I’m posting a little later this week than I intended (there goes my New Years Resolution to blog consistently on the same day each week). I just got back from a little getaway with my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I’m feeling relaxed and refreshed. I was surprised to find when I arrived back that I had a message telling me I’d received a blog award from the lovely Brooke Johnson over at brookenomicon.
I’ve never received one of these kinds of awards before, so I hope I’m following the rules correctly.
Seven Facts About Me
1. I have been writing stories since I could first wield a pencil and I’ve always been drawn to fantasy. I remember when I was about seven I wrote a story about my best friend turning into a fairy. Back then I thought I’d written a chapter book, but it was really only five pages (with illustrations).
2. I have an absolute phobia of snakes, yet I live in Australia on a farm where snakes are pretty much a given.
3. At school I loathed computer class and nearly failed one semester, now I love computers and practically live on mine.
4. One of my biggest writing idols is Australian author John Marsden. I actually got to meet him once as a teenager and got his autograph. I still have it to this day. (Everyone go read one of his books – he’s the master of YA voice.)
5. Whenever I go out for dinner I nearly always order carbonara – it’s my favourite dish. My mum used to make it for me from scratch, and even though I know how to make it from scratch too, I rarely ever make it for myself.
6. I wrote my first complete novel as a teenager and got enough courage to send it to a publisher. It got rejected and I was heartbroken. I was too scared to submit it to any other publishers after that. In hindsight I shouldn’t have let one rejection get me down, but on the other hand, looking back at that manuscript, I don’t think I would have had much luck with any other publishers anyway. It needed a lot more polishing and I needed to hone my writing skills a lot more at that stage.
7. I have never travelled overseas (I’ve never even been to Tasmania), but if I ever went overseas it is my dream to travel Europe.
And to pass on the award to some fellow writers’ blogs…
Be sure to check them out.