could be any literary character, who would you be?
Favorite literary genre, and if possible, favorite book?
Do you belong to a writing group? If so, how often do you meet? Are there any rules?
What’s a typical day look like?
Have you ever been published and if so, indie or traditional and why?
What inspires your writing? Does your family support it?
Tell me something unique about yourself.