Meet the blogger

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It’s probably about time I did this, as so far all you lovely readers have got from this blog is reading lists and character profiles. So, here is a bit about the girl behind the blog! I’ve edited the questions from a post on my tumblr (feel free to follow me there as well!)

1: My crush’s name is: Sarah
2: I was born in: Poole General Hospital, UK
3: My cellphone company is: O2
4: My eye colour is: brown
5: My shoe size is: 3 or 4, wide fit
6: My height is: 5’1
7: I am allergic to: Grapefruit, pink elastoplast and trimethoprim
8: My 1st job was: Buddy for Get Set for University Life summer school
9: Last book you read: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom
10: My bed is: a comfortable double size bed
11: My pet: a cat called Jaffa
12: My best friend: Lynn
13: In my pockets: Nothing
14: On my calendar: a meal out on Thursday, another meal on 12th and a manicure on 20th
15: My mum: is brilliant
16: The last three albums I bought were: You Raise Me Up by John Barrowman, Prism by Katy Perry and X by Ed Sheeran
17: Last YouTube video watched: Biology by Girls Aloud
18: How many cousins do you have? at least 13, there may be more!
19: Do you have any siblings? Nope
20: Are your parents divorced? No
21: Are you taller than your mom? No
22: Do you play an instrument? No
23: What did you do yesterday? interning at the staff canteen

[I believe in]
24: Love at first sight: No
25: Luck: Yes
26: Fate: Yes
27: Yourself: Yes
28: Aliens: Yes
29: Heaven: Yes
30: Hell: Yes
31: God: No (I know, I’m very contradictory!)
32: Horoscopes: No
33: Soul mates: Yes
34: Ghosts: Yes
35: Gay Marriage: Yes
36: War: No
37: Magic: Yes

[This or That]
38: Hugs or Kisses: Hugs
39: Phone or Online: Online
40: Red heads or Black haired: Black haired
41: Blondes or Brunettes: Blondes
42: Hot or cold: Cold
43: Summer or winter: Winter
44: Autumn or Spring: Spring
45: Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
46: Night or Day: Day
47: Oranges or Apples: Oranges
48: Curly or Straight hair: Straight
49: McDonalds or Burger King: McDonalds
50: White Chocolate or Milk Chocolate: Milk Chocolate
51: Mac or PC: PC
52: Flip flops or high heels: Neither
53: Ugly and rich OR sweet and poor: Ugly and rich
54: Buried or cremated: Buried
55: Singing or Dancing: Singing
56: Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler: Ben Stiller
57: Manicure or Pedicure: Manicure
58: Your Birthday or Christmas: Birthday
59: Chocolate or Flowers: Chocolate
60: Disney or Six Flags: Disney

[Here’s What I Think About]
61: Abortion: It’s up to the woman/couple to decide what’s best for them
62: Reality TV: Load of rubbish
63: Facebook: Getting a bit boring now
64: Work: Enjoyable
65: Designer Clothes: Lovely if you can afford them
66: College: Brilliant
67: Sports: Load of rubbish
68: My family: Fantastic (even if they do drive me up the wall sometimes)

[Last time I]
69: Hugged someone: last night
70: Last time you ate: about 8:30 this morning
71: Took a vacation: October half-term
72: Broke a bone: Never
73: Got a piercing: Never
74: Broke the law: Never
75: Texted: Yesterday afternoon

