Liebster Award for Blogging – Marti Melville’s Blog “Musings of a Writer”

To be honest, I’ve never heard of the Liebster Award, and while I was honored to be nominated, I had no idea what that meant. After a quick look into the award, I was pleased to find out that it’s an award meant to share. I like those kinds of awards and gratefully accept my nomination to this awesome award.

Take a look at what this award is all about (my answers are below):


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Questions to answer:

  • When and why did you begin writing?
    I began writing when two of my sons were deployed at the same time (different wars). I couldn’t sleep at night and began to do some research on a family name. I discovered a relatively unknown pirate and decided his story was too good to pass up. That night, Midnight Omen was born.

  • What is your chosen genre and what was your motivation for choosing it?  I write paranormal historical fiction. My preference to write about “possibilities” in history drives me to think about, “what would happen if…?” in every historical event. Paranormal stuff is just cool!

  • Is your blog in the same genre, and if not, why did you decide to make it different? I blog about writing, stories, history, life. It’s broad but everything ties back to the “what ifs” in history.

  • What came first – blogging or novel/short story writing? Definitely, the novel-writing came first. Blogging is not natural to me, but I’m learning to enjoy it more and more.

  • Do you think a blog is a must for a writer, and if so, why? Blogging has become a “must” for a writer because of the evolution of social media and how it plays into exposure. I can’t get my books “out there” if no one knows about them or who I am.

  • Describe your writing routine and why it works for you? I have the luxury to write every day, all day (if I want). Mostly, I write blogs and business writing during the daylight hours, then write my fiction at night when the stars are out and the moonlight brings mystery into my world.

  • Do you have a special place to write, and if so, where and why? I sit in an oversized leather chair to write lately, but Midnight Omen began on a lounge chair on my front porch in the moonlight one summer night. Dialogue comes all the time, anywhere (even on the freeway – yup, true!)

  • If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself as you embark on your writing journey? Take the time to do it right the first time. I was anxious to get my books out into the public eye and accepted the first publisher that made an offer to me. Bad idea! There was so much work that needed to be done on that first manuscript. Finally, three publishers later and after many rewrites, the third edition is being released. The series is finally written the way it was meant to.

  • What is your favourite genre and is it the same one you write? (see the answer to the second question above)

  • What do you feel the advantages and disadvantages of blogging are? The advantage of blogging is to gain exposure, build a brand, and allow readers to get to know you. The disadvantage is that my drive is to write novels. I sometimes struggle to come up with content that I think would be interesting to my blog readers…however, if I just start typing my thoughts, it seems to work the best.

  • What was the best piece of advice you have ever received? Pick your battles.

Paula’s 11 questions for me:

  1. How would you describe what you are? That’s an interesting question. I am a passionate, creative, joyful woman. 
  2. What was the path that brought you to do this? To write full-time, the path was one filled with trial & error. The journey was not easy (making a career from writing is long and difficult, at best) but the most rewarding thus far. I think sticking to a structure that allowed me to write full time while facing the realities that bills needed to be paid, allowed the two to finally merge. 
  3. Is this what you’ve always dreamed you’d do for a living? Not even close. But my passion has always been in the entertainment industry. I diverted to work as an ER nurse for 16 years to feed my family. But fate brought me back to my passion and I’m grateful every day for it. Writing is a blessing, not a job!
  4. If you could be anything else – what would it be? A screenwriter actively writing and producing films in that industry. I’ve got several screenplays in Hollywood with major producers. It’s a waiting game right now but I am ever hopeful.
  5. How are you supported in what you do? My writing supports me financially, investments have my back during slow times, and my husband is my biggest advocate and cheerleader.
  6. What’s the best part of your day? Wow…tough question. I have many. Quiet mornings with my dogs are the best way to start the day writing. Walking the beach at sunset brings my inspiration. Family time grounds me. Each of those is valuable and the “best part of my life!”
  7. What’s the worst part of your day? Interruptions. When I’m in the groove, an interruption completely messes with my head. I have to write when the ideas are coming or they’ll be lost — that’s honoring the Universe as it supports my work. Usually, I have myself to blame for the interruptions because I haven’t set up my own schedule well enough to prevent them.
  8. Do you have distractions? If so, what are they and why? (see above)  Mostly, the distractions in my creative writing stem from messages, emails, calls, and demands from Doce Blant Publishing company (I am the owner and CEO). They are all good things, but definitely stops the creative process, which is sometimes is difficult to get back.
  9. Do you believe you have control over what you do, or is it fate? Both. I’ve talked a bit about this above.
  10. Describe yourself in five positive words. Happy, passionate, impulsive, genuine, creative
  11. How are you feeling at this moment and why? A little tired. I didn’t get enough sleep last night…but I never do.

