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A Bunch of Awards

Published August 25, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

A Bunch of Awards

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Thank you Tazein  http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/

You are very kind for nominating me for this bundle of awesome awards.

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Not sure what I have done to deserve them but I will accept graciously, pass them on to 15 more deserved bloggers. And let them know to do the same.

Here are my lovely nominees – may you also pass forward this honour to some equally amazing bloggers of your own choosing (you only need to choose 15 of your own choosing – I couldn’t decide between all these awesome bloggers so I chose 20) … ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ passing on the love ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Don’t forget to let them know on their blog that you have nominated them ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  1. Frances Gibbs (My beautiful Mum) http://wgibbs1.wordpress.com/hi-everyone/
  2. Barbara Crowe http://barbaracroweauthor.wordpress.com/about/
  3. Jane Dougherty http://janedougherty.wordpress.com/
  4. Belsbror http://belsbror.wordpress.com/
  5. Purple Rays http://purplerays.wordpress.com/
  6. Helen Valentina http://helenvalentina.com/about/
  7. Jess http://thefeveredpen.wordpress.com/about-2/
  8. Leteisha Newton http://leteisha.wordpress.com/about/
  9. Soma Mukherjee http://somkritya.wordpress.com/about-me/
  10. Minted Moose http://mintedmoose.net/sample-page/
  11. Cancer Killing Recipe http://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/my-65-th-birthday/
  12. Sophie http://sophiebowns.wordpress.com/about/
  13. Evie http://girlseule.wordpress.com/about/
  14. Christina Strigas http://christinastrigas.wordpress.com/
  15. Karen Ellis http://followkarenellis.com/about/
  16. Andra Watkins http://andrawatkins.com/about-andra-watkins/
  17. Damyanti http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/about/
  18. Daniel http://growupproper.wordpress.com/
  19. Jean Reinhardthttp://jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com/
  20. Giraffe’s Song http://giraffessong.blogspot.co.uk/

Liebster award interview

Published June 8, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

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Since I have already got this award and don’t want to go through the whole nominating process again, I will just say thank you to Diana Rozevskis http://diana-rozevskis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/oh-my-goodness-im-on-roll.html#comment-form for re-noninating me and I will answer the questions she set 😉

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I have always known I wanted to be a writer.  I remember writing little stories as a small child and always getting merits for creative writing 🙂 .  I just found an old folder of stories actually, that I wrote in my teens and I am rewriting one of those stories to post on my blog now.

What genre do you like to write in?

I am more comfortable writing science fiction and fantasy or paranormal fiction rather than factual writing.  My imagination cannot be contained..

Do you have a favourite place to write?

Yes – my bed!

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?

That’s hard because I have written so many characters.  I suppose I really like my ‘Rainbow Rune Master‘ because he is just such a colourful children’s fantasy character with so much potential.  He is a wizard, a rune master, a teacher and a very friendly, warm, fun old guy! And of course Grifin who is the greedy little green dragon, also in my toddler books.  In my adult novels I have a character I am writing called Qaphsiel and she is an angel.  I love her depth and emotion and spirituality.  Not sure when my readers will get to meet her.  Another of my favourite characters is Pearl from my Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge novel because she is a strong character and a real hero.  But of course my favourite of all my characters has to be Ellenor from The Realm of the Purple Dragon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Realm-Purple-Dragon-Laura-Crean/dp/1470974800/ref=la_B007SEWAXQ_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370700705&sr=1-1  because she really is based on my own daughter Ellenor and she has many of my daughter’s characterisitics, she is strong, kind, thoughtful, caring, brave and the real live hero that my daughter truly is. ❤

What, or who, inspires you when writing?

So many writers inspire me to write I couldn’t possibly name them all but if you go to my Goodreads profile you will see how many favourite authors I have.  More generally though, my children are my main inspiration and little personal muses.  Of course everything you read and consume through the media inspires and influences you as a writer.

Do you plan every detail when writing a book or do you just write off the cuff, so-to-speak?

To be honest I do a bit of both.  Shorter stories and poems can be completely off the cuff and even novel ideas will be off the cuff, where I will get an idea and just write it down to see where it goes and then if I think it could be a good book I will then go back and start planning where I think it is going and develop the characters, plot and setting in more depth.

