I was shocked and delighted when Marie Anne Cope nominated me for the ‘Liebster Award’. I must admit, I did not know anything about it, but went with it and having heard how and why it came about, I feel a sense of ‘belonging’ with my fellow bloggers! So, a huge thank you to Marie Anne for thinking about me. Her blog can be viewed here:
Marie Anne Cope is the author of ‘Bonds’ and lives in North Wales like myself. She is currently my guest author on my website www.pjroscoe.co.uk
For those who don’t know about the ‘Liebster award’, it is a nice blogging award, where you nominate other bloggers who are perhaps just starting out. You answer questions from the blogger who nominated you and tell readers ten random facts about you, then nominate 5-11 other bloggers, ask questions which creates a nice chain of love and gratitude and then display the liebster award logo.
So, ten random facts about me:
I am one of four children – the only girl
I’m a fully qualified Beauty, health and Sports therapist
I danced at Theatre Clwyd for years as a child and performed
I only drink malt whiskies but never during summer months!
I have four tattoo’s and want at least another two
I used to smoke, but now can’t stand the stink!
I once broke every toe in my left foot slipping on a magazine
My favourite place is the Highlands in Scotland
I remember previous lives
I am adopted
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
- thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
- display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
- answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- provide 11 random facts about yourself.
- nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
- create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
- list these rules in your post Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
Questions to answer:
When and why did you begin writing?
What is your chosen genre and what was your motivation for choosing it?
Is your blog in the same genre, and if not, why did you decide to make it different?
What came first – blogging or novel/short story writing?
Do you think a blog is a must for a writer, and if so, why?
Describe your writing routine and why it works for you?
Do you have a special place to write, and if so, where and why?
If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself as you embark on your writing journey?
What is your favourite genre and is it the same one you write?
What do you feel the advantages and disadvantages of blogging are?
What was the best piece of advice you have ever received?
- I began writing many years ago as a child, writing short stories for my younger brother. I was always writing either poems, stories or diaries. I began to take it seriously 19 years ago when our son died and during my grief, Echoes was created. I wrote historical articles for a Welsh magazine and every one got published, so it pushed me to keep going. I wrote short stories for anthologies and continued to write, jotting down ideas.
- My genre has to be supernatural/paranormal/historical thrillers – what a mouthful! Having seen and communicated with ghosts and spirits from an early age, it’s like second nature to me. I’ve helped so many spirits find peace and listened to their stories. Some sad, some hilarious! Some abhorrent and cruel, but I helped anyone. It made sense to write about it, though so far, I haven’t written my biography!
- I have two blogs. One follows my ups and downs on the path of being an author. I chose this as people were always asking me what’s it like being an author? Must be great – so many book sales etc! I wanted to show honesty – it isn’t always happy and wonderful. A lot of hard work, sweat and tears goes into each book, so every reader should think about that when reading someone’s creation and do the author a favour and give a review. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6575717.P_J_Roscoe/blog
The other is about all things spooky and weird and I’m going to branch out into spiritual realms and various religions. http://www.pjroscoe.co.uk/?page_id=443
- Never thought about blogging until only a few years ago, when I started the blog on my journey on goodreads.
- I think a blog is a must for writers, even if it’s a small bit of info once a month to let their readers know what is happening in their life or books. I invite anyone to get in touch, ask questions, be nosy – I’ve nothing to hide!
- I have a daughter with autism and dyspraxia so my writing routine has to fit around her. When she goes to school, I walk the dog, then make a large coffee and write for hours, quick lunch, then more writing, networking, answering queries, e-mails, learning computer stuff for websites, trying to sell my books etc. Holidays are difficult, but I usually get a couple of hours a day for writing.
- At my desk, in the ‘nook’, by the kitchen. Very light with French windows, though it is freezing in the winter! Right next to kitchen – grab coffee and snacks. If too cold, I move everything onto my lap-top and light fire in lounge. I can write anywhere.
- It’s going to be a tough ride, but you are resilient and strong, so roll with the punches and keep going – you are worth it and your books will win awards.
- Favourite genre is supernatural and historical. I’ve tried reading romance, but give up. Never read sci-fi or fantasy, not my bag.
- Advantages are – readers follow it, get to know you, become interested, get information on up and coming novels/stories. Not sure of disadvantages …?
- Best piece of advice: You are loved, and you are loving. Everything that is meant to happen – will happen, so live in love.
My 11 questions for my nominated bloggers:
- How would you describe what you are?
- What was the path that brought you to do this?
- Is this what you’ve always dreamed you’d do for a living?
- If you could be anything else – what would it be?
- How are you supported in what you do?
- What’s the best part of your day?
- What’s the worst part of your day?
- Do you have distractions? If so, what are they and why?
- Do you believe you have control over what you do, or is it fate?
- Describe yourself in five positive words.
- How are you feeling at this moment and why?
Thank you for answering my questions.
I nominate for the Liebster Award:
Paula Youmell http://www.paulayoumellrn.com/blog/
Marti Melville http://martimelville.com/musings-of-a-writer/
Fiona Maher http://www.thelastchangeling.com/blog/
Fiona Knowles-Holland http://fionaholland.co.uk/category/short-stories/
I feel grateful and blessed to have been a part of this. Thank you again to Marie Anne Cope for thinking of me. x