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The Liebster Award

Today I was going to have a writing advice post for you guys, since it’s been a little while since I did a post covering a topic directly related to drafting/writing. However, I was tagged this week by Amy @ A Magical World of Words for the Liebster Award, so I will be doing that today and sharing the writing advice post on Wednesday. Let's jump in! First, thank you so much Amy for nominating me! Here’s the rules:

  • ​Thank the person who nominated you.

  • Answer the 11 questions they wrote for you.

  • Nominate 11 people. Give them your set of 11 questions to answer.

Now, on to the questions…

1. If you were a colour, what would you be? (What colour best suits your personality?)

Like, maybe a soft pink? There are times when I am really yellow – bubbly and happy and smiley. But there are also times when I am quiet – sitting, listening, staying more to the edges of the crowd. In my mind, soft pink is quiet, easy-going, happy.

2. A magical animal you’d love to have as a pet?

Pegasus! I love riding horses, and then to imagine one doubling as a flying creature and sitting atop its back while we soar through the skies? *sigh*

3. Guilty pleasure book?

There isn’t any book that is a “guilty pleasure”, really. If a book makes me guilty, I’ll stop reading it. If by “guilty pleasure”, you mean “book I love and will reread forever”, probably the Hunger Games. As you all know, it’s my favorite =)

4. Would you rather live in Oz or Neverland, and why?

Neverland, probably. It’s very magical and lush. The magic in Oz is less fantasy-driven and more spell-driven. As a fantasy-lover, Neverland sounds wonderful.

5. You’re only allowed to watch 1 movie your entire life. What movie would you choose?

Amy! Why are you so cruel? I can’t possibly pick one, but I CAN choose two. I would watch either Lord of the Rings or Hunger Games. If I have to pick only one, I would choose Catching Fire.

6. You’re stranded on an island with Hermione Granger and Katniss Everdeen. Who do you think is more likely to escape without you and leave you behind – given dire circumstances?

This hurts to say, because Katniss is the protagonist in one of my favorite series, but I honestly think that Katniss would leave me behind given dire circumstances. Hermione was willing to go with Harry to meet his certain death countless times. She’s more loyal and gentle. A more emotionally attached friend. Katniss is more fiery and passionate. In the end, I think she’d leave me.

7. One book that forever changed your life?

The Shifter by Janice Hardy. If you have followed me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me mention this book/series. It is one of my favorites, but the reason I chose it for this question was not just for the content of the book, but the sentimental value of both it, and its author. Reading The Shifter was one of the reasons I decided to seriously start writing my first novel CONCEALED. About a year later, I drove four hours to meet Janice Hardy for her signing. I was thirteen, and nearly speechless with excitement, but I will never forget that day. Janice signed one of my copies, “To a fellow author”. That meant, and still means, the world to me. It has literally changed my writing life.

8. Who’s your fictional hero/role model?

I really admire Hermione from Harry Potter, and I think our personalities are very similar. She has such an incredible strength – she’s brave and selfless and loyal. There are probably many fictional role models I look up to, but she’s the first to come to mind.

9. Would you rather drown in ice-cream or burn in pizza? (I’m weird, I know)

Drown in ice cream! In fact, I am currently sitting here answering these questions, eating ice cream =D

10. What’s one famous book you wish you’d written?

Because this says “famous” book, I’ll go with the The Hunger Games (again, haha). I wish I had more variety in my answers, but there are certain series that just stick with me forever. And this is the exact reason I chose it for this question. I would admire this series even if it wasn’t famous, purely for its power to stick with readers long after they finish. The world is so realistic – brutal and emotional and intricately crafted. The writing is raw and honest and heart-wrenching. I learned a lot stylistically from reading Suzanne Collin’s writing, and I hope I can write a novel just as gripping.

11. What’s one book you know you’ll never, ever read?

I cannot believe I am even mentioning this book on my blog, but I will answer… Fifty Shades of Grey, or any related book. I will never pay money for, support, read, or endorse anything so awful. I have only heard tidbits about this series, but that is enough. I don’t really think I need to explain anymore as to why exactly I chose this book for this question, as I’m sure many of you feel similarly or can at least understand my choice.

Thank you again to Amy for nominating me! These questions were so unique and off-the-wall, showing some different sides to me that any other post would never touch on =) I hope you all enjoyed it!

I nominate Audrey Caylin, Claerie Kavanaugh, & Alexandra Wendt. Here are my 11 questions for you all. (P.S. I am stealing some of these from past #FansofFictionFriday posts on FB):

  1. If you could live in any one fictional world/place, what would it be?

  2. Who is your favorite fictional friendship?

  3. What fictional character would you like as a real-life friend?

  4. Lots of questions ask what a favorite line or book is. Instead, I want to ask: What is one of your favorite scenes from a novel?

  5. Do you organize your bookshelf in any particular way?

  6. What is one lesser-known/under-credited book or series which you love?

  7. If you could hang out with any one author, who would you choose?

  8. What is one writing or reading-related goal you really hope to accomplish this year?

  9. Paperback, hardcover, or ebook?

  10. Since all three of you are writers, share a favorite line from your own WIP or a previously finished work.

  11. Wild card ;D - Share one unique/little known fact about yourself!

If I didn’t tag you but you would like to participate, jump on into the fun! Leave a link in the comments below or tag me on social media… I’d love to see your post :)

Wednesday will bring that much-overdo writing advice post, so stay tuned! I also have several amazing guests upcoming in July and August, and I can’t wait to share their insight with you all.

Drop me a comment below on your way out, and thanks for stopping by!

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