Tuesday 8 November 2011

I’d eat on the verandah, without a plate, propped up on a whitewashed ledge full of tacky red plastic buckets, where my Yiayia would hand-wash our laundry.

Me at about five hand washing my underwear ( I think).
As many of you know, there is a section in my novel which describes a Greek island I spent a lot of my childhood on.

I had such a fantastic time there as a kid and the memories are absolutely precious. Though, in this photo, I think I may have been quite miserable :o) I mean, come'on, who likes to hand-wash their clothes??? I still hate doing the laundry now and I have a washing machine! :o)

And at five, when your grandmother has a washing machine, but uses it to tenderize weird sea creatures instead of washing clothes, then, I guess it might be a bit confusing, yeah??? Yep, you read right. You'll just have to read the book to know the story behind that! Heheheeeee ...

Are there any places you went to as a child, that you still hold close to your heart?

Participating in my blog tour today are the following marvelous individuals. Also don't forget to enter my 10-Day contest. Details below.

Dawn Ius & Bridge Social Media ~ (Interview) This gal is one of my closest friends, so please drop by! :o)

"Brainy but sassy author of adult thriller and paranormal romantic suspense fiction. When not writing, you'll find me at creepy crossroads with my awesome family and three bullmastiff hounds. You know, just skulking around."

Jennifer Poulter ~ (Interview) This woman writes stunning poetry. I know that for a fact. I've read some if it :o)

"I've written since I can remember. Worked in a circus, as a librarian, book reviewer, film reviewer, associate lecturer, English Expression, DPP, UQ, editor etc! Teaching myself to illustrate & to make jewellery."

Michelle Davidson Argyle ~ (Review) Another darling friend of mine, so BE NICE! PS: I've read her books and she's goooooooood.

"Michelle is a mother, artist, and writer who lives in the Rocky Mountains with her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She writes contemporary, literary, and fantasy fiction. Cinders and Monarch are two of her published novels. The Breakaway will be released in 2012 by Rhemalda Publishing, and Bonded (which includes Cinders)will be released in 2013 by Rhemalda Publishing, as well."

Nicole Ducleroir ~ (Interview) Gorgeous and talented writer, she is. I can't wait until her first novel is published!

"I'm a short story author, aspiring novelist, and world traveler who has penned fiction from homes on three different continents. I currently live with my husband and two children in the Atlanta area. When I find myself less inspired by my Southern locale, I have only to rifle through memories of adventures abroad until colorful characters or thrilling plots come forth. And on the rare occasion that none arise...I've been known to finagle a flight out."

Will Burke ~ (Music Review) Gotta love a guy who can fake it on the drums, right? And hello? Since when do guys fake it? I thought us women only did that ... :-/

"Like many others, I'm here because I love to write, and think my opinions are relavant. Whether you agree or not, I'd like to hear from you, as long as it's respectful. Politeness is optional. By the time you read this, odds are that I'll be a father. I've been married since July 7 2007 (7-7-7: cool, eh? We both got it engraved on the inside of our rings!) We have two cats and a dog. I'm also a bassist who dabbles on guitar, and can fake-it on drums."

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  1. I LOVe your childhood photos. And you were a blondie. Funny story about your grandmother & the washing machine. Me? There was once place in my childhood I went that was so dark...even hypnosis wouldn't open the door to it. Thankfully, I realized I don't need to know what's there to be happy now.

  2. I think the simple answer to your question is, the countryside. We lived on the edge of the town, just as I do now, and the countryside was a minute away. As a kid, even a very young kid, I would spend hours and hours wandering all over the place and I sometimes miss that now. Now I stick to the prescribed paths but as a kid we went wherever our imagination took us and what we liked best was off the beaten track, places we could call our own.

  3. used her washing machine to tenderize weird sea creatures.........
    page 112

  4. look at cutie little you! :o) I lived in the place that was close to my heart from childhood... until about three months ago. But one day. Perhaps I'll be that grandma who gets the fun visits and does the bizarre things... :D LOL~ <3

  5. Reading that quote, I thought a Yiayia was a tropical monkey, but don't tell your grandmother I said that.

    Page 58!

  6. The act of moving from California to the Virgin Islands when I was five has remained one of my strongest memories. There are many places in the islands that are/were special to my heart. Particular trees, rocks, beaches.

  7. My grandparents had a lake cabin that I adored. I was so sad when they sold it. It was just a boxy thing--one huge 'sleeping porch' upstairs, and downstairs was all one room, except the bathroom, but it was full of family and card games. I really miss it.

    Love the pic! I thought those details had probably been real!

  8. I do so love seeing you as a child.

    When I was a child I was(and still am interested in music) I entered many piano examinations and passed.
    Music was my life, believe it or not I hated poetry at school and now here I am having my second book published.


  9. We moved around so much, there's few places that really stuck in my head, although I remember the desert in Arizona.
    Not going to ask about the weird sea creatures...

  10. Hey there,
    I am just passing through from Alex's blog hop, and I am still working my way around all the blogs on the list. So I thought I would say a quick "hello" and I will stop by when I can. Great blog!!
    Eve :)

  11. Actually, that was one section of the book I could relate to - having spent every summer as a kid at my grandmother's house in Kusadasi, Turkey. She had a wringer washer...

  12. That picture is adorable. You don't look to happy with the wash.

    page 62

  13. Um...Tenderizing sea creatures? I gues the fishing wasn't great there, 'cause my first thought was "throw it back and wait to catch something better." I'm sure your grandma thought of that too. I'll bet the washing machine was great for that,though.
    Glad you enjoyed the review! Now, I'm reminded that I should update my info :)

  14. Every summer of my childhood we went to Lake Chelan, Washington and stayed at Campbell's resort--some of the best memories of my life. :)

  15. I've lived all over the US, but even though I spent most of my life in the beautiful Bay Area (CA) and am now in the even more beautiful Seattle, WA, my fondest memories are of Cincinnati, OH. I don't know what it is about that place, but it was the perfect place to be a child, at least it was in the 70's.

  16. What a cute picture. Sounds like an interesting story too. I love my grandma's house. I haven't been there for years, though. She passed away fifteen years ago. It's nice to remember, though.

  17. No you don't look very happy in that picture! All my happy childhood memories have to do with the outdoors :)

  18. I remember going to Lake Michigan as a child and seeing a small iceberg that somehow had gotten there. At least it seemed an iceberg to six year old me. And it was a magical sight that I still carry with me to this day, Roland

  19. That is SUCH a cute photo of you!

  20. I remember going on camping trips and using a plunger washer for doing all of our laundry. That was always a lot of fun. I also remember we always air dried. All the times the hands would feel frozen before you got all those wet clothes hung up.


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