Show & Tell – Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a tag that highlights bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Many thanks to the lovely @


The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog


Maria’s Questions for Me:

1. What book did you read over and over when you were a child? What did you like about it?

I was a big reader as a kid, and my mom believes in bookshelves, so we had a lot of books to pick from! I read a lot of our books over and over again, but I think the ones that were best-loved were illustrated. I’ve always been drawn to lovely artwork.

2. Have you ever written fanmail to an author (or other famous person)? Who? Did you get a response?

I’ve never written an ink-to-paper letter to an author, but thanks to the wonders of social media, I have been able tag them so they know I’ve enjoyed their work. These small gestures are such a cool (and easy) way to encourage authors that their book has fallen into the right hands.

3. You are driving across country with three fictional characters. Who’s driving? Who’s navigating? Who’s there just for the fun of it? Who’s always asking to stop to go to the bathroom? (Remember, you’re in the car, too!)

  1. Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)
  2. Tupper Meadowsweet (Meadowsweet by C. J. Milbrandt)
  3. Felicity Pickle (A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd)

Howl has to drive because he’s the only one who can. He makes everyone nervous because he tends to be easily distracted, and complains often about doing all of the work. Tupper is a quiet and helpful navigator. Nobody really knows what he’s thinking, but he does seem to enjoy watching the scenery, and picking up random rocks at rest stops. Felicity and I hang out in the back seat. As seasoned roadtrippers, we know how to make the time pass quickly, and enjoy some word-nerdy games. I’m the one who always has to use the restroom, but these breaks seem suspiciously more like an excuse to pick up another coffee and some salty snacks…

4. You’re a famous photographer and you have been commissioned to take a portrait of your favourite author. Who is it and why did you choose this author? (In this scenario, time does not matter. So, feel free to choose an author who is either dead or alive.)

My favorite author is Diana Wynne Jones. I’d love to try and capture the same unique atmosphere that she can create with words in a picture.

5. Would you rather… your favourite author read their next book to you; OR dedicate it to you, where your name will forever be immortalized?

I know it’s incredibly awkward for a writer to read their own work aloud, I would feel guilty for picking that. I think a dedication (or at least being mentioned in the acknowledgements) would be amazing, though.

6. You’ve just been kidnapped by a notorious gang of (you guessed it) kidnappers! The members of the SWAT team sent in to rescue you are characters from the last book you read. Who is coming? (And is this a good thing?)

Cucumber, Almond, and Sir Carrot to the rescue! I think the Cucumber Quest crew would get the job done, but things probably wouldn’t go quite according to plan.

7. What is your favourite quote?

“Dress like you’re already famous.”


8. You walk into a room. There are three people in the room. Each person is a fictional character that you absolutely cannot stand. Who are these three characters?

  1. Olivia Stellatella from The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
  2. Princess Emma from The Frog Princess by E. B. Baker
  3. Keladry from the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

9. What was your dream job as a kid? Is it anything like what you do now?

I wasn’t the type of kid who worried too much about growing up, but I did entertain the idea of being a marine biologist (I loved ocean documentaries) or a horse trainer (I went through the horse-crazy phase hard). Instead, I’m a graphic designer, but that seems to make better sense.

10. You are going to be exiled on a desert island for three months. What are three books you would take with you? (No need to worry about escaping/survival guides. This is a luxurious desert island. There’s just no internet or other such distractions.)

With three months on my hands, I’d pick some longer books, probably quirky non-fiction titles about Victorian lifestyle, superstitions in different cultures, and niche hobbies. These are always interesting (to me, anyway) and often inspire new ideas for my writing!

11. Who gave you your love of reading?

My mom has always been a Reader. She is voracious, reads widely, and always knows how to sniff out a good book. She’s always pushed me and my siblings to read, even before we knew how.



My Nominations


Your Questions

  1. What is your favorite thing to receive as a gift?
  2. List three things that are closest to you that say a lot about your personality.
  3. Which fictional character has stuck with you the most, and why?
  4. What question do you get asked waaay too often?
  5. If you were teleported to a world that reflected your favorite genre, what would it look like?
  6. Share 3-5 book covers that you think are gorgeous. Have you read any of them?
  7. What three songs do you listen to the most often? Share a line from each.
  8. Do you know anyone in real life whose name really needs to be in a book?
  9. Do you read Indie books? If so, do you have any recommendations?
  10. What fictional gadget do you wish you owned?
  11. If you were a Disney Princess what would your brand look like, and which fairy tale would your story be based on?

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