[MISC]
76: Who makes you laugh the most: My mum
77: The last movie I saw: The Railway Man
78: The thing that I’m looking forward to the most: going out for a meal with my friends on Thursday
79: The thing I’m not looking forward to: my angiogram (it’s next May but I still don’t want it done!)
80: People call me: jimbo, jampot, sweetpea, jin-jen, moriarty
81: My zodiac sign is: taurus
82: The first person I talked to today was: my mum
83: First time you had a crush: year 12
84: The one person who i can’t hide things from: my mum
85: Right now I am talking to: no-one
86: What are you going to do when you grow up: writer/something to do with books
87: I have/will get a job: Intern at the staff canteen/quality services coordinator at Abilities
88: Next Summer: Going to Spain for a week
89: Next Weekend: Making chocolate pizza
90: I have these pets: 1 cat
91: People that make you happy: Lynn, Charlotte, my parents, Abby
92: My friends are: Lynn, Charlotte and Charlotte F, Abby
93: My School: Last one was University of Southampton
94: I lose all respect for people who: are racist/homophobic/against equality for anyone
95: Your hair colour is: brown
96: TV shows you watch: sherlock, dr who, game of thrones, the apprentice
97: Your dream vacation: a cruise
98: My room is: organised chaos
99: My favorite celebrity is: Benedict Cumberbatch
100: Do you want children: No
101: Ever been in love: Yes
102: Who’s your best friend: Lynn
103: More guy friends or girl friends: girl friends
104: One thing that makes you feel great is: having a successful blood test
105: One person that you wish you could see right now: Sarah
106: Have you made a list of things to do before you die: Yes
107: Have you pre-named your children: No
108: I would like to move to: Wimborne

[My Favourite]
109: Candy: After Eights
110: Cellphone provider: O2
111: Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
112: Actress: Helena Bonham Carter
113: Singer: John Barrowman
114: Band: Queen
115: Clothing store: New Look
116: Grocery store: Sainsbury’s
117: TV show: Sherlock
118: Movie: Avengers Assemble
119: Website: pinterest
120: Animal: cats
121: Holiday: Christmas/our trip to Kefalonia
122: Book: I’m really enjoying The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato at the moment
123: Day of the week: Saturday
124: Concert attended: McBusted, 29th May 2014
125: Food: dad’s shepherd’s pie
126: Restaurant: Prezzo
127: Radio station: Heart
128: Flower: Sweet Peas
129: Colour: Purple
130: Comedian: Rowan Atkinson

The ultimate book tag

Hi, everyone! Today I thought I’d take a break from character profiles to do the Ultimate Book Tag! Thanks so much to Holly of Nutfreenerd for tagging me! You should all go and check her blog out! So, without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Nope :-) It’s one of many skills I have!

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

George R R Martin. I love his A Song of Ice and Fire series, and you can see elements of this series in his earlier works.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give three points to defend your answer.

Confession time: Never read Twilight so it has to be Harry Potter, but here’s three reasons anyway.
1) Introduced me to fanfiction
2) Snape (OK, I have a bit of a crush on Alan Rickman!)
3) It’s the book series that connects my Dad and me – it started off him reading them to me (until book 3 when it got too scary – dementors), and then after that I read them by myself. We also both went to the cinema to watch the films together.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what’s in it? (besides books)

Nope :-(

5. Do you smell your books?

No – I don’t see the point.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Without.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing?

Lucy Daniels – Animal Ark series.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not that I can think of!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Immortal Bird: The Nightingale in Romantic Poetry, selected and introduced by Duncan Wu. ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ by Keats is one of my favourite poems, and this reading doesn’t hurt either:

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Another poetry book! This time it’s The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, ed. by David V Erdman. I did a whole unit on Blake at University and he was also my dissertation topic.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I’m trying to write!

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I learned to read, practically. My parents had always read me bedtime stories, so when I finally learned to read on my own I quickly developed an insatiable appetite for words and all things bookish. I regret nothing!

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen. I always feel sorry for Colonel Brandon!

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yep!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… what would you do?

Depends. I might give it another try if I didn’t hate it that much, but otherwise I would probably donate it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

Just read Harry Potter!

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I get distracted by my celebrity crushes!

18. What is your favourite word?

Dessert – I’m diabetic so don’t have that many!

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Most definitely a nerd.

20. Vampires or fairies? Why?

Vampires – they can be sexy!

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?

Angels, because they’re nice.

22. Spirits or werewolves? Why?

Spirits, because they’re not going to hunt me down every full moon.

23. Zombies or vampires?

Vampires – much rather have my blood sucked out rather than eating organs!

24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love.

25. Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Definitely the latter, as that’s what I hope to write! I agree with Holly that romance books, no matter how well written, can get a bit boring after a while. I’d much rather read about crazy adventures with a few relationships added to the mix.

This tag was so fun! And guess what? I TAG YOU! That’s right, I tag everyone to do this tag!

