Sunshine Blogger Award

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their blogspace and/or their social media.

Thanks very much to the lovely and talented Rachel Wollaston whose debut novel Kingdom is one I highly recommend. If you like well written YA Fantasy with great descriptions, compelling characters and situations with a bit of a Narnia vibe (while still being uniquely its own thing) check it out. You can also see a very good story by Rachel in one of the guest writer slots in my own newly released Bite Size Stories Volume One Here are the US links for Bite Size and Kingdom

The Rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Name drop and link to the blog of the awesome person who nominated you.
  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write (or borrow/steal) eleven questions for them to answer.

The Answers to the Questions Asked to Me:

What first inspired you to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I can remember so it was probably writing exercises/English classes in Primary School. I’ve always loved using my imagination and I read a lot too. Telling stories was just instinct from maybe age 5 or 6.

What was the one thing you always wanted to be when you were a child?

Boring answer – a writer. I can’t remember thinking anything else, though I did always want to live in a castle, so maybe … a landowner nobleman!

If you could live ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, where would it be?

Right where I am – well, south a bit. River view Docklands apartment. I also quite fancy a second home in New York. Back in 2014 I stayed with relatives in their fabulous Manhattan art deco apartment – 46 stories up with views of the city/river/bridges on 3 sides. So if I could ever afford it, split between London and NYC.

Describe your ideal day. What would you do? Where would you go?

There’s so many ways I could answer this, so I’ll go with my first instinctive thought. A warm but not overly hot summers day, a bunch of my closest friends and a long walk (either in the country, along the Thames or by the coast), stopping off on the way at pubs for rest, food and some cold drinks. I like to see new and familiar places, so a good 5 to 10 miles enjoying the sun and surroundings, chatting to friends as we walk, is my idea of a great day out.

What is your favourite thing to do when you are not writing? Do you have a favourite TV show?

Spending time with friends, reading and having new experiences/seeing new places. I watch quite a lot of shows so it’s hard to narrow them down. Maybe Game of Thrones.

What are your hidden talents?

That depends on who you ask. I’m quite good at doing voices/accents. I have an organizational as well as creative brain and can make people laugh.

Pizza or McDonald’s?

Pizza without a doubt.

Given the choice, would you rather live in a huge mansion or a cabin in the woods?

Huge mansion … hopefully with lots of picturesque grounds, as I do like the country but the idea of living somewhere like Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle has massive appeal. Quite apart from all my childhood fantasies about growing up and having adventures in a castle, I had an adult one where if I lived in such a place I would invite about 30 of my good friends to live there with me too, rent free.

What is your favourite book that you could read over and over again?

There’s a bunch of books I actually do take out to re-read every 3-5 years, so again hard to narrow down. Several series come to mind rather than a single book – the Narnia series and The Time Wars series by Simon Hawke. Actually I am more likely to re-read from my old comic collection – Marvels and DC among others.

Choose one fantasy realm to live the rest of your life in (e.g. Narnia, Middle Earth…).

I’ve created my own THE MYTHLANDS which smooshes pretty much every fantasy land together and allows a ton of public domain characters to cross over. I wouldn’t mind hanging out at the Lucky Cactus Casino in Myth Vegas and playing cards with The Hare and Mr Toad, but as I have also created a lot of chaos in these realms, being a character in my own story would probably not be a good idea!

But I suspect using my own creation is a bit of a cheat, soooo … tempted to say Westeros as I love Game of Thrones but its a bit too violent for full time. So Landover from the Magic Kingdom for Sale series by Terry Brooks – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Kingdom_of_Landover

Lastly, where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Um, dividing my time between Docklands flat, Manhattan apartment and my huge castle! I don’t know – I would quite like to see a lot of my books out there, being read and enjoyed and maybe a few made into movies. Personally, settled down with a wife and some small children.

Thanks for this Rachel – Now I’ll have to see if I can find anyone who blogs to nominate. Fancy a go Claudia?

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