Today I’m excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by whatilearnedwhilewritinganovel Thank you!
The Liebster Award is one that recognizes new blogs worth reading (and those with less than 300 followers). Upon acceptance of the award, a blogger must:
- List 11 random facts about him/herself.
- Answer the questions that were asked of him/her (by the blogger that nominated him/her).
- Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.
- Notify the bloggers of their award.
- Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.
Here we go – Random facts.
- My favourite authors are Tim Weaver and S. J. Bolton.
- I secretly like The Real Housewives of Orange County (Yes, far from a secret now!)
- One of my favourite films is The Crow.
- I want to be a ‘proper’ full-time writer by the age of 30. (I’d better get a move on – I’m 30 in November!)
- I had lunch with the fiction book buyer for retail giant WHSmith.
- I used to want to be an actor.
- I adore detective dramas and murder mysteries on the TV.
- My feet are a UK size 7.
- I have cosmetic veneers on 8 of my front teeth.
- I’ve had my art published on a DVD-ROM for ImagineFX magazine in 2007.
- I am a big James Bond fan.
Here’s what was asked of me:
How long have you been blogging
Since February 2013.
If you’re writing something other than your blog right now, what is it (title/genre/one-line synopsis)?
‘The Principle of Evil’, a UK based police procedural. DCI Claire Winters always thought she was untouchable until she came under the spotlight of a sinister breed of serial killer – A seemingly average man with a twisted view between right and wrong and a hellish past that wasn’t quite finished with him.
Would you self-publish? Have you self-published?
I’ve self-published the first DCI Winters novel ‘For All Our Sins’, which is available on Kindle but I am also submitting the novel traditionally as well. Self-publishing is OK if that’s what you want from your writing but I aspire to be a traditionally published full-time writer, so I will always be striving for that in the long run.
Are you a good proof-reader?
I’m better at proofing other peoples work than my own and I put that down to the fact that I’m obviously so close to my own work, it’s hard to see the mistakes/flaws sometimes. I have a 10-draft plan I stick to when proofing my own work. I work on different elements over each draft before I send it to my expert proof-reader to cast her eye over it.
Which do you prefer, writing a first draft or editing it?
The first draft, as it’s all about getting the words down on the blank page, and using that freedom to express yourself and get stuck into the characters and plot. I do like most of the aspects of editing, as you can really enhance your story and each draft will be better than the last.
Coffee or tea?
Where do you like to write?
The first draft is usually written on my laptop at the dining room table.
What was your favourite book when you were a kid?
Burglar Bill by Janet & Allan Ahlberg or anything by Roald Dahl.
What was the best book you read last year?
The Dead Tracks by Tim Weaver.
If you were published, would you use a pseudonym?
I’ll probably carry on using my initials T. M. E. Walsh.
Have you ever entered a writing contest?
Yes, a few and I’ve won one competition and I just found out I narrowly missed out on a longlist for another competition run by Cornerstones Literary Consultants. I was one of 32 people selected from over 400, so it’s given me a confidence boost. Always enter competition if you can, because you never know where it might lead.
For my nominees, I’m selecting the first eleven bloggers to follow WILWWN:
From nostalgia, with love
Mesdames of mayhem
Love of words
Looking for the light
And here are the questions for those bloggers:
1. Did you always want to be a writer?
2. Do you plan to self-publish or go the ‘traditional’ route of agent/ publisher?
3. Do you sleep on your front, back or side?
4. Have you ever had any brushes with fame/met a famous person?
5. Who is your fave author?
6. What advice would you give anyone just starting out in the weird and wonderful world of being a writer?
7. What is you fave film?
8. Do you like to work in a quiet or noisy environment?
9. Do you have any writing rituals?
10. What is the title of your next book or poem?
11. Give me a short ‘elevator-style’ pitch of your latest work.
To everyone who is working on their projects, best of luck!