Books, books and more books! Recommendations also gratefully received!

Below is a list of books I’ve read, currently reading and want to read for inspiration for my series of novels. If you can recommend any more that may help me with the research/inspiration/writing stages, they’d be gratefully received! The genres I’m aiming for are murder mystery/detective fiction.

Read:
(this list includes my favourite authors, as I can see that they will be an important influence even though some of the books do not belong in the genre I am going to be writing in)
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Killing’s at Badger’s Drift, by Caroline Graham
Oak and Dagger, by Dorothy St James
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series, by Douglas Adams
A Great Deliverance, by Elizabeth George
A Song of Ice and Fire Series, by George R R Martin
Fevre Dream, also by George R R Martin
The Harry Potter Series, by J K Rowling
Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, both by Jane Austen
Terminal Justice, by Lyle Howard
The Lucifer Box Series, by Mark Gatiss
The Butcher of Smithfield, by Susanna Gregory.

Great Speeches on Gay Rights, by James Daley
Criminology – A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself, by Peter Joyce
How to Write a Murder Mystery – Seven Steps to Success, by Jeffrey Marks
The Busy Writer’s Tips on Writing Mystery and Crime, by Marg McAlister
Writing the Cozy Mystery, by Nancy J Cohen.

Currently reading:
The Botticelli Secret, by Marina Fiorato
The Swimming Pool Library, by Alan Hollinghurst.

To read:

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, by Charles Graeber
Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
Deja Dead, by Kathy Reichs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galgraith
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
Broken Harbour, by Tana French
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

Forensic Science: A Very Short Introduction, by Jim Fraser
The Criminal Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Forensic Psychology, and Forensic Science of CSI, both by Katherine Ramsland
What is Forensic Science? How Hair, Blood, Bullets and Psychology are used in Crime Scene Investigation: Forensics for Writers and Beginners, by Lacey Jackson-Matsushima
The Mammoth Book of Women Who Kill, by Richard Glyn Jones
FORENSICS 101 : A Friendly Primer for Writers, by Robert Jones
The Mammoth Book of CSI and The Mammoth Book of Unsolved Crimes, both by Roger Wilkes
Clues to Christie: The Definitive Guide to Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot and all of Agatha Christie’s Mysteries, by unknown author.

Mark Welham

Physical:
Age 53, born 10/9/1960, Libra
English, Caucasian Male
Height: 6’2
Weighs 86.2kg with a BMI of 24
No health issues
Brave and moral, but can be impulsive and foolish
Brisk walk
No distinctive accent
Brown hair and eyes

Psychological:
Intelligence – Average IQ of 89
Temperament – ENFJ – Teacher
Happiest when his impulses turn out to be correct
Attitudes: Very open-minded
Habits: Celebrates TV dinner day

Personal
Family: Joshua Mounsey, Georgina Mounsey, Penny Rosser, Charles Rosser, Martin Rosser and Sarah Rosser
Friends: Tim Clery, Helena Ventham and John Mercury
Colleagues: Joshua Mounsey
Birthplace: Grayshott, Hampshire
Childhood: Was told he was worthless and won’t get anywhere in life by his father and teachers
Education Leeds University MA Criminal Justice and Criminology and has an SIA
Hobbies: Enjoys fundraising for local charities
Lifestyle: Middle-class
Marital status: Single at start but gets engaged and in a civil partnership by the end of the series
No religion
Profession: Lawyer
Wealth: £12,000 per year
Politics: Liberal Democrat

Personality:
Wants: To have a sense of belonging in the world
Hopes: To be included in a large extended family
Fears: Going back to self-harming
Memories: Being told that he is worthless and won’t achieve anything by his father and teachers
Resentments: Being an only child
Dreams: Of achieving something in his life
Humour: Alternative, Parody

Practices:
Says “Trust me”
Eats Steak and strawberries
Wears Burton and Next
Buys: Asda
Works at Court
Plays Rugby
Drinks Champagne and Milk
Watches: Bargain Hunt, The Chase, American Psycho and Saving Private Ryan
Listens to Girls Aloud, S Club and Petula Clark
Reads Jean Rhys and Stephen King