I am going to have to give a shout out and a heartfelt Thank You to Dani Duck for nominating me for the Leibster Blog Award. The Leibster award is giving to wonderful blogs with under 200 followers. The word "Liebster" Means sweetheart in German. It's a very sweet award.
Please visit Dani's's blog here: http://daniduckart.blogspot.ca
In accepting this award I am contractually obligated to answer 10 questions of Dani's choosing and then command 5-10 other people to answer my similarly worded questions.
Here are Dani's questions to me along with my answers:
1. What is your favorite thing about writing or illustrating for children?
First off, I wish I was skilled enough to illustrate children's books! I'm thankful that I can write for children though. I love the way every subject can be magical for children, and the fact that their imaginations are boundless, so a story written for a child can go just about anywhere.
2. Who or what inspired you to become a writer or illustrator?
First, it would be my paternal grandmother. She taught me to read when I was only three. I was picked on a lot by my siblings, and she wanted me to have something of my own. She taught me not just how to read at a very young age, but she instilled a love in me for the written word.
Next, it would be my maternal grandfather. He lived with us when I was young and so was a big part of my life. I used to write stories all of the time, and he not only enthused about my writing, but he suggested that I could someday grow up to be a writer. That created the urge in me to write even more, and it was the first time I thought about actually becoming a writer.
3. What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
This is a difficult question for me as I am pretty much an open book. I am willing to talk about any part of my life.
I suppose, although some already know this about me, a lot of people may not know that I was once in a relationship with someone who was verbally and emotionally abusive as well as borderline physically abusive. Escaping that relationship was the best thing that could have happened in my life.
4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
This one is easy! I see myself with many published books, doing book signings and book readings.
5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?
No idea! But I've always been pretty skilled at saying the phrase quickly!
6. What do you do when you aren't writing/illustrating?
I spend way too much time on Facebook. I network with other writers and agents. I run the Chapter Book Challenge and think up other things to take up my time. I assemble anthologies and create calls for new anthologies.
7. Color or Black & White?
If it is a movie, then color. If it is a photograph, then black and white.
8. How long?
I'm not sure what this question is asking. How long do I spend writing each day? - many hours. How long do I spend on the bus each day during the school runs? - 4 hours. How long have I wanted to be a writer? - since I was a child. How long have I been working towards making writing my career? - 5 years.
9. How annoying is it that I tagged you on my blog for this?
Not annoying at all! I am weird in that I like answering these kinds of things.
10. Do you have any big events that you are going to or hosting soon?
The anthology "Jingle Bells: Tales of Holiday Spirit From Around the World" will be coming out soon. The anthology "SuperHERo Tales" will also be available before Christmas. Another anthology, written and illustrated completely by children will be completed sometime in December, so look for that on Amazon soon too!
Great blogs I am nominating:
Now I am going to do something a little different and ask different questions of the next two bloggers, my daughters Gabriella (age 11) and Isabella (age 8).
Please answer these questions however you see fit. Since I'm lazy I'm copying and pasting the instructions: "If you choose to accept here are the directions: Link back to the blogger that tagged you. Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you (mine are below). Then ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate as well as letting your nominees know of their award. Oh, yeah—and have fun! ☺"
Questions for the 1st three blogs:
1. Why were you drawn to writing?
2. How many years have you been making or trying to make writing your career?
3. Are you published? Where?
4. What is your favorite part about writing stories?
5. What is your favorite genre?
6. Where do you find your inspiration?
7. How active is your muse?
8. If you could have a conversation with your muse, what would you say?
9. What are the latest projects you are working on?
10. What plans or dreams do you have for your writing in the next year?
Questions for Gabby and Bella:
1. What do you like the most about writing stories?
2. What makes you want to write a story?
3. Where do your story ideas come from?
4. How old were you when you wrote your first story?
5. What is your favorite creature or type of person to write about?
6. What's the name of the most recent book you have read or are reading?
7. Does your school give you any lessons on how to write good stories? If so, how helpful have they been?
8. What is the name of the story you are currently working on?
9. Are you published anywhere, and of so, where? Name the book titles.
10. Is any of your writing going to be published in the future? If so, give the titles of the publications.