Noelle Clark http://www.noelleclark.blogspot.com.au/ is a tough act to follow. Her post on Lobbying (as a childhood recreation!) was wonderful.
An interesting fact about lobsters:
Lobsters exhibit 'handedness'. Some animals will have the crusher claw on the right side while others will have it on the left.
Noelle nominated me as one of her seven recipients. My obligation in accepting this award is to display my award badge, link back to the person who gave it to me, Noelle Clark, and complete the following questions:
1. Have you ever written a book involving sea scenes? (That is sea. Do please make sure there are no typos here). If not why not and do you intend to?
The sea inspires and nurtures many of my ideas. All of my stories so far feature the sea. Two are set in Hawaii (White Ginger and the Emerald Quest continuity) although the second is part of a continuity series due out in 2015, and a novella, One Night in Sorrento is set on the Amalfi Coast. Betting on the Boss will be released in August; it is set in Melbourne and ventures out on the bay.
2. What is your current WIP?
Funny you should ask. My newest story is set in Nepal and landlocked—but I think even that pair will end up by the sea! I find myself drawn to it time and time again.
3. Do you have a favorite sea film? And why?
The Lake House—I know, not strictly sea but it is set on a large body of water. I also loved Cloud Atlas and who could not mention Titanic!
4. A favourite fish recipe to share?
Sad to say that, being a Cancerian, I don’t like much seafood. However, I will eat salmon in most forms and quite like Thai fish cakes with lots of dipping sauce. I’d hate to try to offer a fish recipe to anyone though!
5. Your favourite sea going book?
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
6. Can you share a fav sea-side memory?
Living inland, seaside memories are all of family holidays. The earliest of these was in August which used to be late winter school holidays when I was little. As a married woman, they have been Xmas holidays with my husband and children.
7. Most memorable sea-going journey?
When I was a kid, my family travelled on the Fairsky and Fairstar, one ship to England and the second on the return trip. I have a wealth of memories from those couple of months at sea:
- Seeing the BeeGees when they were a young and not-that-well-known group
- Crossing the Line ceremonies
- A force 9 gale in the Bay of Biscay, which I weathered well with one sister and my dad, an ex-sailor! Most people were sea-sick in their cabins but we sat up in one of the bars drinking hot lemon drinks and watching the water slosh out of the swimming pool with every steep tilt.
- Bartering for a sunhat for my mum with sellers in small boats in Port Said – I thought it was pretty cool that I got to haul the prospective bargain up via a rope in order to inspect it!
- Conga line of waiters bearing flaming Bombes Alaskas through a darkened dining room
And finally, I have to, in turn, bestow the Jolly Lobster award on up to 7 other unsuspecting people.
- Lily Malone http://lilymalone.wordpress.com/
- Kate Belle www.ecstasyfiles.com/
- Imelda Evans imeldaevans.wordpress.com/
- Lee Christine leechristine.com.au/
- Shirley Wine www.shirleywine.com/