Siblinghood of the World Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the Siblinghood of the World Blogger Award by one of my favourite writers, Beverley Lee. 😉 Thank you for nominating me!

Rules:

~ Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link back to their site

~ Answer the ten questions sent to you

~ Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer

~ Nominate ten blogs

Answering Beverley’s questions…

1. Your favorite author is going to call you for a once in a lifetime chance to talk. You can only ask them one question. Who is the author and what is the question? Why?

Hard one. I would love to call George Martin, the master of characters, stroylines, grey zones and magic, and it would be amazeballs to ask him for a comment / tips about one of my stories.

I must say that I would also love, love, love to call J. K. Rowling, as I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I might ask her how she structured her plotting of the 7 Harry Potter books.

2. Which fictional character would you want as a friend, and why?

Hermione Granger. Firstly, she is loyal, brave, smart, strong and talented. Secondly, to befriend her would mean that Hogwarts and magic actually exist. 😀

3. List three books you’ve read more than three times.

Harry Potter and the Philospoher’s Stone.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

4. Who would you say is your greatest writing influence in terms of your own style?

It depends on what genre I’m writing. I started out as a writer with a very oral and sarcastic language. I try to stretch myself by learning from anything great that I read. I feel extremely inspired after having read something by for instance Jo Nesbø, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett and George Martin. My fingers basically itch to write something when I just finished reading one of their books. 🙂

5. What are you working on at the minute?

A Heart of Fire. The story is Urban Fantasy for Young Adults. A 17-year-old girl, Ane, discovers that she has magical powers, and has to choose to use them for selfish goals or for the greater good, to find her inner strengths, in order to stand up against evil forces.

6. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

A Heart of Fire: I don’t know, because it would have to be a teenager, with black or dark brown hair. Preferrably a new, undiscovered talent. Perhaps someone similar to Shailene Woodley, the lead character of Divergent, the movie.

7. How important is a book cover to you? Would it influence you over the back blurb?

Extremely important! If the cover is flawed, and the author didn’t notice, I secretly judge his/her writing a little bit. Yes, that’s aweful.

But, to my defense, the back blurb means more than the cover.

But, seriously, guys. If your books are awesome – don’t buy a cheap cover. Your books deserve covers as awesome as the stories, don’t settle for less!

8. If you could live in one fictional world, where would you live?

At Hogwarts 😀

9. Do you let other people borrow your books?

Rarely. But I mostly read in English – and my friends and family either read in Norwegian or in German. I wouldn’t lend books to anyone – only to people that I truly like and trust. Everyone else, well, I would instead give them a book as a gift. Aren’t books just the perfect gifts? 😀

10. Books have some of the most wonderful quotes among them. Which is one of your favorite quotes, and why does it resonate with you?

The first quotes, from one of my favourite books, brings out the essence of what it means being a Reader – a person who loves to read and can’t imagine a universe without books.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”

A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin

And I also want to mention two passages from Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, an absolutely brilliant book, with fantastic quotes on books, libraries and the world itself, that I highly recommend reading! Who wouldn’t want to visit this library? 😀 Here we go…

It was said that, since vast amounts of the magic can seriously distort the mundane world, the Library did not obey the normal rules of space and time. It was said that it went on forever. It was said that you could wandre for days amont the distant shelves, that there were lost tribes of research students somewhere in there, that strange things lurked in forgotten alcoves and were preyed on by other things that were even stranger.*

*The truth is that even big collections of ordinary books distort space, as can readily be proven by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, one of those that look as though they were designed by M. Escher on a bad day and has more staircases than storeys and those rows of shelves which end in little doors that are surely too small for a full-sized human to enter. The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

My questions…

  1. What are you working on momentarily?
  2. What does your writing process look like?
  3. Which main character is your all time favourite and why?
  4. Which villain is your all time favourite and why?
  5. Which three books do you recommend reading this autumn / season?
  6. Which book are you reading at the moment?
  7. What is a theme / motive that you love reading about?
  8. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
  9. What inspires you?
  10.  If you could have one fictional animal as a pet, what would it be?

Nominations…

I guess I was one of the last to answer the challenge this time, which means that most of the bloggers I know have already been challenged. Nevertheless, if you found the questions appealing, they are FOR YOU!

Would especially love to hear your answers, guys, to the questions number 5, 8, 2, 3, 4, oh wait, all of them. 😀

I would love for YOU to answer them! If you do – leave a link to your blog in the comments!

Have a great week, friends!

Have any comments or any more questions? Would love to hear from you in the comments! Also, please feel free to share this post if you liked it!

Lots of love,

A.J. Lundetræ

 

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8 thoughts on “Siblinghood of the World Blogger Award

  1. Oh, these are such fun answers! Methinks you just might be a HP fan 😉
    I like the idea of asking GRRM a question about ASoIaF, but maybe you could tag on a little extra one asking when Winter is coming out? *laughs* It’s been so long I’ve forgotten how Dance with Dragons ended…
    I agree wholeheartedly about not scrimping on a cover after all the hard work on a book (psst, I’m having a cover illustrated by hand for #TMoGD :))
    Your quote is perfect too. I’ve always loved that one. The Terry Pratchett ones are new to me, but how delightful and how apt they are.
    Thank you for taking part, Agnete. I knew these would be worth waiting for!

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  2. Oh I love totally love the Terry Pratchett quote. It brought in mind scenes from episodes of Doctor Who and more specifically the library episodes where an entire planet was a huge library. That’s the place I’d love to live definitely.

    You had so much fun with answering those questions Agnete, I can tell. Totally agree with good covers, perhaps because the most atrocious covers I’ve seen were tied to some atrociously written self-published books. Thing is even at the age of ebooks what we see on Amazon is the cover of the book, so it’s always relevant and good art inspires always.

    Names, heh I love making up names. For my characters, settings, everything really. The more weird the name the better. Sometimes I mix and match using either web based random name generators or Scrivener’s name generator. 😀

    Great post Agnete.

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  3. Good morning, friends!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments – such a great thing to wake up to!!! 😀

    Beverley; Yes, that would be such a great question to ask as well. If I have him on the line soon, I will ask, laughing.
    Ohhh, your cover coming up! That’s awesome, can’t wait to see it! 😀

    Madeleine; Great! Look forward to read your answer! 😀 Well, my Norwegian dialect is certainly one that takes heavy use of irony and sarcasm. 😀

    Aura; Fascinating how you come up with names. Did you invent “Locklyn” yourself? Really like the name! Feminine but strong. 😀 Oh, didn’t know Scrivener has a name generator. Will have to try it out, just for fun. 😀
    A planet that is a giant library? Heaven more like it. 😀

    Wishing you all a happy, creative day, ladies!

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  4. I first made the name Locklyn three years ago and wanted to use it in a fantasy story, which I never finished. I think it suited this story a lot better than the other one and I am very happy with it now. As far as I can tell it’s a totally made up name by me, barring the case that it lingered at the edges of my subconscious after seeing it somewhere. 😀

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  5. Perfect! It’s a really good name. 😀 The name found it’s suiting main character, it seems. 😀
    If Robin Hood was a girl and could do magic, he’d probably have that name or something similar 😀

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