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Bookish. Publisher at Louise Walters Books. Reader, writer, and editor.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Liebster Award

The lovely Anita Chapman at http://www.neetswriter.com has nominated my blog for a Liebster award. Thank you Anita :)

The rules:
  • Thank Liebster Blog Award nominator on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;
  • Answer the eleven questions from the nominator;
  • List eleven random facts about yourself;
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to up to eleven blogs and let them know they’ve been chosen;
  • Pass on the eleven questions to your nominees, or create new ones;
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
Here are my answers to Anita's questions!

1. What's your favourite novel and what do you love about it? The only way to answer this is to pretend I'm on Desert Island Discs and can only take one book with me. I would have to take Jane Eyre.  It's got everything: romance, Romance, intrigue, a dash of horror, suspense, humour, a satisfying ending and it's literary but readable. The ultimate page turner!  

2. Do you have any pet peeves in fiction? I do. Preposterous story lines that make me say Oh, Please! I'm not going to specify any novels. (I do enjoy preposterous story lines that don't make me say Oh, Please!)  

3. What are you most proud of? My children and their on-going achievements.

4. Your most and least favourite people in history? Henry the 8th wasn't very nice, but probably agree with Anita regarding Hitler and Churchill. Churchill must have felt that he really did have the weight of the world on his shoulders. I certainly wouldn't have begrudged him his cigars and brandy :)

5. The country, city or other place you'd most like to visit? I'm not much of a traveller (see number 10 below) but I'd love to visit New York City. 

6. Which five people would you like to meet (dead, alive or fictional)? Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte,  Anne Bronte, Jane Austen (there's a pattern developing here), and the rest of Abba (see number 2 in random facts below). The rest of Abba will have to count as one person if that's allowed?

7. What makes you laugh the most? My daughter and I have a similar sense of humour and I love it when  one of us says or does something random and it tickles us, and we're off. Nobody else would find it funny, but we do. 

8. If you could know the future, what would you wish for? For me and all my loved ones and friends to live very long and very healthy lives. 

9. If you won the lottery and could donate money to charity, which charity would you choose and why? The Brittle Bone Society. A fantastic charity that helps people affected by Osteogenesis Imperfecta. I would give them shed loads of cash if I won the lottery!

10. Do you suffer from any little phobias or superstitions? Spiders and flying, in that order probably.

11. What's your favourite guilty pleasure? Abba and The Mamma Mia movie.  

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I have never flown.
2. I have met Bjorn from Abba.
3. I have a lazy eye, but it doesn't show, so I'm told.
4. It took me 4 attempts to pass my driving test.
5. Until my great grandmother died at the age of 103, there were 5 living generations in my family.
6. I used to be a punk rocker, well, I thought I was a punk rocker. A wannabe, really.
7. I still love punk music and that will never change.
8. I always wanted to be a writer, I just didn't admit it for a long time.
9. I have peered through a hole in the fence of Parson's Pleasure in Oxford (a punk-days adventure)
10. I have always longed for a sister
11. I had a cardiac ablation in 2009 due to SVT (Supra ventricular tachycardia) and during the procedure my heart rate got up to 280bpm. (The ablation cured me, thank goodness).

Hope you're still awake!
I'm going to pass the Liebster on to the following blogs if they have the time to take part: 


  1. Enjoyed reading your answers Louise. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite novels and I love Jane Austen's novels too. Can't believe you've met Bjorn from Abba! How, where? And that you used to be a punk rocker. Hope your edits are going well. Will go and look at those blogs now.x

  2. Hi Louise,

    It took me three attempts at the driving test, so I can sympathise with you!

    Good to learn more about you.

  3. Lovely to find out more about you, Louise. I too am petrified of spiders (and moths) and love Abba! A x

  4. I took 3 attempts on my driving test and big hairy spiders give me the shivers! Thanks for passing on to me, I have had it once before but I will post a link back etc next week. Thanks again :)

  5. Another one for the three attempts at the driving test. I'm starting to feel almost proud when I look at the illustrious company :)Great post, Louise. Love the random facts but can't believe you've never flown! Is it a fear of flying or of paying for all your children to have a seat each?? And 280 bpm? I didn't even think that was possible! Were you conscious? And if so, what did it feel like? I'm absolutely intrigued, please tell more!

  6. Hi Louise.

    Thank you so much for passing on the blog award. It made my morning to fire up the old laptop and find it! I'm off work on Friday and look forward to creating my Liebster post then.

    Ange x

  7. Thanks for all the comments! Jax, I was conscious when my heart was going like the clappers. In order to perform the ablation they had to set my heart going to find the problem. It was horrible, I was sedated but fully aware of it; all fixed now and I've turned into a caffeine monster, I had to avoid it for years as it would often trigger tachycardia, so it's lovely to be able to drink coffee and not worry about it anymore. I haven't flown, ever, but I'mm going to. What a lightweight! I am a little concerned about the expense... and all the other things I have bad dreams about re flying!

  8. Phew! There's a story in there somewhere - mix the fear of flying and that bpm and you've got your beginning - ha ha!

  9. I'm glad I've discovered your blog through Anita's blog.

    Great answers and I'm sure you'd love NYC should you ever visit, I was there a couple of years ago and it was incredible with so much to see.

  10. Thanks Georgina, hope you continue to enjoy the blog, I'm going to be posting reviews over the next week or so of a couple of novels I have read and loved recently.

    NYC is waiting for me, I will go, I must, never mind the fear of flying. The worse that can happen is the plane crashes and I die, well, I'm going to die anyway, sooner or later, so what's the issue?? ;)