The Liebster Award – Sharing the love

The Liebster Award

Nasim from nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is the second time that a fellow blogger nominates me for this award and I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am. Receiving an award is always thrilling, but it’s even more so when a fellow blogger awards you for you efforts on your blog. It’s like receiving praise for your story from a fellow writer: of course praise from readers is fantastic, but from a fellow writer is more meaningful because they know firsthand what work and what dedication goes into writing. I suppose it’s the same thing for all craftsmen.

So thank you Nasim for thinking about me and my blog, particularly considering that you were so picky about your nominations. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate this.

The Liebster Award


Rules of the Liebster Award


If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you chose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your post.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer
  • List these rules in your post (copy and paste from here). Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)


11 questions Nasim asked me

  1. Do you have goals for your blog? What are they?I could say the goal for my blog is to share what I like, particularly about history and my stories.
    I started out my blog as a tool, because everybody says an author should have a blog, but then the blog became the goal. Now I don’t write my blog because I’m an author and I should do it, but because I love it. My blog has allowed me to meet people I would have never met in any other way, and unlike so many other socials, the blog allows me to really interact with them in a meaningful way.
    I just love it.
  2. Do you share your blog with people you know in person?I try to, but unfortunately not many of the people I know in person speak English well enough to read and comment on a blog.
    And I have to say that here in Italy people online seem to be mostly engaged with FaceBook, they don’t seem to use other socials quite as much. I’m not on FaceBook, so…
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?Nothing comes to mind straight away, so I suppose I’ve never eaten anything that I consider weird. Besides, I’m very open-minded with food. I like to try new things and explore. I’m also not very picky, so that helps.
  4. What kind of blogs do you like to read the most?I like history blogs, because I love history. I read a lot of “writing help” blogs. I like reading writers’ blogs when they don’t just speak about their own stories, but address the publishing industry in a larger way… especially if these are people with experience. And surprisingly, I like reading about marketing. Would have never imagined that a few years ago.
  5. Do you have a blogging schedule?Yes, I use a calendar to schedule my posts. I have one embedded into my WordPress but I also use a paper one. I’m old-fashioned like that, I’ll always prefer paper over screen.
  6. If you could have any kind of pet, what would it be?A horse. I’ve always loved horses, but I’ve never had the possibility to ride. That’s such a shame for me.
    I have a cat, Apache. He’s my sweetheart.
    Besides, I love all kinds of animal… except bugs. I don’t like bugs, but I just leave them alone.
  7. What is your own personal favorite of your own blog posts, and why?My favourite posts so far is Decalration of love to my favourite author, Sharman Alexis. That’s probably one of my most personal posts on the blog, but it also speaks about my aspirations as a writer. And of course it speaks about a person whose work I really admire.
  8. What about you now would shock the you from 10 years ago?Shock? That’s quite a strong world.
    I don’t think my self of ten years ago would be shocked of anything I’m doing now, but she would definitely be very surprised about a few things.
    First: that I’m on social medias. For a long time, I had no interest in social medias, I just thought it wasn’t something for me. But then I got involved for the same reason I got a blog: as an author, I was supposed to. And just like the blog, I discovered I actually like social medias. I don’t think I need to be on all of them, some (like FaceBook) just don’t allure me. But there are others that I find useful and fun.
    Second: I like marketing. I’ve always thought I’m not a marketing person, but then I discovered modern marketing is a lot more about sharing and less about hard sells, and I can definitely go with this. It’s like a challenge, you know? Selling your stories by sharing what you like. And I can hardly resist a challenge.
    Third: I’m a self-published author. I’ve always thought I wasn’t interested in self-publishing, because I’d like a traditional path to publication. I still want that, but I’ve discovered that self-publishing has its good aspects to it, and I’m trying to learn the most from it. Besides, I believe in the future all authors will be hybrid.
  9. What is your favorite way to interact with other bloggers?Comments. I love receiving comments and writing comments on other blogs. I like social media, too. I like sharing blog posts I liked. But as I mentioned, blogs are my favourite part in social networking, because… I don’t know. It feels more human.
  10. What was the first blog you remember readingI don’t remember what was called, but it was about writing. At that time (it must have been seven or eight years ago) I was member of an online writing workshop and one day I discovered one of the girls I followed had a blog. I didn’t even know what that was, back then, but as I visited it I was fascinated. It was a way to share knowledge.
    Through her blogroll, I found many other similar blogs, a completely new world.
    So, I suppose blogs called to me from the beginning, but for a long time I thought I really had nothing worth to share on a blog of my own.
  11. What is something you’re looking forward to this month?My father coming back from hospital.


11 random things about myself

  1. I was actually born in Isola della Scala, a village close to Verona, but I always say I’m from Verona, because I love the city. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.
  2. As much as I love Verona, I think everyone has a ‘place of the heart’, where we were not born, but it feels like home nonetheless. For me, that place is Dublin.
  3. I lived and worked in Dublin on an off, sometimes for months long periods, from 1998 to 2004. I still visit as often as I can.
  4. When I wrote my fist story, at nine, my father asked me why I wanted to tell stories. I didn’t know back then. I still don’t know now.
  5. I’ve been a Michael Jackson fan ever since I first saw Billie Jean on tv when I was ten.
  6. The first fantasy novel I read was The Elfstones of Shannara
  7. My favourite fantasy author is David Gemmell.
  8. I first heard about Prohibition in a history lesson at school when I was nine. I thought it was such a crazy idea it deserved a story.
  9. History was my favourite subject at school.
  10. I decided I should write in English rather than Italian in 1998. I started writing directly in English (not translating from Italian) in 2007
  11. I’ve been a bookseller for twelve years. With some luck, I’ll continue being a bookseller in future years


April was the AtoZ Challenge month, and we can say the challenge is not over yet, since the Reflection post is due next week. So I’d like to nominate a few fellow AtoZ-ers for this award.

