The Mystery Blogger Award

Well, would you imagine it? C.D. Gallant King nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, and I’m so excited! It’s been such a long time since last I received a nomination from a fellow blogger, which is always such great reward. Receiving an award is always rewarding, but receiving it from a fellow blogger who appreciate the work you’re doing on your blog is doubly so, because it comes from someone who knows fully well what goes into maintaining a blog. At least, this is how I feel.

So thank you CD, you rock!!!


Created by Okoto Enigma’s Blog


Rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Post the award on your page
  2. List the rules
  3. Thanks whoever nominated you for the award
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell readers three things about yourself
  6. Nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird of funny question
  9. Share a link to your best post


Three things about myself

  1. I have a cat named Apache, who’s my baby
  2. I like baking. Normally, I manage to pull it off quite nicely. My most appreciated cake is the Rum Flavoured Chocolate and Pears Pie, which is my own recipes.
  3. I like people-watching and eavesdropping on public transports, which are awesome places to get ideas for characters. Professional weakness, I suppose.


CD’s questions for me

  • What’s your favourite book and why?

At the moment (and I say this because this is a matter that of course changes over time), my favourite book is Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. It’s a multilayer kind of storytelling that mixes flawlessly fantasy and realism, in a way that adds to both genre rather than take out of them. That’s the kind of stories I want to write.

  • Who is your favourite professional wrestler?

I think I haven’t seen a wrestling match since the 1980s. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this question.

  • Favourite type of character to play in roleplaying games? If you don’t play roleplaying games, how about video games? LARP? Cops & robbers? Monopoly? Do you do ANYTHING fun?

I used to roleplay in the late 1990s. It was a email-based kind of roleplaying game. Ton of fun, and honestly I learned a lot about storytelling and the flexibility stories requires to storytellers.

My character was a rogue, and what I loved about him is he was a shape-shifter too. He had a double nature of human and animal. I’ll confess I’ve always had a soft spot for shape-shifters.

  • You’re about to be dropped into a fictional universe and be granted really cool powers – quick, which one do you want to be: A Jedi (or Sith) in Star Wars, a witch or wizard in Harry Potter, or a mutant in X-Men?

Well, you’ll guess this. I want to be a mutant. Though about my powers… mhm… know what? I’d like to be some kind of batwoman, who moves silently but can hear perfectly (though I’d also like to see perfectly). Would turn extremely useful when people-watching and eavesdropping.

  • Favourite Canadian Prime Minister?

Canadian Prima Minister? What’s that? Something you’re supposed to eat?



My 5 question to my nominees

  1. People (especially readers) always dream about being in different place. What is a place (an actual place, a fantasy world or a different historical period) you’d rather live?
  2. What do you like most about that place, why would you prefer it to the place where you actually live?
  3. You’re aware no place is an absolute paradise, don’t you? What do you hate about that place you’ve chosen?
  4. If you could build your own perfect world, what author would you ask to worldbuild it?
  5. If you could be the hero of a story, what genre would that story be?


My Nominees

Since this story came from the AtoZ Challenge, I’d like to nominee three AtoZers

Ronel @ Ronel the Mythmaker

Anna @ ATSP

Barbara @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead


And finally, I should post a link to my best post.  That’s hard pressing, eh?

Honestly, I feel I should post something about the New Woman’s New Look series, because you guys appreciated it so much. I’m going to share one post I’m particularly fond of, instead.

Blood – There are always  voices calling and I’ll always listen

To be honest, I enjoyed a lot writing all four diaries of my characters, but I’m particularly fond of Blood’s post because I had such an hard time with him. Not because I had a hard time writing him – on the contrary, it has always been a pleasure – but because Blood is such a positive character that for a long time I feared readers would hate him. Because you know, readers are always fascinated with dark, brooding, tormented characters (that would be Michael, more like), and I feared that a good-hearted, positive, warming, eager to help character like Blood would be dismissed as too good and uninteresting.

Turned out it isn’t like that, and I’m so happy for him!


It was a pleasure, CD. Thanks again for thinking about me!


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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 Mystery Blogger Award"

  1. Congratulations and well-deserved!! I really like your answers to the questions, too. I love it that you chose to play a rogue sort of character. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. I enjoyed your answers to the questions put to you rather much! Bet your cat is a wickedly spoiled one. It is an honor anytime another blogger thinks of you and what you do! So, thank YOU, for nominating me! I’ll have to give this some thought.
    Barbara In Caneyhead recently posted…Faith: #TheWordonWordsMy Profile

    • Apache? Spoled? What do you mean exactly by thet? That he can do whatever he wants in my house? That he ruins my plants and kicks me off my bed and I’m perfectly fine with that? That I pet him any time he wants and fight with him when he feels like that and I don’t even blink when he scratches my arm up an down?
      Becase if you mean that, you might have a point 😉

  3. Congratulations! How wonderful for you. It was fun to read your answers and learn a bit more about you. How did you decide on the name Apache for your cat?
    Lillian Csernica recently posted…Reblog: 20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for WritersMy Profile

    • I originally wanted a Blackfoot name because, well, Apache is a Tomcat and his feet are black. But I found that the Blackfoot language isn’t very cat-y (sounds too harsh for that).
      In the end, my sister and me dediced on Apache becuase in addition to be the name of a Native American nation (like Blackfoot) it means ‘scoundrel’ in French. And we could see from an early age that he is 😉

  4. Congrats on the award! We have 4 cats and a doggie. They are great especially when we are glum.
    Birgit recently posted…Mother’s DayMy Profile

  5. Hi Jazz – well done on the award … I think I’d like Apache … and they do keep us sane and bring us back to positive thoughts … I know I’d be floored if I was asked who was my best professional wrestler! Cheers Hilary
    Hilary Melton-Butcher recently posted…Answers to some queries re Aspects of British County Rare Breeds …My Profile

  6. Love your answers! I’m sure Apache is an adorable chap 🙂 Thanks for the nomination.
    Ronel Janse van Vuuren recently posted…Forest of Nightmares #FlashFiction #TwistedTaleTuesdayMy Profile

  7. Sherman Alexie is a great author.
    RPG does strengthen writing.

    Great answers.High five on to my fellow award winner.
    J Lenni Dorner recently posted…Can Fiction Create a Reason for More Peace and Less ViolenceMy Profile

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