The glamorous side of blogging

LiebsterI was nominated for the Liebster Award by Victoria from Angst. Thanks for nominating me!

Apparently I need to answer some questions, which I’m going to do because let’s face it, you don’t get nominated for an award every day, even if it is of the chain letter internet variety. You’ve got to take the accolades where you can get them…

1. What’s your favourite topic to blog about? Why?

Publishing and self-publishing. I find it a fascinating area to watch as the industry goes through changes and we see writers take charge of their own careers in preference for the traditional publishing route.

2. If you could sit down and have a conversation with any author, who would it be?

Deanna Raybourn, not only because I love her books but also because I’d love to learn more about her process of writing historical fiction. I write contemporary, but I enjoy reading a good historical novel and would be interested to find out how she does it!

3. What’s your favourite book cover?

I don’t really have a favourite per se, but the covers that have really grabbed me during the last few years were Deanna Raybourn’s The Dead Travel Fast and Tara Moss’ Assassin. Very different genres but they both offered a simple strong image and a catchy title. Each cover made me want to pick up the book and read it (which is obviously the idea). In Deanna Raybourn’s case, I’d never heard of her, had no idea what she wrote but I bought the book within seconds on the strength of the cover and the blurb.

Tara Moss AssassinThe Dead Travel Fast

4. If you could visit any fictional land/place, where would it be and why?

Probably sometime Victorian, in the era of Sherlock Holmes and Deanna Raybourn’s Julia Grey series. It was such a time of incredible change, which I find fascinating from a historical perspective.

5. If you could change the ending to any book or series, which one would you change?

Honestly? There’s none that I can think of. Nicholas Sparks does occasionally have some brutally sad endings and while they can be hard to bear, I don’t think that’s a good enough reason to want to change them!

6. What’s your favourite book to film adaptation?

I actually thought the film adaption of Nicholas Spark’s The Lucky One was brilliant. It’s probably one of my favourite books of his, and equally I thought the movie did the book justice. That and I was surprised at how amazing Zac Effron was in the role. Completely unexpected (and ok, rather nice to look at too, ahem).

7. Hardcover, paperback, or eBook?

Oh, that old debate again? Puleease. A book is good however it comes. I read all of them, but must confess paperbacks are easier than hardbacks. And eBooks allow me to read many, many books without feeling guilty about cluttering my house.

8. What book have you re-read the most times?

I generally don’t re-read books (too many books, so little time!) That being said, I did recently re-read The Search by Nora Roberts because it is possibly her best romantic suspense–equal parts suspense and romance, she got the balance just right!

9. What’s your favourite place to go to read or write?

In my dream world, on a sun lounge on a tropical island. In reality, I read while I eat because that’s often when I can fit it in! I do love reading on our super comfy leather lounge on the rare occasion I get a lazy day.

10. What are the 5 items you never leave home without?

Smartphone, wallet, keys, lip balm and Immodium (years of suffering IBS means you are always prepared for the worst, although thankfully it’s rare for me to need them these days).

11. Does a certain song ever make you think of a particular book? List the song and book!

Unless it’s a movie soundtrack (based on a book) I don’t really link other people’s books to songs. However, as a music addict, I often have several songs I identify with for each novel I write. You can see the songs that were my soundtrack to Radiant here. I’m hooked on Magic by Coldplay right now as it’s got particular meaning to my latest main character, who doesn’t want to fall, but when she does, she’s going to fall hard (rubbing hands together!)

Well, that’s it. I’m done. Thanks again to Victoria for this prestigious award 😉

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