“Get To Know Me” Tag

Thanks, Abi, for tagging me! This will be fun!


~Vital Stats~

Name: Ivy Rose

Nicknames: Hang on: Rosebud, Rosey, Rosey-Toes, Pumpkernickle, Pumpkin, Bacon (don’t ask where that came from), Sissy, Sis….shall I continue?

Place of Birth: Spokane, Washington.



Best friend: My absolutely amazing, adorable dog Maggie. She has taught me more about IMG_1384-1unconditional love than anyone else in the world.

Award: I won second place for design when I was five in our Awana grand prix. (I went on to win that same award two more times in future years.) :)

Sport: Well, I suppose it would be ballet, if that is considered a sport. After that, it was Tae Kwon Do.

Real holiday: Well, my family went to North Carolina for a few days when I was 18 months old. It was my first (and only) time swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Apparently, I tried to drown myself multiple times, and almost succeeded, dragging my dad with me.

Concert: I have no idea. Probably seeing the Spokane Symphony.



Film: Eh, I don’t watch a lot of movies. But my favorite is probably The Sound of Music.

TV show: The Dick Van Dyke show is pretty fun.

Color: Lilac purple. I would paint my room this color if I had the time or energy to do so. :)


Song: I have to pick ONE song?!?!?! That’s just cruelty. I really only listen to country music and bluegrass, so just about anything that falls into either of those categories I will probably love.

Restaurant: The Olive Garden. Hands down.

Books: A Penny Parcel by Avery E. Hitch; Counted Worthy by Leah E. Good, The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight…I could think of a lot more but those are the ones that are on the top of my brain.



Feeling: Better. I’ve been sick for the past six days.

Single or taken: Single, thank you very much. (WHY DO THEY ASK THESE KIND OF QUESTIONS????)

Eating: Nothing. But I just finished some soda crackers.

Watching: My computer screen. :)

Wearing: Tennis shoes, workout pants, and a sweatshirt.



Want Children: Absolutely, if that’s what God has for me. They’re fun to have around.

Want to be married: Yes, if God sees fit.

Careers in mind: Graphics designer, author, PA-C.

Where you want to live: Anywhere, really. As long as I’m with people that I love, I couldn’t care less where I live. Every location has something totally awesome about it.


~Do You Believe In~

God: Absolutely. How can you live in a world as beautiful as this and not?

Miracles: Yes.

Love at first sight: Nope. :)

Ghosts: No.

Aliens: No.

Heaven: YES!

Hell: Yes.

Kissing on the first Date: Sure…the first date AFTER marriage. Before then, NO. :)

Yourself: Yes, this is, unfortunately, necessary for anything to get done in life.



Did you enjoy this? I had fun writing it…weird questions aside. :)


I’m tagging Hope of Writing in the Light.

Liebster Award

Thank you so much Hope, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! The questions were fun. I apologize for any nonsensical answers to the questions…I answered these rather late one night.


Here are the rules:

– Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.

– Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the award.  To be eligible, they need to have 200 followers or less.

– Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.

– Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.

– Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.


My Nominees:

I’m terrible at nominating people. If you want to do this, please, by all means do! And make sure you tell me if you do, because I want to read it!


Eleven Questions from Hope:


#1 – Sword or bow?

Sword. Well, actually a pistol would be my first choice since I’ve had the most training in that area, but since that isn’t an option here I’ll go for the sword. :-)

#2 – Favorite jewel?

My birthstone: Ruby. (It even sounds pretty, too!) :-)

#3 – What book are you reading right now?

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, and Six Cousins; Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant

#4 – Dragon or griffin?

Dragon. Griffins aren’t realistic enough and they scare me. (Sorry…that’s the non-fantasy-loving-Ivy coming out there.)

#5 – When did you start writing?

I began putting pen to paper ten years ago, but my parents tell me that I was quite the storyteller long before then.

#6 – What is your current favorite fiction book?

A Penny Parcel by Avery E. Hitch, followed closely by the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. (That’s the fantasy-loving-Ivy coming out. I know…don’t even bother trying to understand me. I’ve been trying for years and it hasn’t worked yet. ;-) )

#7 – Would you like to go back in time or forward in time?

Back. The future is too complicated. (The characters in my futuristic Never Alone trilogy will attest to that.)

#8 – Snow or rain?

