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Sunshine Blogger Award – Nominated By Jan Baynham.


While it’s usually me asking the questions, today the tables have turned and I get to be interviewed.

Author Jan Baynham has nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award, which was very kind of her. Thanks Jan.

What is this award? You might ask.

Sunshine-Blogger-AwardNomineeThe Sunshine Blogger Award empowers bloggers to celebrate other bloggers who are creative and bring positivity to the blogging community.


Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs. Do leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.

Here are my answers to Jan’s questions:

What is your favourite room in the house and why?


I like our bedroom, which I re-decorated in 2017 (although it seems like yesterday). The wall colour is so restful and I’m still in love with my duvet set and curtains. As I work from home – and this room doubles as my office – I spend a lot of time in here.

What is your proudest moment?

I had to really think about this one and there isn’t one particular moment that stands out. I’m proud of the way Freya is growing up and I’m proud of some of the stories I wrote as a staff reporter when covering humanitarian issues.

What is your biggest fear?

Being an older mum, my biggest fear is dying before Freya is an adult (although I imagine even then it wouldn’t be easy for her).

What would be the biggest compliment a reader could give you about your writing?

I think just reading the book, if I ever finish it, would be a huge compliment. If they happen to like it? Well, I’d be ecstatic.

What question would you ask your main character at the end of your novel?

Did I do your story justice? My main character, Maddie, would definitely say ‘no’ at the moment because I stalled while editing and decided to write something else for a while to try and get me going again. She’s never far from my thoughts though and hopefully one day her answer will be ‘yes’.

Where would you take a guest visiting your home town for the first time?

My home town is Ipswich and I haven’t lived there for 20 odd years so when I go back, I like to play tourist. It’s been fun exploring with Freya. Christchurch Mansion is always a favourite and we enjoyed a trip to the museum too.

What song has a special meaning for you?

Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer was on the radio every time I went to meet Mark in the early days of our relationship (he lived in Birmingham and I lived in Norwich), despite having been released almost 10 years earlier. It didn’t just happen once but loads of times and it seemed too much of a coincidence when we were trying to work out where things were going. It was so significant, we had it as one of our wedding songs.

Name a treasured possession.


One of the good things about living in a flat is that you can’t really have many possessions, unless you want to look like you belong on one of those hoarder programmes. The thing I’ve had for longest is my childhood bear, Mickey. He’s in his early 40s now and generally lives under the bed to protect him from Freya’s boundless love  (I made him that outfit!).

What is your best quality and what is your worst?

Isn’t it funny how I could immediately list three of my worst qualities but had to sit and think for a while about a good one.

I’d like to think, as my dad would say, ‘my heart is in the right place’. I try and help people, where I can, and I have a strong sense of justice.

As for worst, how long have you got?! I flit from one thing to another too quickly (I blame being a gemini) and I don’t think I’ve been a very good friend for the last few years while tied up with motherhood.

Are you a lark or a night owl?

I’m a lark but not by choice. Freya is very much an early riser. Personally I’d like the sun to be up before I have to get out of bed.


Thanks again Jan, I loved answering your questions. If anyone else wants to interview me, give me a shout!

As for my nominees, please don’t feel you have to take part. In no particular order they are:

The Tiny Potager.

Mum Of Three World.

Cultural Wednesdays.


Daisy Smiley Face.

A Good Book ‘n a Brew.

Natalina Reis.

And anyone else who would like to answer my questions, which are:

  1. Tell us about your blog, when did you start it and why?
  2. Summer or winter?
  3. If you had a 10 minute audience with your country’s leader, what would you talk about?
  4. What are you most grateful for?
  5. If someone invited you to a karaoke night, would you go? If so, what would you sing?
  6. What’s at the top of your bucket list?
  7. Best memory of 2019?
  8. Do you speak another language? If so what?
  9. What is your most re-read book?
  10. If you are having a down day, how do you motivate yourself?
  11. Do you have a favourite quote? Something that inspires you?



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