Monday, June 29, 2015

#Mondayblogs: The Liebster “Award" #amwriting

Fellow blogger and writer Teddi Deppner tagged me for this fun Liebster “Award.”. Here are my answers to her questions:

When did you know that you were really a writer?
In college I kept changing my major: theater, biology, psychology, English, and so on. Throughout all of that, my minor stayed the same—creative writing. It took me a while to figure out that the reason the writing part hadn’t changed was because I loved it most—it was the core of me. So after I realized that, I committed to it.

What would it take for you to quit writing?
A billion dollars—and even then I’d likely do it in secret when no one was looking…

Favorite music for writing?
NIN, Florence and the Machine, Lana del Ray

Favorite music for working out or waking up or partying (whichever of those three you do the most)? Of the three, I suppose I “wake up” the most, considering I have so far, in the last 30+ years done so every day, often more than once a day. And I don’t listen to music when I wake up unless you count my ringtone, which is usually some kind of somber classical music. Like Satie’s gnossienne no 1.

What things in life make you feel most alive?
Walks in the rain. Kissing. Exploring foreign cities/travel.

What is the deepest relationship you’ve had with a fictional character (yours or another author’s)? The deepest relationship I have with fictional characters are my own. I get to know them and love them and sympathize with them as I tell their stories. Telling their stories is incredibly intimate.

Whose fiction did you enjoy the most growing up? Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton. Though my first love was Madeleine L'Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet—both serving as my introduction to science/survivalist fiction.

What new author (first published in the past 5 years) do you admire the most, and why?
Uhhh. A brand-new author that hasn’t been published before 2010? I’m struggling here. I honestly can’t think of an amazing writer who hasn’t been doing their thing for more than five years.

If you could gather a dream team for life or business, what kind of people would you surround yourself with?
People who say “how do we do make this happen?” Rather than “this can’t be done.”

What do you secretly wish would happen to you someday?
If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret, now would it?

Tell us about a tender moment with a family member.
When I was younger I lived with my mother and we were moderately poor. She never finished school (dropped out in 8th grade to sell drugs for her father) and so the best job she was qualified for was factory work, when it was available. As you can imagine, it didn’t pay well. By fifteen or so, I was already well into my own addiction problems—books. And my favorite author at that time was Anne Rice. I was desperate for her latest vampire chronicle, The Vampire Armand I believe, but our little library in Coffee County didn’t have it and wouldn’t for a while. I fully expected that I would have to wait a long time to read it or at best, scrape up the coins for the paperback by the time the mass market edition was released.

Imagine my utter surprise when one night—late because my mother always worked late—I heard a soft knock on my bedroom door. It’s my mother, telling me she had a surprise for me. The surprise was the hardback copy of my heart’s desire, which I knew for a fact having drooled over it at the racks of the local bookstore, was nearly $30. $30 was a helluva expense for us. After all, do you know how many boxes of macaroni and hamburger helper could be bought for $30? (About 30 because we shopped at the dollar store).

I turned the book over in my hands, loving it with my fingers: the smell of it, the cool feel of the dust jacket, the unforgiving stiffness of its spine. I was really touched. Really touched because when my mom made a joke about just read your book when you start to get hungry—I was old enough to hear the truth behind her smile.

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 fictional character do you want as your best friend?
2. When you are writing/blogging, do you have to have a snack? If yes, what?
3. What is your first memory of writing/blogging?
4. Who has been your biggest fan so far?
5. If you could have one super power what would it be?
6. What “gets you in the mood” to write/blog?
7. What book has been most influential to you and your writing/blogging?
8. What job would you HATE to have?
9. Do you want to be a rich, famous, or admired? (Only 1 and why?)
10. How long have you been writing/blogging and how long do you think you’ll write/blog?
11. Tell us about your real or imaginary “happy” place.
Here are the brave 11 I choose to answer the questions:

Kriss Morton
Rebecca Poole
Elizabeth Poole
Monica La Porta
Angela Roquet
A.B. Shepherd
Tiffany H
Kimberly Benedicto
Charles Colp
Mike Melville

Thanks again to Teddi for tagging me. I had a fun answering and I’m excited to see the answers my tag-ee’s will come up with. :)


  1. So awesome hearing your answers, Kory. Loved hearing about the things we have in common (Anne Rice, love for writing and for books, people looking for ways to make it work, etc). Enjoyed discovering a new music artist (Lana del Rey). And was really touched by your story about the book gift. So many feels!

    Oh, in regards to your comment about new authors... Two that came to mind for me were Pierce Brown (I'm totally infatuated with his "Red Rising" book and eagerly awaiting the next release) and Stant Litore (of Zombie Bible fame). It's not necessarily that someone has only been writing for 5 years, right? They might have been writing for decades before getting published. Just a thought. :-)

    Thanks for jumping into this lovely blog activity with me!

    1. Ah! I must've misunderstood the question. I read it as, I couldn't choose someone who was published earlier than the last five years. And the earliest I could think of was Kristen Cashore, but she debuted in 2009. Alas! I could say my critique partners Angela Roquet and Monica La Porta--as they are both fresh meat like me! :)

  2. This sounds like fun :) I'll answer the questions!

    1. Yay! Let me know when they're up! :) I'd love to read it :)

  3. Great answers! Your mom sounds super sweet. Here are my answers to your questions:

    1. Well, my mom battled with addiction most of my life and is not living with Hep C. But yes, she had her moments :)