January 28, 2013

About Me: From Writing to Peanut Butter & Mayo


I started blogging late in 2010 when my first novel (and so far only--but I plan to remedy that soon!), Depression Cookies, came out. Yes, I started after the book came out. I knew nothing except that I wanted to write and find an online community to share all the aspects of writing with... the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Today, thanks to published author and blogger Steve Tremp, who came up with the idea of the Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest, I am able to take a moment to reconnect with the wonderful online community I've found. Plus the blogfest is being co-hosted by a dear friend, Elise Fallson, as well as two other amazing authors, Carolyn Brown and Mark Koopmans.

My first novel, Depression Cookies, was co-written with my mom. It's a coming of age story told from two different perspectives, a teenage daughter and middle-aged mother. It was the 2011 Readers Favorite Silver award winner for Realistic Fiction (and Finalist for Chick Lit) as well as the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in Chick Lit.

Eight Fun Facts About Me

* I participated in my first NaNoWriMo this past November and won! It was crazy, but exhilarating.

* I completed my first half marathon last September, just after turning 40.

* I met my husband my third day of college and on a blind date.

* I moved, on average, every 3 years my whole life. Each of my daughters was born in a different city/state (Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Baltimore, MD).

* My favorite book of the last five years: Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

* My favorite sandwich is sliced bananas, mayonnaise, and peanut butter. 

* I am the oldest of three girls, and we have 8 girls between us.

* I am a word nerd. 
Some of my favorite words include: discombobulated, catawampus (although I'm equally drawn to it's synonym, askew), fastidious, persnickety, audacity, prevaricate. Really, I should stop. I'm getting giddy. My least favorite word: irregardless. Oh wait, it isn't a word, so it wouldn't qualify. *wink* 

I can't wait to hop around and reacquaint myself with old friends and make some new ones. If you missed the blogfest and happen to stop by, tell me something interesting about you in the comments below.

15 comments:

Juliet Bond said...

I'm with you on everything but the mayonnaise. Nice to meet you! Please visit us at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/

Stephen Tremp said...

You have a very interesting life. Except for your choice in sandwiches. I'll pass on that. Thanks for participating in the Re-Introduce Myself Blogfest!

Elise Fallson said...

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read your YA novel and the sequel to Depression Cookies. You accomplished so much last year, from your award for DC to NaNo, to editing to your half marathon, all of that is source of inspiration. And I think moving around a lot can also be a source of inspiration whether we realize it or not. BUT, bananas, peanut butter and mayo? LOL, okay I won't say anything bad until I first try it...:P

T. Drecker said...

We used to move around that much - expert packers, I always said ;) Nice to meet you!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I used to think discombobulated was a made up word. Nice to meet you.

Krystal Wade said...

You lost me at your favorite sandwich...makes my stomach turn just thinking about it--but that could be the flu!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Hi Tia!!!! Just touring around in the Re-Meet You Blogfest and having a blast! So happy to hear you have a sequel to Depression Cookies. Congrats!!

michelle said...

Hi Tia. Great to meet you.
The Book Thief was definitely an amazing story. I was riveted from beginning to end.
I too love peanut butter on bread, minus the banana & mayo bit, and it used to be my daily high school snack when I got home from school in the afternoon...
I take my hat off to all NaNoWriMoers... it sounds daunting because I write far too slow...

Jo Michaels said...

I love peanut butter and banana. Never tried it with mayo but, what the hell, I'll give it a shot! Always up for something new :) Interesting thing about me? Hmmm... Probably that I'm rarely at a loss for words. Great post! Nice to meet you, again, for the first time. haha! WRITE ON!

Tia Bach said...

So great hearing from everyone, and meeting a few new people. I'm heading around today to read some blogfest entries. Looking forward to it.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Nice to re-meetcha. I love all the words you listed as favorites. Isn't it funny how some words just have that certain sound? Like floozy... that's another doozie too.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi,Tia,

Nice to see you again! So cool to write a book with your mom. ANd on ALL the awards ... CONGRATS!

I used to move every three years or so, but I have been in my present residence for almost nine years now .... EEEEK! I so need a change. LOL. But with real estate as it is, I have to stay put for another year or so.

Tammy Theriault said...

your book sounds fantastic, and i'm sure you've heard this before, but the sandwich...not so much. the mayo totally ruined it, but maybe someday, when i'm desperate, i'll remember to try that one! :D newest follower, hi!!

Jackie said...

I love mayo and pb sandwiches. So good! I've never tried them with bananas, but I will. :D

Melissa said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog as well. I must admit, I use discombobulated and persnickety on a regular basis. LOL!