My Sunshine Award!!

Sometimes good people are hard to find, and I’m so lucky to have found lots of good and kind people on the internet, since I started writing and blogging. Lord David Prosser is one of them. A great, warm guy, and an amazing writer. I love his blog, and he, being the gentleman he is, nominated me for a blog award last week!! The Sunshine Award.

I’m still in shock, thank you so much, David!! I hope my humble post doesn’t make you regret choosing me!! O.O

So, first, I answer some questions:

What inspired you to start blogging?

Well, I was told that every writer should have one, so, as a good girl, I obeyed! 🙂

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Oh, there was a lot of brainstorming, huge creativity and…who am I kidding?? It’s just the usual… It’s about my fiction, so… Renata F. Barcelos’ fiction! 😀 But I like it, sounds good!

What is your favorite blog that you like to read?

I swear it’s not because he nominated for this blog award, but I truly love reading The Barsetshire Diaries, by my dear friend David Prosser. He has a gift with words, and can write compelling and funny stuff all at the same time, even when the subject is not easy. Really great!

There are others I enjoy, but as I’m sure I’ll forget someone, I’ll only mention David’s.

Tell about your dream job.

As every other author, I wished to be a full time writer, having a nice studio with an amazing view, from where I’d be writing as long as I wanted every day…

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Always half full. I’m so optimistic that sometimes even I find it enervating! 🙂

If you could go anywhere on a week’s vacation, where would you go?

New York, but actually, just for one week is not good enough… My goal is to live there in the future!

What food can you absolutely not eat?

Dead animals! I’m a vegetarian, so, actually, I don’t even consider it “food”!

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

I don’t really like chocolate, but if I have to choose… dark. At least it’s not sweet, which I absolutely dislike. (Yeah, I know… weiiiiird!!)

How much time do you spend blogging – in other words, are you one of those lucky people who can dash off a blog post in no time, or like me and take forever on one post to get it just right?

No lucky here, nope! Same thing… A blog post can take forever, and sometimes never be published because I simply don’t think it’s good enough… That’s why I don’t have a regular schedule for posts, but write just when the inspiration comes…

Do you watch TV – if so, what are some of your favorite shows?

If I watch TV? Are you kidding me?? Boy, TV is part of the family here! My daughter and I can’t live without it! Well, to be absolutely honest, I can’t live without it, my daughter might…

I love old TV shows and movies — black and white appeals so much to me!! I Love Lucy is our favorite of all times. For the new ones, we adore Once Upon a Time, The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, The Soup and The Middle.

And now, to my nominations:

Have fun, guys!



Spotlight on David Prosser – Interview with Author of the Barsetshire Diaries series

It’s really a pleasure to have this funny and elegant author here. David Prosser born 1951 worked for many years as a Local Government Officer before taking early retirement due to health problems. Finding it difficult to talk to people as a result of the illness he found himself in the situation of being housebound most of the time. In an effort to prove to himself he still had a value he started The Buthidars which is an all denomination, all color, all creed group determined to better the world by Hugging.

The next step was to remind the world of Edwardian style and beg the designers to recreate it in exchange for clothing that displays too much of next weeks washing. Let’s dress with some dignity!

Often heard are the words, life begins at 40. David is trying to show that life can get a kick-start at 60 too. He chose this age to sit and write his first novel, My Barchester Diary, a fictional look at the life of the gentry.  Currently under consideration is a fourth book, the next in a line of books he hopes will entertain and make him rich !

So, let’s learn more about him!

Please, tell us a little about yourself.

Hello Renata, thanks for having me. I’m David (M F ) Prosser though I don’t use the initials on my books as there wouldn’t be any space left for the design. I’m the Lord of Bouldnor an hereditary Manorial title lost in the mists of time, well the 1400’s anyway. I was born in Germany when my parents were posted there ( not in the mail of course ) but have lived in North Wales for a long time. My father was Welsh and I consider myself to be so.

My journey as a writer has been short since I only started writing at age 60 after someone asked me how my day had been and I responded in the form of a diary entry that supposedly had her in stitches. She asked for more…….and more……..

