One Lovely Blog Award: 7 Curious Facts About Me

one-lovely-blog-awardFellow writer and critique partner Christa Wojo has tagged me for the One Lovely Blog Award (to participate in a blog tour where we share 7 curious facts about our life). Be sure to check out her lovely answers!



Here are the rules.


  1. Share 7 Lovely Facts about myself
  2. Link to 15 blogs (or as many as possible) that I enjoy reading….I just shared the 10 blogs I often visit or wish would be updated more often! haha.
  3. Nominate the authors of those 15 blogs to participate and do the same, linking back to the original Lovely blog. (That would be this page)

Without further ado, here are some interesting facts about me!


1. I thought my dad was the prime minister.


My dad is a theology prof, but before he pursued his PhD, he was a pastor. Once, in kindergarten, I was conversing with my friend’s mom, and somehow we talked about jobs, then this happened:

Her: So what does your father do, sweetie?
Me: He’s the prime minister.
Her: You mean minister?
Me: Nope. The prime minister.

For many years, I continued to believe I was right, and that she was a silly woman.


2. I enjoy watching Korean Dramas.


A few years ago, I watched Boys Before Flowers (25 episodes, each episode being one hour long) in two days. I slept no more than two to three hours each day so that I could wake-up and immediately watch some more. Towards the 20th episode, I was so dazed with exhaustion I had no idea what I was watching, but I kept watching anyway. Talk about addicting!


3. I LOVE watching action shows.


After watching an episode of 24, I once stared at my apartment door, then solemnly asked my sister, “Do you think our door can be shot down?” She looked genuinely troubled by my question.


4. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Peter Pan so, so badly.

I was, of course, old enough to know that flying was impossible and that Neverland didn’t exist.


But still, I longed to be Peter Pan with such intensity. During family strolls through the forest, I’d find myself a stick (my sword) and jump off tree stumps and rocks (in my mind, I was flying and fighting off pirates). My mom swears that she once found me sobbing uncontrollably at home, and when she’d asked why I was crying, I had supposedly answered, “Because I’ll never be Peter Pan!!!!!!”


5. The first time I learned how to swim (the doggy paddle) was when I nearly drowned.


We were at a water park and I somehow wandered away from my parents to try out a waterslide. The slide plunged me into the deep end and I remember being in a state of panic – because I was a little kid who had never been taught to swim before. I started flapping my arms and legs, and managed to reach the surface. Fortunately a life-guard was nearby and immediately hauled me out.


6. The books I reach out for most often these days are are non-fiction.


After graduating university, I’ve come to enjoy reading non-fiction more than fiction. Yet I love writing fiction more than ever.


7. One film changed my life.

I was the kid in school who hated English and thought chapter-books a great bore. Becoming an author was the last thing on my mind. Then I watched this film – and my life was changed forever (though now this film cracks me up!).

After watching Pride and Prejudice (1940), I hunted down the 1995 adaptation. This version left me SOOOOO obsessed with P&P. I read the book, then wanted to read more, so I tracked down every sequel I could find. When I ran out of sequels to read, I wrote my own continuation (where Darcy & Elizabeth were spies for Napoleon….yah, I know. I was 13). And that’s how I began pursuing writing at the age of 13.


I tried to share some non-writing facts about me – but I couldn’t help add a few in! Now I will pass the award to the awesome writers and friends of blogs that I follow ( If I’ve missed any blogs, please let me know! And if you’ve already done this blog hop or don’t have the time, please feel free to decline.)


Congratulations to:


I write young adult fiction and am represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. When not typing or attacking pages with a purple pen, I enjoy sewing, baking pies, and trespassing.

Julie Dao

MG/YA writer, runner, dessert enthusiast, and hairy-footed hobbit at heart.

Jude Knight

I am a writer of historical romance novels, the first few of which are set in late Georgian England.

Rika Ashton

Book reviewer & blogger. Aspiring author of Fantasy fiction. An English Lit. & Education graduate via UBC. Addicted to coffee & words!

Ms. Reiter

I am a thirty-something, mother-of-two aspiring author. My current work in progress, The Long Shadow, is a historical novel dealing with the troubled relationship between British prime minister William Pitt the Younger and his elder brother John, 2nd Earl of Chatham. This blog mixes historical musings, novel brainstorming and thoughts on the difficulties of writing a novel with small children tugging at one’s trouser-legs. It is also turning into a one-woman attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of the man known as the “Late” Lord Chatham. He doesn’t always help out.

Sybil Lam

I recently left my day job (August 2014) to pursue fiction writing and other projects. My current project is ASHA, a fantasy story that explores the topic of skin, including eczema and psoriasis. It combines the adventure of L. Frank Baum’s WIZARD OF OZ with the imagery of Guillermo Del Toro’s film PAN’S LABYRINTH. I hope to query Book 1 (of 2) early 2015.


Tom used to write books for business, covering everything from the gambling industry to new developments in printing technology. Now he writes about love and adventure in the 19th century, which is not nearly as well paid, but much more fun. It also allows him to pretend that travelling in the Far East and South America is research. Tom lives in London. His main interest is avoiding doing any honest work and this leaves him with time to ski, skate and dance tango, all of which he does quite well.

