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.
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what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
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Thanks so much for this nomination! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long, I’ve been dealing with some personal family stuff, but the questions look fun and I’m going to do it this week!
Also, I just bought your book, which I learned about while reading your answers. Looks great!
Terrific! I would love to have your opinion when you’re finished (as well as a comment on Amazon and Goodreads!). Thanks, Karen!
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No worries and I look forward to your responses!
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Great answers to the questions!
Have fun with this!!
And you as well. The world awaits your responses! 🙂
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Thank you, I don’t think I have ever been called a banshee before. I love it! Who played the best Batman? Can I ask that without starting a riot? Thinking about literary stereotypes they creep in sometimes, but the one that makes me wince the most is when a serial killer is an animal abuser. I cannot bear to read about animal abuse. If there’s an animal mentioned early on in a psychological thriller 9/10 times it dies. Horrific, not in the good way. Also second bug bear, extraordinarily pretty women/men who invariably have green eyes, and don’t even get me started on the supposedly rare gem of a beautiful doctor. I know many beautiful people who are doctors because beauty isn’t just skin deep.
I loved Dracula played by Gary Oldman, and the soundtrack by Annie Lennox was beautifully haunting. I’m not sure I’ve read an environmental murder mystery, will definitely look out for it.
Well, Adam West was the original from the Batman TV series that was on when I was a kid. About a zillion people have played Batman since then, but some of my favs include Christian Bale, Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer. They’ve remade these movies a zillion times — why not? it’s a lucrative market — so the list just keeps growing.
About animal abuse — I can’t stand to see it either; it’s gut wrenching. and I’m not always totally convinced at the end of movies when they say no (fill in the blank) was hurt during the filming.
As for beautiful doctors, I think they’re all on ER and Grey’s Anatomy. The docs I know — beauty inside notwithstanding — look like normal people to me.
And yes, I LOVED the Annie Lennox soundtrack! She’s a longtime favorite as well.
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I love to be nominated, thank you – and congratulations on YOUR nomination! I love to answer the questions – because I’m an egotist. I hate nominating others because it terrifies me…. !!!!! Thank you. I am both delighted and worried silly!
Ah, but you’re a writer and natural thespian so you’ll do fine!
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