This cover was kindly designed by another author and friend

Book 2 which is also in diary form is a prequel telling of the days between gaining his title and now, when he performed the duties of an unofficial envoy to Her Majesty. I’m afraid I undertook the cover design for the paperback but a kind lady, author Patti Roberts did the design for the ebook. The imaginatively titled ‘More Barsetshire Diary’ is a part sequel to book 1 in which the reader gets up to date with the attempt by the Dreaded Edna to get herself elected as Councillor with Lord David’s help. He also gets volunteered to help raise funds to save the childhood home of Diana The Dowager Duchess of Cheam, or Triple D as he call her, though not to her face.

The Cover for this book and for each of the chapters was a very talented young artist called Sara Japanwalla The cartoons are fantastic.

How long have you been writing?

This morning about 4 hours since I’ve had lots of emails…oops, you mean WRITING. Well, properly since I was 60 which was 2011 but it was about the July I started and couldn’t seem to stop. Though of course I’m sure I remember writing stories for myself when young and some to read my daughter when she was much younger.

Do you remember the first story you wrote?

I’m afraid not though I’m pretty sure it involved Brer Rabbit. I do remember there was a problem getting the dinosaurs to sit still while I read it.

Can you tell us two eccentricities about yourselves?

What, who’s been talking?????? I suspect that I could be considered eccentric because I tend to wear a lot of waistcoats (vests for my U.S. Cousins) in lots of colours and perhaps also because I like to wear a frock coat as often as possible. Usually black but sometimes brown. I think we’ve lost elegance these days and I’m doing my bit to encourage it back.

What was the best thing you’ve ever heard (or read) from a reader?

I bought something from ebay which necessitated me sending a message to the seller. He responded with the answer and then tagged on ” Are you the same David Prosser that wrote My Barsetshire Diary. My wife was laughing so much at it I pinched it off her. It was hilarious?” I was amazed that out of the millions of users I’d found the person I sold the book too. (Joking, I have sold more than one and I’m looking for the other person now).

Do you have a good Indie author to recommend?

That’s really hard as there are so many good ones out there and of course in different genres. But…

Not your run of the mill Romance stories- Collette Scott

Christian Paranormal- The G6 Chronicles – Daniel L Carter

Thrillers. The Tom Gray series – Alan McDermott

Who inspired and/or supported you to become a writer?

I think pushed into describes it better than inspired, but support was given by Ilil Arbel who continued to convince me it was worthwhile as I sent each new chapter and of course my wonderful wife who laughed in bed every night, even when I gave her the book.

Do you have a WIP (Working in progress)? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

For a moment then I thought you knew about my secret dungeon. I started the fourth book last August under the working title, More Queen’s Envoy ( no-one’s ever going to say I lack imagination are they?)but my wife was diagnose with terminal cancer that month and I haven’t written since.

What is your favorite of your books? Why?

The Queen’s Envoy is favourite because I had fun writing it. I allowed myself to be the poor man’s James Bond who could still solve the problem. It was the side issues where I’m faced with women that made me laugh as I had to confess my naivety.

What is your favorite of your characters? Why?

Since I’m the main character it would be wrong to say me. But I’m going to anyway because he’s much more stoic than I am and I think I’d like me to be the me that the me there is.

Do you like to interact online? What’s your favorite social media?

Gone are the days when I could sit down and interact on Facebook. Since Indie publishers are bound to do their own publicity and promotion I spend an inordinate amount of time tied to my chair and with upward of 300 messages a day I have no time any more for being social. Of course when I’ve made my first million and can relax a bit and hire a secretary perhaps the old times will reappear. If anyone wants to buy a million books to fill a library just get in touch…

How do you feel about marketing your books?

It’s chore, it’s a bind but it’s a necessity if I’m to sell any. Even those people lucky enough to sign with a mainstream publisher these days find it’s not optional.

Please, give us all your links – where can your readers find you and your books?


Many thanks for the visit Renata and for letting me ramble on. You’ll show yourself out won’t you. Can I just check your handbag for my silverware. Can’t be too careful these days.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, David! (I told you he was funny! Tell me this interview didn’t put a smile in your face–I dare you! 🙂 You sure need to read his books!)

And readers, don’t go anywhere! Stay tuned for next interview.

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