//interview with a curious wren

I first made Annie’s acquaintance when she left a touching comment on my blog about a month ago, and I’m delighted to announce she’s finally venturing into the blogging world with her own slice of the internet! I hope you enjoy getting to know her, and give her blog a look!

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  1. When did you realize you wanted a blog?

Once upon a time about seven years ago my older sister started a knitting blog (http://hollymarieknits.blogspot.com/) and I was instantly fascinated. Then roughly a year later I discovered my first writing/bookish blog (http://www.literarylane.com) and it opened a whole new world to me. Basically the hope of having a bookish blog has been lurking in the back of my mind all that time, and in January of this year, I decided “this is the year. this thing is happening.” I prayed about it, planned a blog launch party, discussed interviews with friends, brainstormed blog posts, made a specific Curious Wren folder… and now it’s happened! Honestly, it still feels very surreal. O.o 

  1. Is there a certain ‘genre’ of blog you hope to have? i.e. writing, art, photography, lifestyle, etc. or a combination of all?

Curious Wren will be a writing/bookish blog with the occasional post of Very Deep thoughts on Life. *cough* I’m extra excited about a special feature each of my book reviews will have, among other things I’ve planned for the website.

  1. What books have made you cry? If none, were there any that almost did?

SO MANY. I’ll try to limit myself to the Top Six.

Halo: Ghosts of Onyx makes me cry every time without fail. That ending! I’m feeling emotional just thinking about it. (KURT.) Quick warning: the halo series is futuristic military sci-fi so lots of swearing; if you’re thinking of checking it out. My darling brother blacked it out for me. ^.^)

A Tale of Two Cities leaves me in a puddle of emotions by the end too. I know I am not alone in this.

Shadow Hand (Tales of Goldstone Wood, #6) brought tears to my eyes multiple times. 

To Kill A Mockingbird is well nigh impossible to read without choking up.

Monster (by you). Honestly, could anyone read it and not cry? 

Never (by J. Grace Pennington). My poor feels. 

Am I allowed to include my own books? ;) Because I am Juliette destroyed my emotions. And still does. o.o

4. What music do you listen to as you write, or is it completely different each time with no set playlist?

I tend to listen to a combination of movie soundtracks and classical when I write. Murray Gold, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, The Piano Guys (their good songs), James Newton Howard, John Williams, Henry Jackman, John Powell, and Brian Tyler are some of my favorite movie score composers. My playlists are a conglomeration of their music, and I listen to whatever random collection inspires me at the moment. But I can NOT listen to lyrical music while I write. Impossible. 

  1. Who are your five favorite bloggers? (This isn’t trapping you into including me, I promise XD This is always one of my favorite questions to see answered in interviews as it gives me new  reading material, and other bloggers appreciate it. )

Well, I’m including you in this list anyway, because whenever I get a post from you in my email I trip over myself in my rush to read it. XD

http://ladybibliophile.blogspot.com/?m=1 (Schuyler is a dear friend, and her blog is insightful and always inspiring).

http://joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com/?m=1 (Joy is sweet, jolly, a wonderful friend, and her blog is a bright spot of sunshine).

http://www.carmel-elizabeth.blogspot.com.au/?m=1 (sharply clear, refreshing, and soothing).

https://wovenglass.wordpress.com (this girl has such wonderful, in-depth articles and I love her take on life. Plus, she’s just a darling).

http://aimeemeesterwrites.blogspot.com/?m=1 (Aimee is a recent find. She’s such a fun, nice person and her articles on writing have been hugely inspiring).

There are lots of other blogs I love, but these five spring to my mind first. ^_^

  1. What are your favorite movies/shows?

The Great Escape. The Magnificent Seven. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. Ip Man. Lord of the Rings (extended). BBC North and South. BBC Bleak House. Doctor Who. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Roman Holiday. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Ice Age 3. How To Train Your Dragon. Home. Up. Wall-E. 

I’ll stop now. ;) 

  1. Describe yourself in five words. (Or try to *wink*)

Effervescent. Whimsical. Optimist. Protective. Imaginative. 

  1. Do you have any odd pet peeves or personal quirks?

People using incorrect grammar drives me batty. If it’s quiet and someone is drinking water, I can’t stand the sound of them swallowing. I whistle all the time, but I only like singing with other people. Unless I’m at church, I can’t sit like a normal person, I have to have my legs curled up besides me. My brother tells me I walk like someone fresh from zero-gravity. 

  1. Last one (I know, it’s ending on an odd number, but still) – what is your favorite quote? It can be from anyone or anything.

I have so many that I shall include several.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, “This is love.” God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, “This is love.” — Joshua Harris

“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.” — Corrie Ten Boom’s Mum

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  — J.R.R. Tolkien

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that these jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he begins knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.” — C.S. Lewis

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Mirriam!! I had a lovely time, and your questions were great fun to answer. ^_^ *hugs you*

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Annie Hawthorne is a twenty-something writer who tends to be guilty of either hyperbole or crafting scenes that make her beta-readers cry. If she’s not scribbling YA fantasy and speculative fiction, then she can be found interacting with her family as one of its more lively members or attempting to shorten her TBR stack (it never works). She practices piano badly, and photography even worse. People-watching, long road-trips, dissecting movies, Doctor Who and LOTR marathons, wearing red heels, and collecting mugs are always on her To-Do list. She chases beauty, and is a child of God. Annie talks books, writing, and life at https://anniehawthorne.wordpress.com. You can find her Twitter account https://mobile.twitter.com/account

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5 thoughts on “//interview with a curious wren

  1. Annie sounds positively amazing!! I’m getting a sweet, joyful vibe… <3 I love that you asked about the quirks because they are so much fun to learn about people! Swallowing, chewing (I have a violent hatred for this sound), and sniffing drive me up the wall… Annie's not alone. V_V

    I look forward to reading her blog! :D

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  2. Ah, a kindred spirit! As soon as I saw “Shadow Hand” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” on that list, I knew it. ;) (Oh, Annie, have you read “Golden Daughter” yet? One scene in particular brought on chills and tears at the same time.) And then you go on and list all those amazing film composers, many of which I enjoy. Anyone who lists The Winter Soldier or HTTYD as favorite movies gets instant cool points for that too. *nods* Needless to say, I’ll be checking out your blog! :D Great interview!

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  3. This was such a delightful interview from you both, Mirriam and Annie! I so highly enjoyed it, darlings :) <3.

    I highly approve of the books you've mentioned that made you cry – "A Tale of Two Cities" "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Shadow Hand"! <3 *sniffles* A resounding "Yes" to all those loveable books *hugs them to my chest*!!

    I love movie soundtracks too *nods head in approval* and Howard Shore and John Williams are two of my absolute favourites likewise!

    Aww, dear Annie <3 You brightened my day by your sweet words – I am so glad you like my blog, thank you for the shout-out *hugs tightly* It made me smile big ^_^. I love your other favourite blogs too! Hey, you know what? Chloe's "Living on Literary Lane" was one of the very first blogs I ever encountered too! How cool is that? :D

    I love that you mentioned this quote: “Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.” — Corrie Ten Boom’s Mum as one of your favourites, and I just happened to send you that same quote via email (not knowing you'd mentioned it here!) <3 Such a beautiful quote!!

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