I would also like to thank followers I met through the A-Z Challenge for joining me. I'm purring over new themes to explore and all there is to learn. Blogville is an amazing, wonderful place that never ceases to delight. However, by now, I should have been by to visit you. If not, er, there's a slight problem: I can't link to you. Please check your avatar to see if it links to your blog. Sometimes I can find a blog by Googling, but if the photo isn't precise and multiple names pop up, I'm at a loss. It's very frustrating! *sighs*
And thank you and hugs to Caron Rider, Author (she's a sweetie) for the
Yep, the award brought a smile. I'm supposed to pass the award on to five people (along with some questions). I kid you not, this was difficult so decided to go with the last five blogs I opened. If you've got a sec, please drop by Caron Rider (link above image) and those below. You won't be disappointed.
Joylene Nowell Butler
Muses and Meringues
Now, I'm supposed to answer some questions:
1. Who are your favorite authors and what is it that strikes you about their work?There are so many, but Alexander McCall Smith tops the list. He's a philosopher, actually, who knows how to tell a layered story. I like a little meat on the bone when I snuggle up with a book.
2. If you were stranded on a deserted island, and were allowed to bring 3 items with you, what would they be? A short wave radio, flares, and an umbrella lined with Diet Pepsi. (Oh, but I don't like being in the sun!)
3. Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?Owning a hotel on said island above.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?Right here in the U.S.A. Ain't no place like home sweet home.
5. Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?It depends on where I'll read the book. I buy all three.
6. If you could be any character (male or female) from your book who would you pick? And why?Madeleine. She's got 'it' - whatever 'it' is.
7. Where and/or how did you get your inspiration to write "Remy Broussard's Christmas?"I'm not going to say where this happened, but not that long ago, I was waiting for a connecting flight near the boarding gate when a very old African-American lady sat next to me and asked if I would tell her when the flight was called (as this was her first time to fly and she was nervous). Of course, I agreed. The three white women (two across, one to my right) stared at each other, glared at me, and got up and moved to a different section of the seating arrangement. One whispered something ugly to me when I boarded the plane. I thought, "Oh, no, here we go again" and decided if I ever wrote a book it would involve a certain era in our history. Hence, "Remy Broussard's Christmas" opened the era's door with the unspeakable poverty that existed that led to much. My present WIP involves the KKK. And I'm not mincing words. (BTW, Remy's available for now (but not forever) for 99 cents as commissions will be donated to the Wounded Warrior's Foundation (but commissions still donated to the Foundation when price goes up). If you can, shake that piggy bank and click Remy's highlighted link!)
8. What were the best parts about writing this book?Quiet reflections about being a part of a larger whole.
9. Do you manage to write every day? Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?Oh, heavens, no -- gotta live to write and not often with writer's block.
10. What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks? :)Well, I like a tidy house and well-balanced meals so keep busy on that front, but more to the spiritual point, I've got to get out and smell the roses. Years ago, I read, "If the ball doesn't go round, it won't bounce." That suited me. I like life with a little bounce to it.