Denise Covey at dencovey.blogspot.com, a romance writer fuelled by coffee, dreams and Paris, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.
What is a Liebster Award?
Well, it is an exciting opportunity to develop relationships with our fellow bloggers from different domains. This is a peer nominated award, which acts as a chain blog post. And it is mainly intended to connect with new bloggers while building your email list.
So, thank you so much, Denise.
Who is Denise Covey?
That is a good question to start with. I met Denise by accident while searching through the web. I came upon W.E.P and wondered what in the world does that mean. W.E.P (Write, Edit, Publish) is actually a partnered blog by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee to showcase writers through a blog hop and it is an excellent way to meet some fantastic writers from all over the world.
If you do not know Denise I’ve posted her link here: Denise Covey
And if you are interested in joining the next publication of Write, Edit, Publish, I’ve also posted the link. Write, Edit, Publish
The next edition starts August first.
So now to the questions that Denise has chosen for me to answer:
- What is your burning motivation in life?
To share what I have learned and to give to others. I love paying it forward.
2. If you are published, quickly outline your journey for us.
I am on of the journey to be published, stuck somewhere on the path and cannot say how far I am away from my goal, so I will have to wait to give you an answer on this one. I have to get there first.
3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?
Italy. That where I plan to live out the rest of my life.
4. What writing ‘secret’ can you share with us?
I love bitter chocolate and with a glass of extremely dry red wine, preferably Italian Chianti and a bitter chocolate bar, I can write until the late morning hours when I am in my flow.
5, What author inspires you more than any other? Why?
Catherine Marshall. When I moved to Europe, I was alone. I was a scared woman searching for who I am, and I came across Catherine Marshall’s book, A Man Called Peter. I had seen the movie on television when I was a child. I bought it and began to read it, and by the next morning, I had finished it. She had so influenced me that I checked to see if she had other books and I have read them all, at least twelve times or more. Her books gave me courage and strengthened my resolve that I could overcome any difficulty while living in Europe, and especially in countries where I had to learn to speak the language in order to communicate. Thus, I am permanently learning new languages and that is exhilarating. I also wrote Catherine Marshall and she was kind enough to send me a personal letter that encouraged me in my writing. I still have that letter. It is framed and on my desk.
6. What/Who means the most to you?
To be true to myself. I try my very best not to be a people pleaser. To walk the uncomfortable or difficult way of standing up for what I believe and loving those people whom others consider as challenging and undesirable. It means a lot to me to be able to say NO and not feel guilty. I believe people become overburdened and stressed out because they are seeking the approval of others and are afraid to say NO. One of the worst killers on earth is not being true to yourself.
7. What is your favorite season? Describe something about that season to appeal to our senses.
Summer. I was born and raised in Georgia. The summers in my part of Georgia were brutally hot but I loved it. Especially, the evenings as the sun went down. The adults sat on their porches, we children played in the streets and the sound of music could be heard everywhere, because people sang.
8. What do you like to write? Novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir –if you write more than one, tell us.
I write all of them, novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and memoir.
9. Share with us a sentence or a paragraph from a current piece of your writing.
Here are three paragraphs from my WIP that I am revising:
Her frayed nerves pulsated in rhythm with her
heartbeat; the noise was demolishing her calmness; her
head began to throb. When the stage lamp crashed to the wooden stage
floor, she sprang and through her hands up in the air
‘‘Please, help me. They’re driving me mad.’’ And she
reached into her jeans to remove the two small pieces of cotton, she had brought and placed them in her ears.
10. What blogger has inspired you the most?
The IWSG, Insecure Writer’s Support, started by Alex Cavanaugh. I know it is not a blogger but as a group they are one blogger, and I have grown through them. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made concerning my writing, and I have met fantastic bloggers. We are one.
11. Do you think social media is important in the life of a writer? Why/Why not?
It is extremely important. In fact, I think it is critical. No writer who wants to touch hearts can do it by living a solitary life. The writers that I know want to make a difference and making a difference means exposing ourselves and that mean interacting on social media.
The Liebster Blog Award rules are:
- Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
- Thank the person who nominated you that includes a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
- Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
- List these rules in your blog post.
I have nominated eleven people for the Liebster Award:
My eleven questions to answer on your blog if you accept the award.
- What does writing mean to you?
- Where do you get your inspiration?
- Do you write fiction or non-fiction or both?
- Do you blog and if so, how often?
- Where is your favorite place or room to write?
- Do you have a regular routine, like writing in the morning or evenings? Or do you write whenever it hits you?
- Who is your favourite author? What kind of influence have they had upon your writing or upon you personally?
- Do current events in the world have an effect upon what you write?
- How often do you read? Do you read books in different genres?
- Please share a paragraph or two of what you are currently working on.
- Where and what do you see yourself as within the next ten years? Will you have relocated? Will you have become the writer person that you have dreamed of being?