The amazing writer Kory Shrum tagged me in this Liebster Award questionnaire. I love the questions and the chance to comment on my influences and goals. Thank you Kory.
1. What fictional character do you want as your best friend?
Molly Carpenter from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. She is a powerful woman, but never became truly jaded no matter how many stones were thrown at her.
2. When you are writing/blogging, do you have to have a snack? If yes, what?
I have two, I am usually found munching on Wasabi seaweed or Beef Jerky
3. What is your first memory of writing/blogging?
I had an assignment in school to write sentences using a set of words. I was extremely bored with identical assignments and instead wrote the entire assignment into a story. My teacher liked it so much she gave me a photocopy of my assignment back and kept the original for herself. I wish I could remember her name or the state I was living in at the time. I would love to let her know how much that meant to me at a time I was the unknown new student yet again.
4. Who has been your biggest fan so far?
I am fortunate to have four that could never be separated due to their tenacity. My wife, My mother, Jennifer Randall (my photographer and friend), and my oldest son, My wife and my mother have supported everything I have done to rebuild my life from wounds that might have destroyed me without them, Jennifer has read everything since my writing rebirth within moments after posting it. My son (a promising writer in his own right) devours everything I write and makes very impressive observations about the characters, plots, and word choice.
5. If you could have one super power what would it be?
Telepathy. I am reminded regularly that I think in a very disjointed and hectic way. I make connections that don’t make sense to anyone but me. I would love to be able to see how others think. The only mind I will ever truly know is my own.
6. What “gets you in the mood” to write/blog?
Any idea, what if, or random scenario. I love the idea of trying to get inside the head of people other than myself and finding solutions to hypothetical situations. See previous answer.
7. What book has been most influential to you and your writing/blogging?
It is a book now, but when I found it there was only the audio of the commencement address David Foster Wallace gave to the Kenyon graduates in 2005. The removal of self from my writing comes from the thoughts and ideas that speech inspired. Before that influence I feel my writing was so self-centered that I can’t bare to read any of it now.
8. What job would you HATE to have?
Anything to do with hurt children, adults, or animals. Veterinarian, Doctor, Psychologist, or Social Worker. I am extremely empathetic and I would either end up an alcoholic or dead from trying to numb the pain that would put on my psyche.
9. Do you want to be a rich, famous, or admired? (Only 1 and why?)
Admired, The real dopamine rush of admiration is something as addictive as any drug. That is the only drug I care about in my life.
10. How long have you been writing/blogging and how long do you think you’ll write/blog?
I wrote poetry and short stories from the age of nine to twenty-five. I launch myself 100% into my goals, at 25 I got married and launched into fully supporting my family.
I started writing again 3 years ago when I was laid off with minimal job choices in my area. I haven’t slowed down since. I will write until I die holding a fountain pen or typing on a keyboard.
11. Tell us about your real or imaginary “happy” place.
Del Monte Beach in Monterey, California. No matter how bad things get in my day to day life if I am near home, I will always visit there. Within 30 minutes of just sitting on the beach, whatever issues had taken over my every thought are gone. When I am not near home, I replace the wallpaper on my computer and listen to some recordings I have of the unique sound the waves make as they hit both sand and rock.
The 11 Nominees & My 11 Questions
If you’ve been tagged above, here are the 11 all new, original questions I have for you to answer if you choose to participate in this Liebster Award.
Here are the rules I need to share:
– Answer the 11 interview questions
– In that post, link back to the person who awarded you.
– Choose 11 other bloggers to award, focusing on those with 200 followers or below.
– Link to those bloggers in your post, then go and leave them comments to share the good news!
– Be sure to ask them 11 original questions.
1. What character in a book caused you to truly feel their emotions?
2. What is your writing ritual. Do you use candles, music, objects to stimulate your writing?
3. Is writing emotional or cerebral for you, or both?
4. What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?
5. When was the moment you realized writing wasn’t just a hobby?
6. How do you handle criticism/gushing fandoms?
7. How many stories, poems, blog posts have you thrown away?
8. What was your best non-writing experience?
9. How would you categorize most of your work?
10. What is your personal favorite work that you have produced?
11. What drives you to create?
Andrew David Kennedy
Stephanie Bryant Anderson