Definitely snow. At least that is pretty both when falling and (usually) when on the ground. Rain is just…rainy. Droopy. Wet. And I hate being wet when I don’t want to be.

#9 – Name of a favorite character in a story you are writing?

Favorite character in a story I’m writing? That’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say Chelsea Sanders in Ocean Hues. She’s very much like myself, yet entirely different.

#10 – Do you talk to yourself?

*Hiding face* yeah. Mostly in my head though.

#11 – Fly or breath underwater?

Fly! I’ve always wanted to do it! Actually, I tried it one time and landed myself a severely broken arm that led to a shoulder-height plaster cast for 7 weeks. (Stop laughing. I was 6 years old.)



11 random facts about myself. (These are always so hard…)


#1: I talk a lot. (Betcha couldn’t have guessed that one, huh? ;-) )


#2: I am a complete, total, over-the-moon dog lover. (Ask my dogs; they’ll tell ya.)


#3: I play 6 instruments.


#4: I am lactose intolerant. (Not real proud of that but it is what it is.)


#5: I would rather be warm than cold. Being cold is extremely painful to me. (I dream of tropical vacations away from snowy, chilly Washington…)


#6: I am always moving (wiggling, squirming, drumming my fingers, flexing my toes…)


#7: A-Beka Chemistry and I do not get along. At all.


#8: My mom taught me to read when I was 3. (Thanks Mom!)


#9: I have foot orthotics and wear knee and ankle braces because I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. (Not proud of that either but genetics are genetics. {Ehlers-Danlos is a connective tissue disorder, meaning that my tendons and ligaments don’t hold my joints together like they should.})


#10: I am running out of room on my bookshelf. (And it’s already been unloaded to the “main bookshelves” twice in the past 8 years.)


#11: I overuse parenthesis. (But you haven’t noticed, have you?)


Alright, now my 11 questions for my nominees:

#1: Dogs or cats? Or both? ;)

#2: Name your favorite villian. (Either in a book you’ve written or a book you’ve read)

#3: Chocolate or caramel?

#4: Night owl or morning person?

#5: When do you do most of your writing?

#6: What is your favorite book published before 1930?

#7: Who is your favorite character in a book you’re writing?

#8: Do you talk to yourself?

#9: Favorite character in a book?

#10: Summer or winter?

#11: Kindle or paperback?


Looking forward to seeing your answers!

One Lovely Blog Tag

I was tagged for the One Lovely Blog Award by my friend, Hope.


  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. List seven fun facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen bloggers of your own…well, the rules say fifteen bloggers but that’s a lot; just tag as many people as you feel like tagging.



Okay, seven fun facts about myself (that’s a lot!!!)

  1. I was never able to stomach coffee until about two years ago, but now, I love it.
  2. I am a night owl…staying up until two or three in the morning, no problem. Getting up before seven a.m.; “Wha de oo say?”
  3. My favorite genre to read is historical fiction.
  4. I’m not a huge fan of watching movies…if given a choice, I’d pick reading a book over watching a movie hands down.
  5. My favorite color is light, pastel purple.
  6. I play seven instruments.
  7. I write from 9pm to 12am.

I don’t know who to tag…I only know of one person reading this blog who has a blog…but if any of you wish to do this, please consider yourself tagged!

Behind the Scenes Writers Tag

My friend Hope tagged me to answer this awesome list of questions. I hope you enjoy it!


– Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

Chocolate! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate…anything chocolate.


– When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

I write whenever I get a chance, but my best writing hours are 7pm to 1am.


– Where do you write?

Anywhere I can. My preferred spot is on my bed…comfy, cozy, and quiet. :)


– How often do you write a new novel?

*Sheepish grin*  WWWAAAAYYYY more often than I should. A couple times a year I start a new one. :)


– Do you listen to music while you write?

Yes. Classical piano (mostly hymns).


– What do you write on? Laptop or paper?



– Is there a special ritual you have before or after you write?

Turning on my music, making sure all my daily tasks are complete, and I’m trying to include having a short prayer time.


– What is always near the place you write?

Typically my cell phone for music, chocolate, and sometimes hand-written notes.


– Do you have a reward system for your word count?

No. I try not to have a word count goal.


– Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Hmmm…I get distracted quite easily. ;) Writing the first draft is my favorite part of the writing process…editing is my enemy.



I’m tagging Rebekah Morris