Who are your favourite authors?

That is such a hard one to answer because I really do love so many different writers of all genres. Take a look at my goodreads list here http://www.goodreads.com/fanships/user/7260707-laura-crean

Are you self-published? And what are your views or experiences on this?

I am self-published and it has been a hard old slog to organise myself to do this.  I really do not make any money so you can see it is a work of love and passion that keeps me doing what I love – writing – and when someone reads my work, even if it is just a poem or a blog piece or they decide to buy one of my books and give me positive feedback, well that’s enough for me.  Of course I would love more people to actually buy the books but I think even if I were published with a big publisher, there is just sooo much competition out there and it is very hard for a writer to get noticed.  Building up a fan base through social networking takes time, and I have met so many wonderful people through the internet so yes, I would hope that one day many people will be buying and reading my books but I am happy to be in control of the publishing side of things and it is lovely when people buy a book and leave a lovely review somewhere on the internet. 🙂

What are you writing at the moment?

I am currently writing so many things you’ll be lucky to see anything finished this side of next year 😀 – but I am trying to concentrate on some shorter stories for anthologies and having fun with that (you will find them springing up left, right and centre I’m sure).  Also I have the second book in my Realm of the Purple Dragon series underway (bit of a writer’s block on that one at the moment)https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Realm-of-the-Purple-Dragon/308511272516313?ref=hl and a YA novel called Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge https://www.facebook.com/AtlantisAndTheDolphinOfKnowledge?ref=hl.  And sometimes I do a bit of work on the odd toddler or infant book, which you can find listed in my online Lulu.com book shop – http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LauraCrean

 What advice would you give to new writers?

Keep writing and reading and really enjoy and get lost in your work.  Then polish it, edit it, edit it some more then maybe again LOL and then get some critiqe and advice from other writers and trust your instincts.

Where can we find your books on sale?

On Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laura-Crean/e/B007SEWAXQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

and Lulu.com – http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/LauraCrean

Very Inspiring Blog Award

Published May 19, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

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I would like to thank Ur of ‘Musings of Ur’ – for nominating me for the Very inspiring blog award.  You definitely deserved this award Ur.  I love your blog.  Lots of musings, lovely writings, paintings etc. to browse. 🙂  https://musingsofur.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/my-favorite-painting-and-an-award/

Seven things about me:-

1. I live by the sea but haven’t been swimming in the sea yet this year LOL

2. I hate housework

3. I can’t live without a spell check on my laptop :O

4. I am a cat person not a cat woman – although that would be cool – think I’d look a bit odd in a black leather cat suit though!

5. I love looking at the stars for hours on a Summer’s night

6. My daughter’s think I’m a UFO freak because I watch too many UFO vids on You tube

7. I like to tap dance in my kitchen when I’m alone! 😀

Oh my goodness – finding 15 bloggers to nominate?! What the? OK – this was tough!  I really wanted to nominate people who I think have very inspiring aspects of their blogs – so ALL these blogers are awesome and deserve to be checked out:-

My nominations are:-

  1. Quillan and Angela at Toemail –  http://toemail.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/meskine-cameroon/
  2. Paul at poesy plus polemics – http://poesypluspolemics.com/2013/05/
  3. Alexey Markovitch at Bright moments catcher – http://markovicharts.com/
  4. Andra Watkins at The Accidental Cootchie Mamahttp://andrawatkins.com/about-andra-watkins/
  5. Opinionated Man at Harsh Reality – http://aopinionatedman.com/about/
  6. The Mad Hatter at Death Ray Wish – http://deathraywish.wordpress.com/
  7. Aleksejs at Love. Life. – http://skillcode.wordpress.com/
  8. T.B.M. at 50 Year Project – http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/
  9. All about le mon at All around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe  – http://allaboutlemon.com/about/
  10. Hearts Ignited – http://heartsingnited.wordpress.com/
  11. Novice Dad at the Novice Dad’s Diary – http://thenovicedadsdiary.com/2013/05/10/and-so-it-begins/#comment-143
  12. Sanoj Jose at Where the Angels Meet to Post Messages – http://joseasanoj.wordpress.com/2013/05/ and Music of the Soul – http://poemsoffiction.wordpress.com/about/
  13. Maggie at Brainstorms: How Epilepsy and Writing connect –  http://maggiemendus.wordpress.com/about/
  14. Tonia at Sharing My World, My Journey – http://bubblesfrommyday.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/to-my-wall/
  15. Sarah Monagle at Pondering it All – http://sarahmonagle.wordpress.com/2013/05/

