It would be impossible for me to list the five ultimate favorites, but I’ll list five books that I love. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Riddle-Master by Patricia McKillip.
2. What style do you enjoy writing in the most?
My style tweaks and morphs with each novel I write, to suit the genre or style of the book, so I really couldn’t say.
3. Whose writing to you admire the most?
I admire many authors, and they’re all very different. I admire the descriptive, evocative prose of Jenny and Rosemary Sutcliff. I love the depth and complexity of Patricia McKillip. I love the simple, clever humor of Diana Wynne Jones.
4. What is the thing that prevents you most from writing?
My own mind, more often than not. It’s like a troublesome bed – it doesn’t like to be made up.
5. What is your favorite WIP?
My current favorite WIP is Paper Hearts, but only because I’m ‘in the mood,’ as it were. My favorite changes depending on my turn of mind.
6. What is your nickname?
I have a few; ‘Mirri’ being the most common. Others include Momo (‘Peach’ in Japanese) and the newest, ‘Ma petite pomme de terre,‘ which is a nickname I received via letter this morning from Jenny and means ‘my little potato.’
7. How many siblings do you have?
I have four; two elder, married sisters, an elder brother, and my younger sister.
8. If you could visit anywhere, where would you visit?
If we’re choosing from this dimension and reality, then I would say the British Isles. I would be content to land anywhere in that region.
9. How many writing blogs do you follow?
Not many, to be honest. I follow the blogs of good friends who blog about writing quite frequently, but I don’t know that they could be counted as ‘writing blogs.’
10. If you had to choose between Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, who would you pick?
Joseph Morgan, and be done with it.
On to the next; a sort-of tag begun by Rachel Heffington and continued by Jenny and myself. (Jenny, you’re becoming rather famous in this post.) I was conversing about the topic of ‘cosy books’ with Jenny yesterday, and we came to the conclusion that we really don’t read many that fall into that category. The novels she listed are identical with mine, but I’ll add a few more that I think are rather ‘cosy’ so I can still claim a little originality for myself.
Anything by Beatrix Potter
I grew up half-in the world of Peter Rabbit and friends, and I collect the small hardbacks wherever I can.
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh was – and still is – one of my greatest fictional friends, always there when you need a hug or a small smackerel of hunny.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
This book is strange, whimsical, beautiful, and engaging. While perhaps not completely the stuff of snuggly sweaters, I re-read this book every year .
Instead of tagging anyone, I’m going to take the lazy route and open these to anyone who wishes to participate. Now, I’m off to continue putting in the final edits to Paper Crowns; the sooner to find an agent. And, very appropriately, the album Paper Hearts by Silver Trees just began playing. It’s a sign, and time for me to go!