Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Finally, a New Blog Post (of the Q&A Kind)!

Gosh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? [Insert lame excuses as to why I haven’t blogged in ages here] [Keep going, I’ve got heaps of excuses].

Whew, sorry for the blog paragraph. Anyway, Alyssa over at I am Writer... Hear Me Roar tagged me in blog hop interview, which is a pretty good prompt for blogging. Thanks, Alyssa! So:

What in your opinion do you think YA (or fiction in general) needs more of? I’m not much of an expert in YA, but I think that there should be more YA novels targeted to guys. In my opinion, a lot is targeted towards girls, and most writers I follow on the Internet write YA for girls. A good 90% of the blogs I follow are written by people who write YA fiction about kissing, shopping, and other gooey stuff.

What is something you would absolutely love to see a book about? (Be specific if possible!) I guess I’d like to see some good thrillers/mysteries/anything really set in Australia. Most fictional characters don’t get so far down south as the fantastically-diverse continent of Australia.

(Side note: Huh, I’M about to write a novel set in Australia. What a coincidence!)

How many non-American authors can you name? (List them!) I can name heaps. So many, in fact, that this post would be way to long if I listed them all. But the non-American authors on my bookshelf include: Andy McDermott (UK); Steig Larsson (Sweden); Matthew Reilly (Australia); Jeffrey Archer (UK); Tara Moss (Canada/Australia); Andy McNabb (UK); CS Lewis (UK); JK Rowling (UK); JRR Tolkien (UK)...

How many non-American YA authors can you name? (List them!) This question’s a lot harder. CS Lewis, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien…. and… annd….aaaannnd…. I’ll skip this question.

What are books that have made you sob and/or cry out loud? I’m a guy, and we don’t really have tear ducts. That said, I do remember getting something stuck in my eye several times while reading George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (aka. Game of Thrones). I suppose Harry Potter had a similar effect.

What is your favourite book from childhood? I was really keen on all of Enid Blyton’s books, particularly her Secret Seven series. I also really enjoyed the Animorphs book as well once I was a little older.

What do you like to do that has absolutely nothing to do with reading, writing, or anything of the like? Travel! I absolutely love traveling the world and seeing new things and meeting new people! That said, you do need money for all that… and I don’t have any at the moment…

What does diversity mean to you? I’m pretty sure I had to answer this question on an exam once… But I guess it’s about including people from all walks of life: men, women, white people, black people, red people, yellow people, people with disabilities, etc.

How would you describe your style of clothing? Ordinary, I suppose. I like hoodies and jeans in winter, and shirt and shorts in summer.

What is your goal in life? (It could be at the moment or overall) At the moment: getting a part time job again and finishing university. TWO. SEMESTERS. LEFT. Overall: I want to be a successful writer and I want to travel the world (I know right, pretty easy goals.)

So, now I get to choose 10 less-than-10-because-I’ve-never-been-good-at-this-requirement people to answer 10 questions of my choosing.

I name Amanda and Maggie, because, like me, they could use a kick in the pants prompt to blog again. But really, anyone who's interested should play along!

Aaaannnd the ten questions are:

1. What are you working on right now?
2. What’s on your desk at the moment?
3. You have a million dollars! How do you spend it?
4. Favourite TV show at the moment? Why?
5.  What's the first sentence on your current WIP?
6. If you could live in any time period in any country, which one would you choose?
7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what one book would you want to have with you, and why?
8. Do you like happy endings or not-so-happy endings?
9. Describe your ideal setting for writing
10. If you went on a holiday to anywhere in the world, where would you go?