I’ve been tagged by author Kim Scott (you can
check out her blog at http://www.kimscottbooks.com/apps/blog) as a participant
in the ‘My Lovely Blog’ blog hop.Thanks, Kim.
And now for the answers you've all been waiting for. DRUM ROLL PLEASE
At the young age of 4, I was
playing in front of our house with the other children.My mom was sitting on the front stairs,
talking with the other moms when a dad walking a St. Bernard headed towards our
little group.We squealed with delight
when told we could ride the dog, and one by one, each of my little friends was
put on the back of the St. Bernard who then walked to the corner of the block
and back again.By the time it was my
turn, the dog must have either been tired or resentful of being used as a
horse, because he threw me to the ground and bit my neck.And that is the reason why I am not an animal
My love for books began with my
first grade reader “Mac and Muff” - See Mac run. See Muff run.I don’t recall the titles of any other grade school readers, but I do remember
quite a few required reading novels while in high school:Ivanhoe,
Silas Marner, To Have and to Hold, to name but a few.Sir Walter Scott, George Eliot and Mary
Johnston created a visual world for an impressionable young mind to explore.
Being fascinated with historical
figures throughout the ages, my recreational reading might be considered
required texts for history courses.Favorites include Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Alfred the Great, Richard
III, Elizabeth I, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, Henry VIII and so on - too many
favorites to list.
An excellent find was
discovering Frans G. Bengtsson’s The Long
Ships and, more recently, Roma: A Novel
of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor.Thank you, Amazon, for your category menus - such a wonderful selection
of talented authors.
Libraries or Bookshops
While growing up, most of my
time was spent in the library, but with the advent of the mall, bookshops
popped up and, suddenly, you could easily purchase a favorite book not readily
available in the local library.
Yonkers, NY Public Library, Main Branch
Bookshops not only market best
sellers and new releases, they offer bargain books on a variety of topics,
which is how I built my medieval library.Imagine me doing a happy dance when I came upon an illustrated copy of
the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles on one of
It’s fun to browse a retail
bookstore - you never know what gems you will find.
I was an average student during
my high school years and after graduation, I studied medical technology in a
year-long program.Working in the field
for several years was rewarding, but I decided upon a different career path,
studying business administration.I was
either a late bloomer or my interests had changed, because I graduated with
honors with a B.S. degree.
Since writing-related courses
was not part of the curriculum, I signed up for creative writing workshops and
took non-credit writing courses throughout the years.I continue to hone my craft and am currently
enrolled in an on-line writing course at Future Learn.And yes, I’m still having fun.
What's Your Passion
First is my love for family -
number one priority in my life.You can find
me in the stands at all sporting events and dance competitions, cheering on my
grandchildren.It doesn’t get any better
Second is my passionate support
of the United States Military.Freedom
is not free and we must never forget the sacrifices of the men and women who
protect our country, and I have dedicated my novels to our fallen soldiers.
Next is my passion for
history.When I visited Rome a few years
ago, I went to the Forum and stood where Julius Caesar stood and walked the
coliseum where so many people died.One
could envision how it must have looked during the Empire’s glorious days.Touching stones over two thousand years gives
Lastly, but not least, is my
writing career.There’s nothing better
than having a reader enjoy a story you have written.While mere man returns to dust, his words
And now it’s time for me to pass on the baton to author K.