Self Interview for Alabama Women Bloggers

I am a member of the Alabama Women Blogging community. And it is a fantastic group of women bloggers in Alabama. Their message and mission is to gather, grow, and connect women bloggers. It is a community with a sense of sisterhood that offers education and tools to grow your blog while also supplying opportunities, professional connections, platforms and networking to help bloggers build their personal brands.

This week, they are hosting a “Get To Know You” link-up. They’ve provided the questions and now I have to answer them. After this post is published I will then take this link and add it to the others that participated in the link-up on the Alabama Women Bloggers post titled Self Interview Link Up. I look forward to learning more about my fellow Alabama women bloggers.



1. What part of the state do you call home?
Huntsville, Alabama and I’ve been a resident since 1991.

2. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since before blogging was popular and when Blogspot first came on the scene. So probably since the mid-to-late 1990s.

3. Why did you start blogging?
I was a stay at home mom and needed a creative outlet. I have always enjoyed writing and when blogging came on the scene I loved the idea of instant publication. The community of bloggers also fed my appetite to be around other like-minded people.

4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?
I like the participation level of things. It’s not about them promoting their own agenda but they want bloggers to get involved and participate. Also, their Twitter account stays active with all sorts of information and they promote the heck out of the women bloggers in Alabama.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, I am afraid I see myself exactly where I am today. Five years from now I will be in my 50s! I don’t really want to think about that. LOL. However, I do have big dreams and goals. A girl can always dream, right? I hope in five years I will have written several books and will be traveling the world. We shall see. I probably should come up with a plan for that, huh?

6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?
Hands down, Meryl Streep, although she and I do not even come close to looking like one another. But I do love her so I’d want her to play me in a movie. Why? Well, that’s easy, in my opinion she is the Master of acting. She can play a wide range and I don’t think she takes herself too seriously either. She doesn’t “seem” like a diva. I simply adore her and always have.

7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?
Oy, tough one. Don’t think me selfish but I am not going to list the regular and expected things such as seeing my kids grown, healthy, and successful – because, of course, that is a given!

  1.  take about six months and travel the northeast part of U.S.
  2.  have a speaking part in a movie
  3.  travel through Europe and become an expat in Italy – or at least have a home there to visit often.
  4.  host a dinner party and have Adriana Trigiani, Elizabeth Berg, and other favorite authors in attendance (and Meryl Streep of course).
  5.  take another six months and travel the southeast part of the U.S.

All this travel makes for great research for novel writing. 😉

8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why?
A great and prolific writer. There, I said it. Why? I love writing and feel that I can relay or convey a message through my writing that others can relate to while also entertaining them. I know I get great satisfaction from reading books and I’d like to contribute to that as well.

9. Describe the best moment in your life.
The day we landed in Rome, Italy. Ever since I was a little girl I have always had a fascination with Italy. I don’t know why or where it came from – I probably saw a picture of Venice when I was little and thought it fascinating that a city was on water or something of that nature. At any rate, when I married The Gent, our honeymoon was a Mediterranean cruise and we caught our ship out of Rome, Italy (actually it was Civitavecchia, Italy) but our plane landed in Rome. I am terrified of flying so when we landed I was 1) thankful we made it and 2) WE WERE IN ROME! I cried ya’ll. I am not a crier but I cried. After our cruise we stayed in Rome for a few more days on our own and I did NOT want to leave. I felt so at home in Rome. Also, The Gent and I are Catholic and we were able to participate in our first Mass together as man and wife at the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica.

Rome3 Rome sorrento
10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?
Okay, I’ll confess – an actress. A big ole movie star just like Meryl Streep. Or maybe a Director. Or Producer and Writer. Or all of them!

11. What or who inspires you to blog?
Oh wow… a lot of different types of bloggers inspire me to blog but since this is a writing site I’ll tell you that it is Susan Cushman. I met Susan on Facebook and can’t think of how or why we met on Facebook but we did. She lives in Memphis and she was the Director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction workshop – a workshop that I attended and it was my first ever formal writing workshop. I got to meet Susan in person after several months of knowing her on Facebook. She is a wonderful and kind person who shares her writing on her blog and also promotes other writers and authors. I just love Susan and she has helped me in so many ways, I am grateful to know her.

12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend?
This is difficult to answer since I haven’t tried all of our local bistros and restaurants. I’ll have to recommend three for sure because I can’t narrow it down to just one.

  • 3Skillets – they serve the freshest ingredients from farms in north Alabama! Plus, they are located right in the heart of downtown Huntsville – great location.
  • Emma’s Tea Room – a charming setting in what used to be a house. It has been converted into an intimate little atmosphere for a restaurant that serves some great salads and fresh ingredients. A wide-variety of tea is served too. It is a unique dining experience and I think they are only open for lunch.
  • Gibsons BBQ – of course, we are in the south. My daughter works as one of the hostesses and you can find The Gent and myself there just about every single Friday night for dinner. I normally get the smoked turkey plate with fried okra and french fries.

13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?
Oh, it would definitely have to be the football watching on Saturdays in the fall. We will fix up all the normal football concession foods and just have us a good ole time.

14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?
I am going to have to pick two and they are from a different blog of mine since I am just now starting this blog back up again. So, they would have to be when I had the honor of interviewing Sara Rosso on Girl Gadabout and when I did a feature author post about Adriana Trigiani and then she stopped by and commented on the blog entry!

15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can follow you!
Here ya go….
googleplus facebook twitter pinterest instagram linkedin  email

This was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s self interview in the Alabama Women Bloggers network.

Thanks for reading,


  • Joy

    Loved getting to know you a little bit better Carol! So thankful we have you a part of our Alabama Women Bloggers community. We enjoy your posts, and love being able to share them with our sister bloggers. Thanks for linking up with us, and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lisa

    Enjoyed reading about you! I can’t wait to read your book – sounds like one I would enjoy!! I would keep my nose glued to my kindle all the time if I could but that would be a little anti-social . . .and since I love people, it doesn’t work too well!!

    • Carol A. Marks

      Oh, I know what you mean. I LOVE my little Nook Simpletouch with Glowlight and I never thought I’d like an eReader but I do! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • CraftyHope

    Girl, you’ve got some serious aspirations on that bucket list. I love it!! It seems that you’ve got a lot of living left in store. I’m looking forward to reading about all of it right here. It’s so very nice to meet you!

    • Carol A. Marks

      Rome! I know. I love it. I would leave Alabama in a heartbeat to go live there and not regret one single second.

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