Christine: Nicole, thanks for hosting me!
Christine: You can call me a reluctant blogger.
so I really didn’t want to blog at first. More writing (and nonpaying at that!
ha!) I didn’t need.
release of my first book, “Searching For a Starry Night, A Miniature Art
Mystery.” As the book, (ages 10+) deals with the search by two teens for a
missing miniature replica of Van Gogh’s famous painting, “Starry Night,” my blog
deals with miniatures, dogs (friends Sam and Lita are “helped” by a mischievous
Dachshund named Petey), writing, and whatever else strikes my fancy.
things you write about?
my book after joining the Blogbooktours group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blogbooktours/.
Then group leader Dani prompted everyone to join the August blog challenge.
I did, survived blogging daily and after a couple weeks respite, I’m back.
And I think I’m hooked.
various topics on a more “regular” basis. I write what I like to read
about and hopefully what interests others: miniatures, because it’s
my passion. I’ve been creating miniatures for dozens of years
and still find new inspiration that I hope to share with others. I
enjoy writing about them, too, which I did in my ebook, “In Miniature
Style,” (with profiles, how to projects and photos, see http://cverstraete.com for details) and I
enjoy highlighting the amazing work done by others. I also like to share
writing tips and talk about all kinds of other things, so I hope people will
stop by and comment!
Nicole: Have your reading habits and choices changed over the years and if so
I’ve come to enjoy doing my own. After all, as a lifelong reader and
writer, what else is blogging but another way to communicate? I’m the kid who
always had her nose in a book. I love to read, with horror and mysteries a
favorite, though I will read other genres that catch my eye. In recent years,
I’ve grown to love more historical novels, especially mysteries and fiction
set in the 1500s-1700s, wondering what it was like to live then, I guess. Maybe
stemming from my interest in genealogy and tracing my own family’s roots in
important information you would tell people who are just starting to become
interested in them?
cheap dollhouse kit years ago at K Mart. Then I discovered dollhouse shows and
that you could get almost anything in miniature (even the kitchen sink!). I fell
for it. I love to create. I’ve always been a “crafty” person and enjoy the
challenge of making things myself, so building and furnishing dollhouses lets me
try my hand at all kinds of crafts from painting, to needlepoint, furniture
building, design, architecture, you name it. It’s a hobby that everyone, at all
skill levels, can enjoy and it’s amazing the things you learn along the
way. You develop an interest in history (replicating real rooms, furnishings, or
clothing), living conditions, and more. It’s a great sideline for kids of all
ages to explore and learn without being stuck in school!
reading or blogging?
when they work, it is.) And I write. I’m trying to finish another book between
my other (“paying”) writing. I enjoy watching movies when I can, too. Waiting
for my favorite TV shows to start, too. I love Smallville, Heroes, Dancing with
the Stars, Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer. Nothing too inspiring, there, I’m
reading and writing?
Christine: More blogging, reading and writing. Ha! Once you
have a book out, I’ve noticed that it opens the door to having to do even more
writing, blogging, promoting, etc. But I’m enjoying it. It’s been fun meeting
other authors, bloggers and collectors along the way.
Readers, be sure to stop by my blog this week for an interview with Nicole,
** BBAW Contest: Christine is hosting a giveaway! Post a comment about your favorite book here
and at Chris V’s Candid Canine to get your name entered to win a copy of her spooky ebook, “The
Witch Tree.” Be sure to leave a blog or website to contact you. Contest ends