 

11 Random Facts about Me:

  1. I used to sing, dance, and act professionally. Writing seemed to always thread its way into one of those (through writing lyrics, designing choreography, or writing for films). Interestingly, I now write novels and screenplays.  It seems that writing has come full circle in my life.
  2. Doce Blant Publishing came about when my previous publisher refused to publish any more of my books.  She was angry that I had asked her about some questionable activities she was engaged in (falsified health issues that translated into suspected fraud — I am an RN, so things didn’t make sense…but I digress). Panicked, I asked my husband,”Now what do I do?” I didn’t want to start the submission process again, and after two really dishonest, lousy publishers, I was pretty disheartened. My husband’s advice, “Do it yourself.”  The challenge was to create a publishing company that didn’t appear as a self-published company — I wanted to design a traditional publishing company. Fate would have it that the finances came in and the opportunity provided to do just that. Doce Blant Publishing was soon launched.
  3. The Grandma BallyHuHu books are written for each of my grandchildren. I have seven grandkids now (Boone is the first and the last is still brewing, anticipated in December of this year). The second book, Grandma BallyHuHu and the Sparkly TuTu is written for my granddaughter, who doesn’t like the chapter I’m writing now…not so much.  So, back to the drawing board. I’ve got a lot of writing to do on that series over the next two years.
  4. I never tire of The Deja vu Chronicles. With the re-launch of the 3rd edition through Doce Blant, I have had the opportunity to work with a new editor, which means re-writing and working the ms. It’s been a time to rediscover the story and some of the nuances that I’d forgotten. I really love Kathryn’s character and the Caribbean. It will be a sad day when I finish writing Cutthroat’s Omen.
  5. Recently, I was accepted as a member of the Author’s Guild. This is one of my proudest writing accomplishments. Doce Blant Publishing was also accepted as a member of the Association of American Publishers, as well as receiving a Library of Congress assignment (meaning the books published by Doce Blant Publishing will be given Library of Congress numbers’s in the US LCN catalog). That is HUGE! The greatest compliment I received was in a press release published in Forbes Magazine, 2011. It’s posted in this pic and I’m still tremendously honored by what it says.
    JKRowling and Stephenie Meyer and Marti Melville quote about The Deja vu Chronicles
  6. I plan to write a historical fiction set in the Civil War, although my dad suggested I write something from the Revolutionary War. TURN (AMC’s TV series) is one of my favorite series currently. I like his suggestion and will likely look at. I have the screenplay for Onyx Rising started and plan to launch into that with my screenwriting hat … as soon as I’ve fixed the “boring stuff” in Sparkly TuTu!
  7. I LOVE bitter, dark chocolate and foot rubs. 
  8. My solace is at the beach. Almost daily, I walk my beagle (Beaker) around the 2-mile loop that circles Monarch Beach back to home. There, my mind is cleared and my soul comes back to center. 
  9. I have five kids that are the most amazing people! I learn daily from each of them. My husband has seven kids, also amazing people. Together that makes TWELVE kids! I could have written “Yours, Mine, and Ours!”
  10. Jerry Lewis and Doris Day movies are my favorite comedies. JAWS is my favorite all-time film. The Haunting (1963 black & white) is my favorite horror film (and I LOVE horror films). I absolutely love sitting in a theater with popcorn and a diet Cherry Coke.
  11. Hobbies include: walking (the beach), reading (duh!), yoga, biking, skiing (my dad is a 3x Olympic skier, so I grew up on the white stuff and “sticks”), handwork (knitting, quilting, cross-stitch), playing guitar (I used to be a “lounge lizard” in college), and of course…writing.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me. I hope you’ll take a minute to look at The Deja vu Chronicles and Grandma BallyHuHu

The Deja vu Chronicles and Grandma BallyHuHu by Marti Melville

Thank you for this opportunity, P. J. Roscoe. Paula is the author of Echoes, a paranormal romance novel. To view her website:  http://www.pjroscoe.co.uk/

I nominate for the Liebster Award:  
Deanna Jewel      Author Deanna Jewel, paranormal romance writer and winner of the 2016 Marie M. Irvine Literary Excellence Award

Barnacle Bill Bedlam   Barnacle Bill Bedlam, author of Skeleton Krewe

Cutter Slagle    Cutter Slagle author of The Next Victim and 'Til Death, murder mystery novels

Dr. Paul    Dr. Paul Schreiter, author of the Real Mom's Dental Pocket guides

David K. Bryant   David K. Bryant is the author of Beyond the Last Hill

Thanks in advance to these amazing writers for answering the questions (below). Feel free to copy and paste to your blog per the rules above.

The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award images

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. list these rules in your post Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

Questions to answer:

  • When and why did you begin writing?

  • What is your chosen genre and what was your motivation for choosing it?

  • Is your blog in the same genre, and if not, why did you decide to make it different?

  • What came first – blogging or novel/short story writing?

  • Do you think a blog is a must for a writer, and if so, why?

  • Describe your writing routine and why it works for you?

  • Do you have a special place to write, and if so, where and why?

  • If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself as you embark on your writing journey?

  • What do you feel the advantages and disadvantages of blogging are?

  • What was the best piece of advice you have ever received?

 

My Questions to the Nominees:

  • What inspires your characters (are they purely fictional or are they based on someone you know)?

  • What are your long-term goals and dreams with your writing?

  • Have you ever considered writing in a different genre or medium?

  • Is it difficult to leave a ms you have “finished” and move on to another? Why?

  • Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

  • Do you write longhand, by dictation, or by computer? Why?

  • What motivated you to write your book?

  • How did you become published? Do you have advice for those looking for a publisher?

  • What was the most rewarding experience related to your book(s)?

  • What advice do you have for other writers?

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