LiebsterAward_3lilapples-1Thank you to Alison Strachan for nominating me for the Liebster Award. She’s a fantasy writer who happens to want to make positive changes in the real world. Alison is such an up and comer that knowing she feels so highly as to recommend me, makes me feel amazing.

  1. What books have shaped who you are and how you write?
    That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
    Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Uncanny X-men  by Chris Claremont
    However, the reason I thought I could write, too was because I read Lindsay Buroker and Kameron Hurley‘s works and hopped on the internet to check out their journeys. They are inspiring, truly.
  1. What are you working on right now?
    I’m editing my space opera, Rock Hopper before turning it over to beta readers. Rock Hopper is the first release in the Trojan War novels.
  2. Do you consider yourself to be fairly creative?
    I don’t know that I would categorize myself as creative, but I’m definitely well willing to explore possibilities and love giving original works to others.
  3. If you haven’t already (or even if you have) would you choose self publishing or traditional publishing?
    I think the road to success now is flexibility. I think Trojan War could go either way.  It’s a little different, but I’ve decided to send it out to only the agents who I really think I could gel with. I thought Olivia’s Realm was a fun book with which to learn the lay of the self- publishing land, so I went that direction with Olivia.
  4. Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
    I have rooms full of paperbacks, and only about 200 kindle books. I’d say they both have their advantages.
  5. Do you love or hate social media?
    I’m a very private person, but hold daily public conversations on social media. I love meeting new people and squee-ing or talking about things we’re interested in. But auto-replies and artificial aggregation drive me bonkers.
  6. Are you an introvert or extravert, and has liebster-award1it helped or hindered you?
    I’m fairly introverted and focused, but I’m social in some regards. I love talking to my friends online and visiting people at events, but I need a couple days off a month. It helps me focus for days or months at a time to not need tons of interaction, but I think there’s a perception that hinders me. I’m an ex-jock and a horse-rider, but I’m such a comic and science nerd. Maybe I don’t fit categories well.
  7. What piece of clothing could you not live without (apart from bra/underwear)?
    I look pretty good in punk, bohemian, and very upscale fashions, but if you catch me at home, I’m in barn clothes. I dislike jeans, but I wear them almost every day in the barn. Also tank tops. I have so many tanks that go under everything else, layered.
  8. What is more important to you – standing up for what you believe in/maintaining the truce?
    I have always broken truces that go against my beliefs, no matter how hard I try.
  9. What blunder have you made that you desperately wish didn’t happen?
    More than the daily “I can’t believe I said that” moment?  Well, I once ended up stranded at the Osaka airport without money or further tickets. I really wish I’d taken cash with me, it would have saved a lot of face and kept me much more independent.
  10. If you could go anywhere in the world and make a difference, where would it be?
    I would spread education anywhere and everywhere. I think that knowledge can save the world if we share if freely.

I’m going to nominate 11 more blogs, but right now I’m having trouble finding people with time to continue the chain. It’s on my list and I hope to have fantastic people and insightful questions for readers soon.