Liebster blog award

Published May 13, 2013 by Laura Crean Author

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Oh my goodness I’m on a roll.  I have been nominated for a Liebster award.  I am posting this here and also on my awards page.

——————————————————————————————————————Liebster is a german word that apparently means –  sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Awwwwww!  How cute is that?

Thank you sooooo much Ann  http://imusthavelostmymarbles.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this most Awesome blog award (blushing – a lot!!!)

Apparently these are the rules

  1. Thank the blog that has given you the award.   
  2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you.
  3. Choose 11 people (who have less than 200 readers) and link them in your post.
  4. Create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer
  5. Go to their page and tell them.

These are the questions that the lovely Ann set for me…

1. What or Who inspired you to start a blog?                                                                

 A lovely young man called Ricky Schaede  who is a fellow writer who I met via Facebook.  I read his blog and was so inspired I decided to start one myself.

http://rickyschaedewrites.wordpress.com/

2. What is the one thing you have always wanted to do?                                                               

I have always wanted to go to Egypt and visit the Great pyramids.  I unfortunately have never had the finances to do so – Oh well!  There’s still time!

3. What is the best book you have read recently?

I think by far the best book I have read in the last couple of years out of the huge number and vastly different subject matters is “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sophies-World-Novel-History-Philosophy/dp/1857992911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368456115&sr=8-1&keywords=sophie%27s+world+jostein+gaarder

4. What annoys you the most?

People who are ignorant and intolerant of disabilities that are not clearly evident, especially when it comes to children with autism or ADHD or adults with invisible disabilities.

5. Your favourite blog?

Well, it has to be my little girl’s photo blog at the moment.  She’s only just started it and it’s soooo cute! She’s only 8  http://alicecrean.wordpress.com/me/

6. What is the best and the worst thing about blogging?

The best thing about blogging is being able to share my love of writing, art and poetry and hopefully inspiring some people in the process.  The worse thing about blogging is that it is very addictive LOL and can be time consuming!

7. What is your favourite TV show at the moment?

I want to be able to say Doctor Who because it is my all-time favourite series – however – this season is very disappointing.  So my favourite programme at the moment has to be Elementary with Johny Lee Miller and Lucy Lieu.

8. What can you not live without?

My children

9. Name one skill that you wish you had?

The skill of Public Speaking

10. What is the high of your day?

My children coming home from school and telling me about the highs of their day

11. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Most definitely chocolate

My nominations are

1. Hikari Yori and team at http://daylighttune.wordpress.com/

2. Victoria at http://thewritingsbyvictoria.wordpress.com/

3. James Spruell at http://thepoetsheart.com/

4. Nancy Wait at  http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/18706847/

5. Gary Trotman at http://steelasophical.wordpress.com/

6. Dewey Dirks at http://questioningway.wordpress.com/

7. Raven Dane at http://ravendanefantasyauthor.wordpress.com/

8. Talitha K. McEachin at http://conservativeintrospection.wordpress.com/

9. Aris Lisvacor at http://intothemindofthewriter.wordpress.com/about/

10. Catherine Wolffe at http://catherinewolffe.wordpress.com/about/

11. Diana Rozevskis at  http://diana-rozevskis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/crafted-with-love-and-care.html#comment-form (I know Diana hasn’t got a WordPress blog but she so deserves this award anyway!)

my questions for you are…

  1. What do you live for?
  2. Who inspires you the most and why?
  3. What is your biggest fear?
  4. What is your favourite genre of fiction?
  5. What is your all-time favourite Movie and why?
  6. What is your favourite blog and why?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. Biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life?
  9. Do you rule with your head or your heart?
  10. Favourite place?
  11. Are you currently writing a book?
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