Remember the frabjous competition we held in celebration of our birthday? Remember our prizes?? Well…we’ve been talking to our 3 winners. They had to choose their own prize (between doing a guest post for us, letting us do an interview, or hosting their blog button on our sidebar for a month) and now we have our first winner ready to visit our blog! Excited? We are.
So, without further ado, we present our first-competition-interview…
1. How long have you been blogging and how old were you when you started?
I’ve been blogging for about a month and a half, actually. And I started when I was twenty-two (and since I haven’t had a birthday since I started, I’m still the same age!). Yes, I’m a new blog, but I enjoy blogging and hope that I’ll be keeping it up for quite awhile to come.
2. Why did you start blogging?
Two reasons: I am a writer and I have lots of ideas and stories that I enjoy sharing with others and getting feedback on, and also because I am a writer and I need a way to promote my projects and keep everybody up to date. I started the blog when I did because my book would be coming out soon, and I needed a way to talk about it.
3. Name a few things that you blog about.
Writing, reading, and stories. So far I’ve mostly blogged about my recently released novel and my in-progress blog tour, but I also enjoy sharing poetry and excerpts, telling about character and worldbuilding development, giving writing advice, analyzing stories, helping to promote my friends’ writing, and more! As long as it’s story-related, it’ll probably go there.
4. Who is your favourite author?
You ought to know better than to ask such a question! How can I possibly choose just one? You’ll just have to let me list some of the top few. Some favorites are C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, L. M. Montgomery, Frank Peretti, Daniel Schwabauer, Charles Dickens, Isabella Alden, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
5. If you could jump into a novel, which would you choose?
Oh, that’s a hard one! There are plenty of favorite novels that I’d have no desire to jump into. I think I would probably pick Anne of Green Gables, since I just know that Anne and I would be kindred spirits, and we could have lots of lovely times together. Plus, I’d love to get to try living in that time, in simple Avonlea.
6. Do you have a favourite literary character?
I’d have to say Sherlock Holmes. The brilliance, the enigmatic and intriguing personality, the fascinating mysteries he is involved in… it all appeals to me. I’ve read every Holmes story that Doyle wrote, and a few he didn’t, and have even written a little fanfiction myself. Very definitely a Holmsian.
7. What do you write? (Other than your blog, obviously.)
I write novels, generally sci-fi novels, but I also dabble in mysteries, fantasy, and historical fiction. I write short stories, generally either sci-fi, drama, or thriller. I write poetry, of various kinds, sometimes free verse, sometimes carefully metered and rhymed. I write articles, about various topics that are important to me, generally about theology, writing, or family and Christian living.
8. Why did you start writing and how old were you?
I started writing at age five, because I loved stories and realized I could write one. When I was little and in school, my mom used to have me write one page every day–it didn’t matter what was on the page, just as long as I wrote a whole page. I hated having to do it at the time, but it was good discipline I needed for later, and I often wrote bits of stories or poetry, or just my thoughts, whatever could fill up the page. Then as a teen I finally got a little more serious about writing, though I didn’t get truly serious about it until I was almost twenty.
9. How long did it take to write, edit and then publish your first book?
Firmament: Radialloy took me just over two months to write, a couple of years to edit, and then a couple months to publish. I didn’t edit nonstop all that time, of course, and it was my first time revising, so I’m hoping that I can speed things up in the future. But overall everything went really smoothly, for which I am very grateful.
10. If you had to live in an iceberg or a volcano which would you choose?
Volcano, no question about it. I hate cold. I’d find myself a nice little nook somewhere inside the volcano, probably near the top, and live there quite pleasantly, other than when the volcano was erupting. They don’t erupt that much, anyway, and when it did–well, I’d just stay in the back of the cave until it was over.
Thanks so much Grace for stopping over and visiting our blog. We loved your interview!!
And, just so you know, Grace’s first book (Firmament: Radialloy) is for sale on amazon!! It has 5-star ratings from all its reviewers. How cool. So yes, we had the privilege of interviewing a published author!
Don’t forget to pop over to Grace’s blog and check it out!!