Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Shine On...A Sunny Award On A Dark December Day

With many thanks to the ever-generous Shehanne Moore the sassy and fine Scottish author of some of the best historical fiction around (you mean you haven't read The Unraveling of Lady Fury yet?), I have been awarded a lovely bright shining light to brighten up the darkness of a murky December day.

It's call the 'Shine On' Award and it looks like this:


Of course, such a prestigious award doesn't come without strings attached. Oh no. I have to reveal seven facts about myself that you may not already know. Now, I've done this kind of thing before, so I have had to dig a little deeper this time. Here goes:

1. I always wanted to be an archaeologist. Couldn't handle the science, so that was never going to happen. But I love ancient ruins, mysterious places and Neolithic standing stones, long barrows and stone circles. I'll search for miles just to find a single megalith. And Skara Brae is a must-visit every time we visit Orkney. To discover more about its history, click onto Orkneyjar

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2.  I have a bucket list of places I haven't been to yet. Right up there in my top three are the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum and, guess what? We're going there next year! Can't wait...

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 3.  My favourite Stephen King novel isn't actually a horror. It's his bestselling timeslip 11:22:63. Unputdownable.


4.  A few years ago, my husband treated me to an amazing two night stay at Claridge's Hotel in London. We had a lovely surprise when they upgraded us to a suite, and the whole experience was just stunning. Each member of staff makes you feel as if you are the most important person in their lives and the attention to detail means that nothing, but nothing, is skimped. This is luxury in the traditional style and, I can tell you, I could easily get used to it, so I'd better write a bestseller pretty quick! To top it all off, we ate in Gordon Ramsay's Restaurant at Claridge's on both evenings.Sadly, he has since closed this restaurant, but we had an unforgettable holiday.


5.  I am enjoying the latest series of American Horror Story: Coven. I loved the first series, but couldn't get into the second - Asylum. I think Coven has benefited from the additon of the always excellent Kathy Bates. Remember her in Misery? One scary lady!


6.  I love a drop (OK, a few) of a really decent red wine and my favourite (strictly for special occasions as it doesn't come cheap) is Chatean Margaux. When poured into crystal and held up to the light, it sparkles like a priceless ruby...doesn't taste half bad either!



7.  I love doing research for my books. My current work in progress - with a working title of The Medusa Tree - involves ancient magic, tree spirits and the like. It also takes place in the same small town where I set The Demons of Cambian Street (Priory St Michael) although it isn't a sequel. One or two of the same characters appear though.



Right, that's me done. Now I shall present this award to four writer friends who are all noted for their ability to scare, chill and entertain with their riveting dark horror stories:


12 comments:

  1. Pompeii is terrific, Cat. Watch Mary Beard's programme just before you visit.

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    1. Yes, I loved that programme. Mary Beard is my kind of historian. She brings life to the past.

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  2. BTW, Steve. You should be breaking out the Margaux now too!

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  3. Thanks, Cat. Always fun to learn a little more about you. Nice that you feed your archaeological cravings. I tend to enjoy ancient sites too.

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  4. Lol Cat, should I call you Indiana Cavendish? It has a certain flare don't you think? Love your working title by the way. Great post. As Keith Pyeatt says ...good to know more about you. You are also way too kind. Thank you xxxxxxxxxx

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    1. I'll have to buy a stetson then. And learn to ride a horse. Oh, and remember to get out of the way when that massive stone ball comes rolling down the tunnel...Thanks Shehanne!

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    2. Cat...you forgot the ...whip. You will need it for keeping the Medusa snakes in order.

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  5. Thanks Cat! You have expensive tastes m'dear: Margaux, Claridges! I'd be thrown out of there the moment I step foot inside. Right...now I'm a ray of sunshine, right?

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  6. Hi Catherine,

    I'm more of a white wine girl myself, a nice drop of Chardonnay slides down beautifully at the end of a stressful day.

    I haven't sampled Claridges service, however we did treat friends to a stay at The Ritz and a show. Hubbie and I had a fantastic time, however whilst our friends enjoyed the show, they were not impressed with The Ritz at all, we felt quite devastated, as the service had been second to none. Apparently it was the period decoration which had upset them so much!

    Just goes to show, you can't please everyone!

    Yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne and thanks for commenting. You're right. You certainly can't please everyone. I don't think your friends would like Claridge's for precisely the same reason!

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