Our heroine has been given an award, dear Reader.
An author I respect, whom I also consider a friend, passed along the Honest Scrap blog award last week. Her name is Shannon Delany and her novel, 13 to Life: A Werewolf’s Tale, is due out soon. (Yay, Shannon!) It’s the first of a series. I predict great things for Shannon and this series. Thank you, Shannon, for your kind words and encouragement. (By the way, you can pre-order 13 to Life at Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion and lots of other places.)
Confession time: Jamie DeBree, keeper of the dynamic blog The Variety Pages, passed this award on to me when I was just a baby blogger and had no clue what to do with it. Procrastination and overwhelm led me to pass it by. Thank you to Jamie as well. Your support has been appreciated.
Following Shannon’s example, it appears I’m to list ten things you may not know about me before I pass the award on. There are most certainly more than ten. The trick is choosing which ten I care to reveal. Here goes…
- I studied classical piano as a child into high school.
- I converted card catalogs of exclusive libraries (i.e. Folger) and art collections (i.e. Life Magazine) into strict digital format. (And I loved it!)
- I have two grown sons.
- I stopped writing for more than fifteen years after a debacle that destroyed all copies of all of my writing. Novels, poetry, shorts… gone. (Friends blessedly recovered a few pieces I shared.) I began writing again in Spring of 2009.
- I cooked in an Italian restaurant, then in a hotel. The Italian place was okay, but I hated the hotel.
- I grew up in retail. My family owned women’s clothing stores. I began working in the store at age six.
- I read my first sci fi book at age five.
- I collected classic women’s hats in my teens and early twenties.
- I tutored ESL to Spanish and Arabic speakers as well as grammar and composition to native English speakers.
- I began college at the tender age of sixteen. I dropped out at the slightly less tender age of eighteen to see the world.
And now it’s time to pass the Honest Scrap Award along. I send it to our Fearless Leader at #amwriting, Johanna Harness. Her blog is continually filled with delightful observations and wonderfully useful suggestions. I want to be just like her when I grow up.