One of the greatest pleasures about becoming a children’s writer has been becoming part of the kidlit community. Little by little over the past twelve months, and yes it is pretty much spot on a year since I began writing, I have been making friends across the globe, who share my passion. Some are writers, some illustrators, some editors, some write YA, some for preschoolers etc, all seem to be interesting, caring people. Everyone seems keen to embrace newcomers. Julie Hedlund’s blog I began following before she went to Italy last year, as I knew she would be just down the road from me! Thus, when she said she was launching 12×12, I said, ‘Sure, I’ll join in,’ thinking, like she, that maybe we would gather a group of 30-50 together. And now here we are at over 400, and a truly thriving supportive group is developing. I am making even more new writing friends, and one, whose humour I just love, is Elizabeth Stevens Omlor. If you haven’t already, check out the Banana Peel Thursday on her blog. Elizabeth kindly passed on the Liebster Blog Award to me this week, thus I am sharing five random facts about myself and passing on the blog love to some more new friends.
2. I could live happily in pajamas!
3. The furthest north I have been in the world is Lapland (Finnish), above the polar circle – the furthest south I have been is the island of Chiloe, off the central Chilean coast (had to check the map, but it is further south than Cape Town!).
4. I make a darn good marmalade from the citrus fruits growing in my garden.
5. I was born on a Friday 13th and consider 13 a lucky number!
My five Lieblings, with whom I have had the pleasure of connecting over the past few months, and who are also doing 12×12, are:
Kelly Korenek – I wish Kelly had been my librarian at school!
Eric Van Raepenbusch – What a fab. Dad!
Julie Falatko – Julie is a great and witty oral communicator, let alone her writing!
Renee LaTulippe – Talented poet!
Lonie Edwards – Gifted artist!