Molly @ My Cozy Book Nook
Megan @ Megan Morgan Author
Roland @ Writing Wings
Susan @ The Art of not Getting Published
Barb @ Knotholes and Textures
Lenni @ What They Are
Melanie @ Atherton’s Magic Vapour
Zalka @ The Multicolored Diary
The Girls @ Write on sisters
Sir LeprecaunrabbitYour Roots Are Showing, Dearie
Erin@ Part Time Monster


And these are the questions for them, of course are about blogging:

  1. When your started your blog, did you know what you were doing?
  2. Many writers I know tell me they don’t blog because they prefer to write their own stories. Why do you?
  3. Do you plan your posts?
  4. Do you stick to a posting schedule?
  5. When you sighed up for the AtoZ Challenge the first time, did you know what you were doing?
  6. What were you thinking when you sighed up the second time?
  7. I can hardly resist a blogging challenge. Do you participate in many?
  8. What is the blogging challenge which was the most fun for you?
  9. Did you ever produce a vlog? If not, would you consider doing it?
  10. Have you ever read articles about marketing to learn promoting your blog?
  11. Do you think writing a blog is the same as writing a book?

Again, thanks so much to Nasim for giving me the possibility to share the love.


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About the Author

I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

14 Comments on "The Liebster Award – Sharing the love"

  1. Yay! 🙂 You are very deserving of the Liebster Award, Sarah. (And any blog award you receive, to be honest.) I enjoyed reading your answers, too.

    Your answer to #6 reminded me that I’ve been meaning to research local stables that offer horseback riding lessons. It’s been a crazy past few weeks, so it’s slipped my mind completely.

    I also prefer blogs to most kinds of social media, too. Twitter has grown on me over the past year or two, but spontaneity isn’t one of my strengths, so I sometimes struggle to think of things to say when I’m there. :S And you’re so right about the “human” aspects of blogging, especially interacting with readers via comments.

    I hope your dad is doing OK and is well enough to go home soon!
    Sara L. recently posted…Recent Reads: April 2016My Profile

    • Ah, thanks for the nice words, Sara 🙂

      I’m so envious. You’re going to go riding?

      Twitter and Pinterest are my favourite socials. I enjoy them and I think I’m learning to use them in a useful way. But it’s a game of learning, it doesn’t come natural to me. But Learning is fun 🙂

      Ehhh, my father will be away for at least another week, but he’s getting better and this is the best thing.

      • The horseback riding isn’t a definite yet. I want to take lessons as (belated) research for TKC; I just haven’t had the time or energy to look into it.

        Gotcha. Well, at the very least, I hope your father feels better soon.
        Sara L. recently posted…Recent Reads: April 2016My Profile

  2. Congrats to you, and thanks for the nomination, Sarah! I can’t believe I didn’t know you’re from Verona, but now I see it says so right on your sidebar. How did I miss that? Anyway, cool answers! As for the WriteOnSisters, Robin and I are in post-AtoZ hiding (we needed a break!), but we’ll be back next week. 🙂

  3. Verona is beautiful. Hello to Apache!
    Thanks for the award.

  4. Bravo to you. Your blog was one of the ones I most looked forward to during the A to Z. Well done.

    Kathleen Valentine recently posted…Charting the Traveling Vine #DomesticGoddessMy Profile

  5. Many thanks for the nomination, although I’m not sure that I qualify – I have over 1,000 followers [1,387]. But I’m not sure if you had other blogs in mind. It will also take me a while to write the ‘acceptance post’.

    Love your answers and great to learn more about you. I’d missed the bookseller part of your bio, but that sounds fascinating. As for riding, I’ve been lucky that horses have been a key part of my life – from my childhood through to my years as an equestrian journalist. Not sure I could ever ride again given my balance issues, but might try Western style again in US.
    Roland Clarke recently posted…Adventure to LondonMy Profile

    • Well, Roland, I have to say that I’ve actually nominated other people with more than 1000 followers, but honestly, I was looking for a reward for fellow AtoZ-ers… and since not all the award rules I’ve seen mention that the blog should have less than 1000 followers… 😉

      Can’t wait to read your answers. And I’ll never be one that complains about waiting… I’m guilty of making people wait on by blog.

      • Okay Sarah, I will grab the opportunity to do it, especially as this is the week for A to Z reflections. I will try to tie it into that as questions overlap. Aim to make the wait worthwhile…I hope.
        Roland Clarke recently posted…Adventure to LondonMy Profile

  6. I too avoided social media for the longest time. Even though I’m on some stuff, I’m still reluctant to join everything.

    As I get older, I appreciate history more than I did when I was younger. Stories of the past can parallel certain things in the present and also offer warnings about being careful not to let the darker parts of the past repeat itself in the present or future.
    Cynthia recently posted…Blogging from A to Z ReflectionsMy Profile

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