Sunshine Blogger Award


What is the Sunshine Blogger Award? The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their blogspace and/or their social media.

I was surprised to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by a new friend and fellow author: Douglas B. Wimmer. Douglas is encouraging me into the world of blogging and has been cheering my beginner steps into social media. His Twitter page is sarcastically funny.  Also, you can find his own website and follow him here.

This is all new to me, but here are the rules:

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Name drop and link to the blog of the awesome person who nominated you.
  • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write (or borrow/steal) eleven questions for them to answer.

So here are my answers to Mr. Wimmer’s questions followed by my own nominees:


  • Name the author you look up to the most or would like to emulate as you begin your Authorial Rise to Stardom?
    • William Goldman (author of the Princess Bride): His book has been transformed into a movie cult classic. He is sarcastic and witty, and he fooled half of his audience into thinking that he just edited an abridged version of the book from a fictitious author S. Morgenstern. So clever!
  • What is your writer’s fuel? Besides Coffee/Caffeine. Because let’s face it that’s like oxygen for a writer. 
    • Hello Kitty fruit snacks (No, I don’t have kids… don’t judge)


  • What is one writer’s rule you know you probably should follow but you love to bend/break?
    • The dream cliché. I’ve done it since I was little J My third grade daily assignment journal ended nearly every day with “and then I woke up and it was only a dream” Not so creative… But now I’ve developed a story with quite an interesting theory on where dreams can lead you. And the fun part is, it’s based on an ancient philosophy from Plato! (wow… I’m a nerd)


  • You have unlimited resources. What do you do with all of your wealth?
    • What don’t I do?! It’s unlimited! First, take care of my friends and family, then retire from my current job and become a full-time world traveler! With all that time… Oh the books I could write!
  • Do you have a book or author that is a “guilty pleasure” for you? You know… THAT one. You can tell me. I won’t tell a soul. 
    • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I now will remain single until I find my own eighteenth century Scottish Highlander…. *sigh*


  • Many writers put snippets or pieces of themselves into their work, whether it be experiences, places they’ve lived, or people they’ve known. Roughly what percentage of You is in your work? 
    • Ohhhh a bit! I think all my characters have a small part of me in them (Except Uncle Mike, he is straight up Michael Caine in my head!) But when my mom was reading my first book Reminiscence, she was offended that the main character Nora was an orphan. When I asked her why, she said, “Well Amy, Nora sounds like she looks very similar to you, blonde hair, and freckles. I can’t believe you’d kill me off!” LOL! Beneath the surface I’ve mixed my own experiences into the story… Write what you know, after all!
  • What will make you smile, without fail, even on the worst of days? It can be a thing, person, or even a thought. Everything is on the table. Whatever puts a grin on your face.
    • Drop Dead Fred!


  • Cats. Am I right?
    • Errr… I suppose my chihuahua is the closest canine to a cat that there is… I’m a dog gal!



  • How long have you been writing, and why did you decide to take a run at it despite it being a very challenging career choice?
    • I started writing Reminiscence in 2014, but I’ve had the idea in my head for ages. I was in a tough spot and lost a huge opportunity in my career. I thought my career was over, in fact. It was a real slump. Writing was my therapy at the time. It pulled me through. Since then, I have been lucky enough to get back into my career field and find success. Although writing has been more of a hobby to me, as my story started to develop, I started to really invest myself. Now I think I have a pretty good trilogy in the works. I know persistence paid off in my career, so if I can do the same with my writing, things just may work out!
  • You wrote a best seller. Hollywood wants it and they’re willing to pay you over a million for it. But they want the rights to sequels, spin offs, and remakes. How do you respond?
    • Umm… yes please!  I can already picture the Darcy action figures! Just one condition though: No splitting the third book into two movies… NO!
  • Enough complicated questions. What is your favorite vacation spot?
    • Portofino, Italy. Google It!

 Now onto the few bloggers I’d like to nominate for the Sunshine blogger award:

  • The first nominee is Rachel E. Wollaston. Rachel is a fellow Write On author who has been super supportive in my works and is currently getting ready to release her debut novel Kingdom which is available for pre-order here. You can also follow her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog which includes some impressive artwork!
  • Next up is Mark Gardner. Mark is another fellow Write On author that has captured my attention with his creative flair for cover art. Not to mention his extensive list of writing, his list of written works puts me to shame! You can find a list of his current works available here, and also follow him on Twitter.
  • Finally, I nominate Akje Majdanek. Akje is yet another Write On author who has been kind enough to help ease me into social media. She is one of the kindest people you’ll find on the site, and she creates the coolest text faces! You can follow her on Twitter, and find her published works here.

All three nominees are uber talented and way ahead of me in the game, I’m learning so much from them, so please check out their stuff!

OK… Here are my 11 questions for the nominees:

  1. If you could have any superpower, what power would you have (just one!)?
  2. Beach vacation, or Snowy Cabin?
  3. What type of book helps you “escape” from reality?
  4. If you could do any job (besides write of course) what would you do?
  5. If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would you choose to play your part?
  6. Where is your favorite place to write?
  7. If you could choose any deceased author (prior to 20th century) to have a conversation with, who would it be and why?
  8. Where is your catch-all mess pile? (Examples: a chair you pile clothes onto, an unorganized closet, etc)
  9. Choose one of three: Money, Power, Love. WHY?
  10. What drives you to Blog?
  11. And finally… (WARNING: shameless plug for Reminiscence coming) In my book, Nora is likes to take her time and savor one favorite thing. Her sister Char is a lover of variety, she likes to sample and enjoy. Which trait relates more to you?

I can’t wait to hear your answers, and have fun!


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