Sep 23, 2013

LIEBSTER Blog Award!

It was an eventful weekend for me—in a good way! I have been nominated for two different blog awards, and I am so excited to share the first with you today! (The second will be unveiled on Wednesday, and it is an especially “sweet” award, so please stop by then, as well.)

I’d like to say a very special thank you to Leandra Wallace for nominating me for the Leibster Blog Award, an award given to fabulous blogs with less than 200 followers. “Liebster” means sweetheart in German. What a nice name for a blog award! Please take a moment to visit Leandra’s wonderful blog here.

Here are the questions Leandra asked me, and my answers!

1. Who do you credit as being most inspirational in your life?

I would definitely have to say my grandmother, Catherine Bookout, who I remembered in this post in March. My grandmother was a strong woman of incredible faith, and one of her favorite sayings was, “Treat others like YOU want to be treated.” She died at age 96 last November, and I miss her every day!

2. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
I love to take day trips to the mountains with my family. We love to hike and drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We also love to camp! 
3. Top three authors?
Oh, how do I pick just three? Hmmm….I am going with the first three that popped into my mind:
Judy Blume
J.K. Rowling
Diana Gabaldon

4. Snow or no snow?

5. If you could visit any city in the world, what one would it be?                               I am assuming that this could include places I’ve already been, right? I love Vancouver, British Columbia for many, many reasons, so I am going with that one!
6. What is your favorite restaurant?                                                                     Pappadeaux (which—sadly—is nowhere near where I live now). Cajun flavor at its best!

7. Do you loan your books out?
Yes, but since I now read mostly on my Kindle, this happens much less often.

8. What's the one thing you're sick of seeing on book covers?
Those steamy pictures of people embracing on the covers of romance books really get on my nerves— really, who looks like that??

9. If you could travel back in time to any major historical moment, what would it be?
I think it would be interesting to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the founding “moments” of the United States of America. What our founding fathers did really was amazing, and I think we don’t honor this enough today.

10. If you could pick a name for yourself, what would it be?
I love the name “Rebecca Shillington,” which is on my checks, but which is not really “me” (I like the name “Rebecca” but am definitely more of a “Becky.”) A cashier once said to me, “That sounds like the name of a princess!” If I ever write a sweeping historical saga I could put that on the cover, but for my current chapter books and picture books, I will stick with “Becky!”
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Thanks again, Leandra, for the nomination! Here are my nominees, with links to their blogs:

Mirka Breen at Mirka Muse

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today's Little Ditty

Dani Duck at Artist Obscure

Julie C. Phillipps at Ninja Woman

Ann Eisenstein at

If you choose to accept here are the directions: Link back to the blogger that tagged you. Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you (mine are below). Then ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate as well as letting your nominees know of their award. Oh, yeah—and have fun! ☺

Here are my questions:
1. When did you first know you'd like to be a writer (or illustrator)?
2. If you could meet any author, living or deceased, who would it be?
3. Coffee or tea?
4. What item is #1 on your "Bucket List?"
5.  What topic do you think is most overdone in the kidlit market today?
6. What is the best book you've read in the last six months?
7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
8. What is your favorite opening line from a book?
9. Do you write better in silence or with background noise? (If you chose background noise, then what kind?)
10. What book has had the most profound effect upon your writing style?


  1. Why, *THANK YOU* Becky. Very sweet of you.
    I have exhausted myself a while back doing these interviews with self, so I pass for this reason only. But I will answer your question #3 right here: both! :)

    1. You are so welcome, Mirka. I am "both" too, for #3! = )

  2. What a lovely surprise! Thanks for nominating me Becky. :) It was fun learning more about you this way. That cashier was right, you DO have the name of a princess. I'm sure I'll enjoy your historical saga one day as much as I enjoy your children's poetry each Friday.

    1. You're welcome, Michelle! I would love to write historicals...maybe one day! = )

  3. Oh, so w/you on the founding moments! I love that time period in history. And great questions in turn!

  4. Congratulations, Becky! I love your blog and I enjoyed learning more about you through these questions. :-)

  5. Congrats on the award! I love getting to know more about people like this. It's fun.

  6. How exciting!! Congratulations Becky!!!

  7. So much fun! I saw your post a couple of days ago and I'm like I should really go check out her blog and then fell asleep! Just about to head to bed when I remembered again. I'll definitely do this. I think I'll reserve Saturday to do this on my blog! :)


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