Friday, March 2, 2012


Elisabeth, over at The Second Sentence, was tagged by a Blog Quiz and issued an invitation to run with it. So, I picked it up and will deviate from the rules in the same way Elisabeth has done. 

First, I've answered Elisabeth's 11 questions then written my own below. Instead of tagging 11 fellow bloggers, I'll let you choose if you want to pick it up and carry it on. Or you could answer my questions in the comments. Whatever you choose - have fun!

1. Novels or short stories?
I started off writing novels, but ended up writing short stories as well. And although I occasionally read short stories, I much prefer novels - the longer the better!

2. Do you usually read a book before or after watching the film version?
It just depends on which version presents itself first.

3. Are you a fast writer or do you work slowly?
Definitely a slow writer. In fact I'm slow at everything. 

4. Who is a favorite obscure or forgotten author you'd like to see get more attention?
R.F.Delderfield. I read many of his books over 20 years ago and loved them. My favourites were A Horseman Riding By trilogy and To Serve Them All My Days. Lately I've been thinking of re-reading them - again.

5. Best mystery you've ever read?
I don't usually read mysteries. I know I've read a few and enjoyed them, but I can't think of the titles.

6. What book made you laugh the hardest?
I'm not much of a one for comedy either, but The Help had some really good laugh out loud moments, and some teary moments too.

7. Have you read any author's complete works?
Yes. When I like an author I want to read everything they've written. I've read all of Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy (novels only), Nancy E Turner and Brenda Rickman Vantrease. And there are several others that I am short by only a book or two: Sharon Penman, Sara Donati, Diana Gabaldon, and Cecelia Ahern.

8. What place used as the setting in a book you've read would you like to visit?
I think I almost always want to go to the place where the book I am reading is set; whether that is in an other part of the world or another time: Wyoming in the 1880s, Italy, Britain in almost any century ... and the list goes on. I know I wouldn't like to go to any place where there was a war - no matter how much I'm enjoying the book.

9. What is your favorite BBC miniseries adaptation?
The above novels by R.F.Delderfield were dramatised and they were excellent. Poldark was wonderful too and how can I not mention Pride and Prejudice - the Colin Firth, one of course!

10. If you had the chance to write the screenplay for a classic novel adaptation (whether or not it's been done before), which would you pick?
The Three Musketeers, but I would make it serious and not a comedy, because as a child it was deadly serious to me and I loved it that way!

11. Do you tell people where you got your inspiration for stories, or keep it a deep dark secret?
I tell people, if they ask.

Now here are my questions:

1. What is your favourite all time novel?
2. The first grown-up book you read?
3. Your favourite children's author?
4. Do you have an eReader and how often do you use it?
5. If you could be anyone - what hero/heroine would you chose?
6. Do you have a favourite New Zealand movie?
7. A favourite New Zealand novel?
8.Where do you find the best place to find bargain book 'treasures'?
9. How many books do you read in an average year?
10.What is your favourite classic novel?
11. What book do you wish you had written?

Let me know if you carry this on so I can read the answers to my questions. :)


  1. Great answers! I'd never heard of R.F. Delderfield before - I just looked him up quickly on Goodreads and his books look interesting.

    The Three Musketeers is on my to-read list - one of the classics that I haven't gotten around to yet!

    1. I think you would like Delderfield. I hope you enjoy The Three Musketeers when you get around to reading it.

  2. Great questions and answers! I was just trying to decide what to post next, then I linked here. It must have been waiting for me. I'll copy the questions and post my answers in a few days. I'm away this weekend.

    Thanks, Sue.

  3. I'll watch out for your answers! Have a great weekend away and I hope the weather 'bomb' doesn't interfere with your plans.

  4. I'll answer number eleven right here - I wish I had written UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand. It's not a novel, but nonfiction and one of the BEST books ever. As a historian, THAT is the type of book I want to write (nonfiction, anyway).

    My favorite all-time novel is TREE OF GOLD by Rosalind Laker. It was published in the 1980s, but it's still my absolute favorite novel. Rosalind Lakere introduced me to historical fiction and gave me my love of history.

    Fun questions!

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for stopping by. I haven't heard of either of these books, but I will check them out. It's always good to find new books - especially historical ones!