Thank you, Rami Unger, for thinking of me. It really made my day finding your message on my blog. I love being nominated for these awards, because it validates, in some small way, all my hard work. Check out Rami’s blog here.
My next step is to tell you 7 random things about myself. I need to figure out 7 random, yet interesting things, about myself. That may be difficult. . . .
One—I volunteer with a small group of writers at our local Council on Aging. I love the group and have met some fascinating people there. I joke with my husband that my best friends are all over 60. In fact, several of them are old enough to be my mom and then some! It’s a lot of fun and keeps me laughing. I look forward to it all week.
Two—I had to drop out of typing class when I was in high school, because it stressed me out. We had those huge, hulking manual typewriters to type on. The upper ranks of keys were so far away from the home keys, I couldn’t reach them. (I have little hands.) I couldn’t hit the keys hard enough to mash them down, so my accuracy was horrible. I sat next to the best guy in the class. Smug bugger, he knew it, too. I wanted to punch him at least twice a class period. I didn’t actually learn how to type well until I got my first computer. I still can’t take a typing speed test without choking.
Three—I’ve told this before, so it isn’t really a new item of interest, but it’s something I’m proud of. Those of you who follow me, or listen to my radio shows, know that I write—a lot. I have, at post time of this message, 65 finished novels and 28 finished short stories. I also have 53 unfinished novels and 18 unfinished short stories.
Four—I have two radio broadcasts each month on Blog Talk Radio, Red River Writers Network. I’ve spoken to dozens of writers over the years, and enjoy the hell out of every show. I have had some amazing people on and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Five—I collect odd events which I often include in my novels. Beware if you see me in the grocery store or a parking lot! Don’t be rude to the writer, she will put you in her next novel!
Six—I never thought I’d write romance novels. I never read them very often when I was younger, I mostly read fantasy and mysteries. I think the mysteries really influenced me, because I frequently write romantic suspense.
Seven—I have met a few famous people in my life. When I was at USM, the Honors College sponsored lectures by authors and actors. I met Ruth Warrick (Citizen Kane and All My Children), Richard Brautigan (author of Trout Fishing in America, among others) and Robin Cook (Coma). The theatre department brought in Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?) for a lecture series. Not only did I get to speak to him, but I got tons of pictures. He liked it so much, he would strike a pose for me.
Now, I want to nominate some bloggers: