Passing on the Sunshine

With a Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

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With gale force winds, persistent rain and floods in parts of the country, which show no signs of abating, the need for dry weather and sunshine must be high of everyone’s list of priorities in Blighty. So, come on, Spring!

Fortunately, I have rediscovered a little sunshine in own life, delighted my new novel is picking up pace after a disastrous start.

Writing a psychological thriller based in Bognor was never going to easy. I had a strong plot but could never seem to to move forwards with it – setting up scenes, developing the characters and converting my ideas into a gripping narrative.

But I think I have sussed where it’s going at last and hope to get a first draft finished soon. One thing about psychological thrillers I’ve observed, is they open with something dramatic; a story that draws readers down an avenue of suspense until they finally grasp what has happened to reach this finale. Throw in a secret enemy, a red herring, a creepy setting and viola! The sea mists in Bognor feature, as do the dark forests around Singleton and Eartham. All I can say is watch this space but don’t hold your breath. There is much work to be done yet…

Bognor Beach all seasons

The many moods of Bognor Beach in all seasons.

Then last week I was pleasantly surprised when Angela Petch nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. So thanks, Angela!

I have known Angela since 2016 through CHINDI an author’s network based in Sussex. Angela writes historic fiction, perhaps inspired by a beautiful converted watermill in the Tuscan Hills where she and her husband spend their summer months. Tuscany is one of my dream places, somewhere I long to visit as I love Italian culture. The glorious foods and wines, rich landscapes, wild flowers and mountains positively shine through in Angela’s novels. Her first book, The Tuscan Secret (originally Tuscan Roots) follows the soul searching journey of a woman. Inspired by her mother’s papers this turns into gripping wartime adventure with a love story woven into its heart.

The Mill (taken from Angela's Blog)

The Mill (taken from Angela’s Blog)

Angela sent 11 questions for me to answer so here goes…

1. When you were little, what did you dream about becoming when you grew up?
I dreamt of being a ballerina when I was a little girl, inspired by a ladybird book showing pictures of all the beautiful tutus.

2. What is something you like to do the old fashioned way?
Going into my bank and paying in cash at the counter. I hate automated cash machines and the way we are forced to do everything online.

3. What is one of your favourite smells?
The aroma dispensed from a jar of coffee when you rip the foil off the top.

4. If you could call anyone in the world and have a one-hour conversation, who would you call?
That’s a tough one but in this current climate I’d say Boris Johnson, so I could pour out my woes about everything that is wrong with this country and insist his government to do more to make us a happier nation overall.

5. What job would you be terrible at?
Quite a few but the one that springs to mind is a politician because I am no good at sprouting bullshit.

6. If you had a million pounds/dollars, what would you do with them to help the most people?
Start a free cookery school in every town. It would bring people together to learn how to cook, share food, educate their children to eat better, reduce obesity and cut down on related illnesses, helping thousands of people to become happier and healthier.

7. For one day, you can do whatever you want. What would you do?
Scuba diving or snorkelling would be my first choice (preferably somewhere tropical) but I love walking, so to spend a day exploring some beauty spot with family and friends would be a pleasurable enough distraction.

8. Give me three words to describe yourself.
Introvert. Optimist. Daydreamer

9. What is your favourite food treat?

Wood fired pizza with lots of cheese, mushrooms and garlic.

10. What is your favourite outfit?
What apart from my favourite baggy ribbed jumper from Fat Face, with leggings and ankle boots? I don’t really like dressing up.

11. You have one last wish… go for it!
My life is pretty good as it is to be honest, but if I could be granted one wish it would be to sleep better and cure my husband’s snoring. If that came true we could travel more.

Finally I have to nominate 11 more bloggers to keep the positivity blazing.

The Sunshine Blogger Award empowers bloggers to celebrate other bloggers who are creative and bring positivity to the blogging community. I’d like to nominate the following people (but no obligation). It’s just a bit of fun and I appreciate that you are all very busy people.

Jane Cable: http://janecable.com/
Sandra Danby https://www.sandradanby.com/
Terry Tyler https://terrytyler59.blogspot.com/
Julia Proofreader https://juliaproofreader.wordpress.com/
Patricia Feinberg Stoner http://www.paw-prints-in-the-butter.com/
Sue Wickstead https://www.suewickstead.co.uk/blog
Michael Parker https://www.michaelparkerbooks.com/blog
Rose Edmunds https://roseedmunds.co.uk/news-press/
Laura Pauley http://www.laurapauley.com/home-page
Julia Firlotte https://www.juliafirlotteauthor.com/blog
Isabella Muir https://isabellamuir.com/

RULES:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you with a link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions I have set below.
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your own blog post.
Nominate 11 new bloggers and their blogs and ask your nominees 11 NEW QUESTIONS.

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What is your favourite place, somewhere you can totally relax and feel happy?
  2. If you had a bad day and felt like a treat, what would it be?
  3. If a wicked witch turned you into another living creature what animal would you choose to be and why?
  4. Who would be your dream dinner party guests? Choose up to three.
  5. You’re suffering from flu and laid up in bed. If you could choose any book guaranteed to take your mind off feeling rubbish, what would it be?
  6. Who is your favourite fictitious TV character and why?
  7. Everyone falls in love with a baddie once in a while so who is your ultimate evil character? (fact or fiction whichever takes your fancy.)
  8. What really tickles your sense of humour and makes you laugh?
  9. Holiday time. What is the one must-have item you pack in your luggage that you cannot survive without?
  10. What would be your dream date on Valentines day and with who?
  11. Last of all (and thinking of the summer months) what special flower/vegetable or tree would you love to grow in your garden every year?

So that’s it! Thanks again to Angela, it’s been great fun taking part and don’t forget to tag me in your own posts.

About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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2 Responses to Passing on the Sunshine

  1. Angela Petch says:

    Love your answers, Helen! It’s a fun way of getting to know people better. Good luck with your thriller. Sounds good to me. Do you have to chart it out really carefully to keep tabs on all the red herrings and clues? Would love to have a go but I think I’d come unravelled and drop too many stitches along the way. Thanks for taking part! xx

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