Philippa Jane Keyworth

Author of Regency Romances. I love writing, reading, horses, dogs and movies! My debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer, is out now!

Linotte Melodieuse

Writer, nail polish addict, tea-a-holic, rabid history lover, voracious reader. Don’t worry, I won’t quit my day job.

Judith Arnopp

I am a novelist. My books concentrate on history from a female perspective. what was it like to be constrained within a corset, refused a proper education, passed from the jurisdiction of father to that of husband, denied legal and moral rights that we now take for granted?


17 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award: 7 Curious Facts About Me

  1. Thanks for the invite, June. I’ll look forward to listing all the wonderful blogs I enjoy, and – in my mind – I’m sorting and sifting curious facts. Such as the fact that my father was recruited by the Russians to spy for them during the cold war. And the fact that I was looking into my husband’s eyes at the moment he fell in love with me, just over 45 years ago.

    And thanks for the list of bloggers you enjoy – I’m looking forward to exploring them.


    • Your father was a Russian James Bond I see. That’s pretty epic. And your love story is just swoon-worthy! 45 years of marriage…so beautiful. You must have a well of inspiration when writing your historical romances.

      Thanks for dropping by!


      • My father was a double agent for the NZ secret service, which is far more exciting than it sounds, NZ being a long long way from everywhere else. But the story is a funny one, and I’ll tell it on my blog. It involves gherkins and telephone books, among other things.

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      • Ah hah! I’ve heard some stories about Russian spies (only through fiction though), but not yet NZ spies, so I really look forward to reading about it on your blog!


  2. Hi June!

    I love Korean dramas (Boys Over Flowers was very good!) and I can’t get enough of action shows either…Arrow, Flash, Supernatural, etc…I think CW should start sending me gift baskets every year.

    Okay, I’m trying to think about seven interesting facts about myself, but it’s proving to be a lot harder than I thought. (And here I thought that I was the world’s most exciting person since the birth of Luke Evans…but, sadly, no…)


    • Oooooh! I had no idea you were into K-dramas!!!!

      So I’ve tried watching Gotham (after I saw a bunch of people talking about it) but it was a bit slow…so that’s on hold.

      I’m now going to try giving Arrow a go.

      I need to find SOMETHING to watch. I’ve finished watching Turn, which was more political than action-y, but still really good.

      I’m sure you have so many interesting things to say about your self. You’re a rather mysterious blogger. With a side-kick cat. So I think pretty much anything you share will be interesting.


      • Aw, thanks! You’re so sweet!

        Arrow is good, but its got a slow start as well. Gotham just started, and it is slow but I adore most of the Batman mythology and the cinematography of the show. I’m hoping it’ll pick up now that Penguin’s character has been established…he’s a lot of fun to watch.

        If you like fast-paced shows, then White Collar is one of the best. It’s more of a heist show, with the main character being a con artist, art forger, etc but it’s very, very fun to watch.


      • The mythology and cinematography are awesome, I agree. And Ben McKenzie (Gordon) – I’ve always liked him since watching him in Southland. I’ve only seen the 1st ep so far so only caught a glimpse of Penguin.

        I’ll have to check out White Collar then! I’m intrigued. I hope there isn’t one of those super complicated love triangles. There seems to be one in Arrow. *sigh*


      • Neil, the hero from White Collar, is more of a romantic who gives up his chance at freedom for love. There isn’t a loce triangle per say, but women find him very attractive…and I have to agree.


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  4. Thanks for mentioning me on your blog. I’ll try to think of seven interesting things about me.

    I noticed that you’ve been reading about Georgiana. If you’re interested in her, you might like to read ‘A Sketch of the Life of Georgiana, Lady de Ros …’ by her daughter, the Hon Mrs J R Swinton. Although some publishers sell over-priced versions, the original is available online for free (the copyright having, obviously, long expired):


    • Thanks for sharing the link with me! I will definitely check this out. I finished reading the biography of Georgianna a few years ago, and am reading it again because I enjoyed it so much. So this Sketch is something I’ll be devouring for sure.


  5. Thank you for tagging me!

    I loved Boys Over Flowers – read the manga and watched the JDrama version 😛 Only cause I was into Arashi at the time haha. I’ll try to come with 7 good facts about me as well!


    • It was my pleasure!

      And whenever I tell people I watched the Korean version of Boys over flowers, they always tell me to watching the Japanese version. Heard it’s really good. I’ll have to give it a try! I’m just worried I’ll get super addicted and commit another epic binge


  6. Thanks so much for sharing this award with me, June! I’ll have something posted today 🙂 So cute that you thought your dad was the PM when you were little. And I keep hearing so much about Korean dramas, but I don’t have any idea where to find them. Are they broadcasting them somewhere that so many people are obsessing over them? I’m so curious!


    • Thanks for dropping by!

      Ahhh, Korean dramas. You’ll either find they cheesy/way-too-predictable, or insanely addicting. People who don’t live in Korea mostly watch the dramas online through VIKI.


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