Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I’ve been nominated for the prestigious award! Ok, I don’t know how prestigious it is, but it is pretty cool to know someone thought me worthy of a nomination. And this very worthy lady happens to be Lisa Betz over at Lisa’s Musings who happens to share my love of dry humor and chocolate gooeyness. So thank you, Lisa!

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate five blogs.

Here are the 10 questions I was given:

1. How long have you blogged?
About two years. It was slow and painful at first. Like drilling a tooth. But then I figured out the type of things I should talk about, and now thanks to endless ideas from research and Pintrest (hehe) I have more ideas than I can keep track of.

2. What is one thing you love about blogging?
Sharing unknown information with people. As a historical writer I store up lots and lots and lots of trivial details. I find them fascinating so why shouldn’t others? Ok, maybe if you’re not a history buff you won’t, but hopefully I keep it interesting.

3. What is one thing about blogging that frustrates you?
Sometimes it can take away precious writing time. As a mom of a one year old, my time is very limited so when I get the chance to sit by myself without little hands pulling at me all I want to do is work on my story. But it’s important to attract readers as well and what better way than to blog. Now, if only those readers would find me!

4. Share a piece of blogging advice with the rest of us.
Write what interests you. I love history and all its quirks (hence the reason I write historicals, plus the fancy dresses ) so it was only a natural fit to blog about them. Many of the details I research never make it into the book so my website is a great place to add them. Blogging about these details helps the readers discover what I love and what kind of stories they can expect to find from me.

5. Name at least one reason why you like to write.
I can create my own happily ever after. Of course the path is riddled with potholes and cliffs before the lovers finally find it! High drama, tension, and stolen kisses between two people who swore they hated each other is my favorite kind of story. I got so frustrated with books as I was reading and decided that if I wanted a certain kind of story and ending then it was up to me to create my own.

6. What is one of your writing dreams?
To be published! Every writer’s dream. My biggest dream is create stories that live in reader’s hearts long after they’ve closed the book. A little fame and a little money to stash away for new shoes and chocolate wouldn’t hurt either .

7. Share something you have learned about yourself as a result of writing.
I always knew I had a pretty good imagination, but I never knew how crazy it could be. I seriously didn’t know what I was capable of creating until I held the first printed copy of my first rough draft. That story may never see the light because it’s chock full of newbie errors, but holding it in my hands was an incredible feeling. I say this without guile: my mind is pretty darn awesome!

8. Who are some of your most important encouragers (for you as a writer)?
Is it too sappy to say my husband? He gives me whole Saturdays to lock myself in the office and write while he wrangles our daughter. He’s there with new ideas and angles when I hit a wall, which is often. He tells me to keep going when I want to cry and declare myself the worst writer in history. He tells me I have a God-given gift.

9. How does faith enter into your blogging?
I don’t mention much faith on my site, and I’m very light handed about it in my novels. However, I wouldn’t be doing any of this if God hadn’t given me the desire- and dare I say without sounding too arrogant- gift of creating worlds with words.

10. Share an anecdote about how something you wrote was meaningful to someone.
I wouldn’t say that anything I’ve written has been life changing. When people read my blog posts they always say they learned something new. Finally putting those historical trivia facts to good use!

Here are my 10 questions:

1. What is the main purpose of your blog?
2. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever blogged about?
3. What’s your favorite and most despised word?
4. What’s the one thing that always makes you laugh?
5. If you could hang out with one fictional character for the day, who would it be?
6. Who would play you in a movie? Would it be a comedy, horror, romance, or chic flick?
7. You’ve got one day to spend $1M …
8. Sweet or salty?
9. If you could write any other genre, what would it be?
10. Mr. Darcy is at the front door, do you a) thanks but no thanks, I’ve already got my dream man b)ride off to Pemberley and make him dive in the pond a few times

I nominate:

Karla Akins
Anne Garboczi Evans
Kathleen Rouser
Karen Wingate
Kim Griggs

Apparently I know a bunch of ‘K’ named people. Get crackin’ ladies!


  1. Debbie

    I’m so proud of my little girl !!!! I just love reading your blogs.

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      Thanks mom!


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