Author/blogger, Christy King, at http://christy-king.com/index.htm, and Twitter @AuthorChristyK, also Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196615397&fref=ts whose marvelous books can be easily located at Amazon Author, Christy King’s Amazon Page, it was very kind and thoughtful of you to include me in your list of authors to hopefully, participate in this Liebster Award for bloggers. Thank you, Christy.
After looking over the requirements to do so, my knees begin to weaken, but I’ll try my best to present a product of some quality.
I’ll apologize in advance for my quirky list of ten questions. I think the authors I nominate to join in will appreciate them… maybe. My questions are in no way an effort to be unique. Please, consider them as unusual and possibly, fun.
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These are the questions Christy King presented. Now, on with my answers.
- What would you do if you went back in time and ended up as yourself at 16 years old again?
First, I’d take the 16 me and slap the crap out of myself. I’d become a kinder, more caring, and less shy young man. I’d help others as often as possible, read more, study effectively, embrace diversity, and apply myself at everything I did. I would make it a priority to finally learn how to love and forgive myself and thus, understand how to pass that love on to others. I’d cherish every second of the time spent with my family and friends who are no longer with us. I’d start writing with the intention of becoming an author.
In short, I’d attempt the impossible.
- Who is your real-life superhero and why?
Mine is my late nephew, Atlanta Police Officer, Russell Travis Stalnaker. Our Rusty was killed in the line of duty in 1999. He lost his life assisting his fellow officers in the apprehension of a deranged person armed with a handgun. My Rusty is a hero. He will forever be one.
- If you could be any of your own book characters (or someone else’s) who would it be and why?
I’d be Pip from Charles Dickens’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS. When I was a teenage boy, Pip’s circumstances reminded me of my life. It was as if Mr. Dickens was writing to me personally. Through Pip’s life and story, I came to understand hope is possible for anyone. But there is no guarantee of happiness regardless of your station in life. We must strive to be good.
- Puppies or kittens?
It used to be puppies only before kittens and cats found our home and food enjoyable. Now, the preferred pet scales have tilted towards kittens.
- What would retirement look like for you and what would you do?
It looks great and as real as my reflection in the mirror because I am retired. I write and play but usually, in the reverse order.
- If you have books published, which one do you wish you’d written differently and how would you change it? If not, what would your best of the best novel look like?
This is a tough and somewhat loaded line of questions. My regrets or desires would not be to have written any of them differently, but to have seen my initial three books edited much better. I’m proud of my all of my works in print, but I may someday in the near future decide to have my first three books reedited and then republished Indie style.
- Happily ever after or happily never after?
Simple answer…my glass is always half full.
- Do your day job coworkers end up as characters in your novels?
They have to a degree. My characters are always drawn from real people. Most times, they become a mixture of a number of people. It’s fun to pick the traits necessary to create a Frankenstein or saint.
- If you could live in a T.V. show which show would it be?
- How many books are in your to-be-read file and which one is up next?
At last count, I had around forty three.
I’m currently reading three books. My next one to be conquered is THE WORSENING by Olivia Stanton.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog/website. My website is: ronshawmedia.com
- Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge into your post.
- Answer the ten questions.
- Nominate ten bloggers and inform them of their nomination via social media methods.
- List ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
My nominees are:
Steve Cartwright https://www.facebook.com/steve.cartwright.750?fref=ts
Olivia Stanton (Nyla Vox) https://www.facebook.com/nyla.vox?fref=ts
Merrie Housdon www.theinspiredwriters.com
Theresa Snyder www.TheresaSnyderAuthor.com
Sherry Rentschler www.SherryRentschler.com
Karen T. Hluchan www.HealingSpiritWithLove.com
Basil Pearl www.basilpearl.com
Suzanne L. Holko www.grampyandme.com
Larry L. Deibert https://www.facebook.com/larry.l.deibert/
Joe Eliseon http://joeeliseon.com/
Here are my ten questions for those nominated or for anyone else who wishes to participate.
- Are you a writer, a storyteller or both? Why?
- Who or what inspires you?
- Beatles or Rolling Stones?
- Is there a genre that you can’t or don’t wish to write? If so, what is it and why not?
- Who is your favorite writer, and what is your most loved book?
- For pleasure, do you read more books by others or less since becoming an author?
- What is your most dreaded aspect of writing?
- What is your opinion about reviews?
- Is it more enjoyable to sell a book or give one away? Why?
- For a banana sandwich treat, would it be made with mayonnaise or peanut butter?