My thanks to Henriette Gyland for awarding us a Liebster (German for ‘Favourite’) Blog Award.
The rules of the Liebster Award are:
Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you. Done (see above)
Answer the 11 questions from the nominator Done (see below)
List 11 random facts about yourself Done
Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs (or less) who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. Done
Pass on the 11 questions to your nominees (or create new ones) Done (see below)
Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog Done
SO…. our answers to Henriette’s questions are:
1 What’s your favourite novel and what do you love about it?
Write Romantics Alex –
My favourite novel is Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers. I’m a big fan of golden age detective fiction and this is about as good as it gets. But that’s not the reason I love it. I love it because of the romance between Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane which finally (this is the third of the books that they’re both in) gets ends in a happily ever after.
2 Do you have any pet peeves in fiction?
Write Romantics Deirdre –
My pet peeve is any book in which it says “She drank the hot tea gratefully” (and believe me there are many!)
3 What are you most proud of?
We are most proud of the books we have managed to write ‘the end’ on, even if they never get to see the light of day, and of our children and families of course!
4 Your favourite and least favourite people in history? (As few or as many as you like!)
Well we all love Enid Blyton, as she got most of us into reading and then writing. Write Romantic Rachael loves Elizabeth I, for being such a strong female ruler.
There are of course lots of terrible historical figures and, unsurprisingly, Hitler springs to mind. Although, being avid readers and writers, of course we are not keen on anyone who has encouraged the mass burning of books over the years!
5 The country, city or other place you’d most like to visit?
Write Romantic’s Jackie –
Lapland, I always wanted to see Santa, but fear I might be too old now.
6 Which five people would you like to meet (dead, alive, or fictional)?
Write Romantics, Jo –
Cheating a bit I know, but my Dad, as it has been twelve years since he died and I’d love to speak to him again.
Princess Di, to find out if there’s any truth in the conspiracy theories
William Shakespeare, to unravel another mystery about whether he really wrote all those plays or if some were actually (shock, horror) written not just by someone else, but a woman no less.
Marilyn Monroe – starting to think I’ve got a thing about conspiracy theories…
Enid Blyton, so I could host afternoon tea for the rest of the Write Romantics, most of whom number her biggest fans and I’m sure we’d have a blast with lashings and lashings of ginger beer!
7 What makes you laugh the most?
Write Romantic Julie – Probably a combination of silly jokes (e.g. What do you call an aardvark that runs away from a fight? A vark) and toilet humour. Yes, I know, I’m such a child!
8 If you could know the future, what would you wish for?
Write Romantic Lorraine – I would change war into peace. I have friends who were in Rwanda during the war. It was horrific.
9 If you won the lottery and could donate money to charity, which charity would you choose – and why?
Write Romantics Lynne –
I’d love to give loads to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings because I love old buildings and they get a hard time as new built houses are exempt from VAT but old buildings being renovated are not. They are so beautiful and I love the feeling of age and use over the centuries. People also don’t understand them always, like the builder who said to plaster over my beautiful old uneven lime plastered wall with modern gypsum plaster to make it straight. It’s like comparing a handmade chocolate with a mass produced one, it just ain’t the same thing!
10 Do you suffer from any little phobias or superstitions?
Write Romantics Rachael –
If I see one magpie I always look for a second and I don’t walk under ladders, which is probably a sensible thing!
11 What’s your favourite guilty pleasure?
Spending far too much time on the internet and doing other things to excuse the writing procrastination and far too much time fantasising about being best selling novelists – but it is bliss to dream and helps get us through the hard times!
Eleven Random Facts about The Write Romantics
Alex is allergic to chocolate.
Deirdre’s days of the week each have a colour because she has synaesthesia.
Jackie once sat on Tom Cruise’s bed (on a private aircraft) Sadly he was no longer in it- but it was still warm!
Julie used to own a teddy bear shop called Bear’s Pad
Jo can touch her nose with her tongue and get her right foot behind her head, both at the same time if she really tries!
Most of us have never met each other in real life.
Lorraine once had a tortoise called Nobby. His name was supposed to be Noddy, but Lorraine couldn’t pronounce her Ds…
Rachael milks cows!
Helen P’s debut novel has just been renamed by her publishers, Carina Press, and been given the wonderfully evocative title of the Ghost House
Helen R lives on the other side of the world from the rest of the Write Romantics, in Australia
Lynne used to be a social worker.
Eleven questions for the Bloggers we have chosen to pass the Liebster Award to:
1. If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?
2. If you could invent something, what would it be?
3. What advice would you give to novice bloggers?
4. What motivates you to write your blog?
5. What book would you take to a desert island?
6. Which fictional character would you most like to be?
7. If you could have a super hero power, what would it be and why?
8. How would you define your life in ten words?
9. What makes you cry?
10. Who or what is your biggest influence/inspiration?
11. What would you put into a time capsule for future generations?
And our chosen blogs to pass the award on to are: