The Liebster Award




I want to say a huge thank you to Kaylaann for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I haven’t been blogging for long, so I’m trying to build up my followers right now. Which means this nomination means a lot to me.

Speaking of Kaylaann, have you all checked out her blog? With a tagline of, ‘-Write, Drink Tea, Live Life, Repeat-‘ you know her words will be something special.



Kaylaann’s blog posts are a mixture of beautiful poetry and helpful writing tips. Lately, she’s been blogging about how to promote yourself as a writer. Her advice is first class, and I recommend anyone who is embarking on this writing journey to take a look.


Random Facts About Me . . . 

  • I’m a chocoholic. Seriously. But maybe my name gave that away?
  • I own the naughtiest, funniest, cutest, cuddliest dog in the world: a big black labrador (who is under the misapprehension that he is, in fact, a lap dog). His name is Alfie Bojangles.
  • Whilst I’m English, my husband (who I met, accidentally, online) is American, and he crossed the Atlantic to come live with me.
  • I’ve written stories and poetry since I was old enough to hold a pencil.
  • I love to sniff books. The smell of pages, filled with ink, is intoxicating.
  • I’m obsessed with the TV show ‘Law & Order: SVU.’ Mariska Hargitay is my hero.
  • I’m a bit of a grammar nerd. Admittedly, I don’t know every grammar rule. In fact, I don’t know a lot of them. But apostrophes . . . ohh. They drive me crazy.
  • My writing hero is Marian Keyes. I love her writing, and I have masses of respect for her as a person, too.
  • As well as loving writing and reading, my other passion is music. I couldn’t live without it, and I’m sure I will blog about it at some point.


I would like to nominate the following wonderful blogs:


Elle This is my favourite blog to read. Elle writes a mix of poetry and stories, along with some non fiction. In fact, she conducted a series of author interviews in this blog, and I was one of the interviewees! Elle’s blog is a really good read, and well worth taking a look.






I can’t nominate any more at the moment, as I’ve only started to focus on my blog in the last few days. But all of these, I really enjoyed. The quality of writing blows me away.


My answers to Kayla’s questions:

1. What do you write most? Poetry? Stories? Life experiences? That’s a tough one because I write all of them. Ultimately, my aim is to write and publish my novel, so I write a lot of fiction. But poetry has a hold on my heart. It’s where I turn whenever I’m feeling down and need a lift. It’s where I turn when I need a friend. And then, there’s non fiction. I spent last year writing about my life experiences a lot. I even won an award for it.

2. What’s your favourite thing to drink to start the day? Coffee. Strong.

3. What genre is your favourite to read and why? I love psychological crime thrillers. I love to read books that get my pulse racing. Books where I’m constantly trying to get one step ahead of the characters. Honestly, I’m usually wrong, but, hey. I still love them.

4. Is there a certain book series you return to every year and re-read? There isn’t a series, as such, and I wouldn’t say I read them every year, but I’ve read all of Marian Keyes’ books many times.

5. What encourages you on a day to day business to strive toward your goals? I have to write. It’s a part of me. On days when I’ve been ill and physically unable to write, I start to feel twitchy by the end of the day. So, that’s a good motivation. But, my goals? My husband encourages me. He has complete faith in my abilities, as do my friends and family. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a book. But I suffer with a lack of confidence. It’s only the last couple of years that I’ve started to believe in myself.

6. What do you think are the key characteristics of writing? It depends on what you’re writing. For fiction: a good plot, dynamic characters, good pacing, good grammar. Most important, for me, are the characters. I always start with characters. With poetry, key characteristics are imagery, emotion, rhythm.

7. How do you promote your own work? Up until now, I’ve only shared my work with friends and family. Also, I’m a member of an online writing group, Writing.Com This site has helped me to grow in confidence and as a writer. Moving forward, I will blog and share a lot of my work, hopefully interacting with other bloggers. I am on Twitter. I will set up a Facebook page. Lots of possibilities.

8. What advice would you give to a new blogger? Well, I’m a new blogger, so I probably don’t know a lot of advice. I would say make sure you interact with other bloggers. It’s the only way to build your followers. Don’t sit back and expect people to come to you if you aren’t promoting yourself.

9. What is your favourite dessert? Something with chocolate in it. I have a sweet tooth. Probably a warm chocolate fudge cake, drizzled with cream.

10. Where do you see your career in five years? The key is belief, right? Well, I see myself writing my second novel, after a debut that did well. Whatever happens, I know I will spend every day writing.


My questions for my nominees

  1. Most importantly. What type of chocolate do you prefer? Dark, milk, or white?
  2. Is there a time of day you are most creative?
  3. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind?
  4. When did you know you were a writer? Have you always known?
  5. Who has had the most influence on your writing?
  6. How do you promote your own work?
  7. What is your all-time favourite film?
  8. What authors did you love to read as a child?
  9. Do you belong to any writing or critiquing groups? How important do you think that is?
  10. Who is your favourite author? Do you write in the same genre as them?


Rules Rules Rules. Here is what to do, once you’ve been nominated.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine (Jack Henry) if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!) Post a comment in the comments below (on the website ) so I (Jack Henry) can view your post and check out your blog. I (Jack Henry)personally visit each and everyone.I (Jack Henry) visited a few hundred last year!!!




Author: chocotales

I am a writer who is passionate about words. I find them magical and seductive. I write short stories, poetry, and non fiction. I'm currently working on my first novel.

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