Friday, December 14, 2012

Day Fourteen - All About Miriam Forster ( City Of A Thousand Dolls)

Debutante Profile

Name – Miriam Forster
Debut - City Of A Thousand Dolls
Genre – Fantasy
Website– HERE
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Twitter - HERE

Miriam Forster learned to read at the age of five, wrote her first story at the age of seven and has been playing with words ever since. In real life she’s a recovering barista, a terrible housekeeper and a dealer--and duster--of books. But in her mind she’s a deadly international assassin-ninja AND a fantastic dancer.  When Miriam isn’t writing, she plots out fight scenes, obsesses about anthropology, nature shows and British television, and reads far too much.

Dream Debutante Dress -  

Notes from a YA Debutante

As the bio says, I’m a bit obsessive. It’s genetic. My father changes hobbies every six to eight months and I have an eight-year-old nephew who drew nothing but dinosaurs and the solar system for a year. When my family goes in on something, we go ALL IN.

Obviously I’m obsessed with making stuff up, but what happens when I’m not telling stories? Here are eight things I obsess about when I’m not writing.

1. Dinosaurs.

Do I need to defend this one? I mean dinosaurs are SO COOL. So maybe I watched Jurassic Park like six times in two weeks once. And maybe I own the entire Walking with Dinosaurs series and all three Jurassic Park movies and have a Pinterest board about dinosaurs. It’s not a problem. I CAN QUIT AT ANY TIME.

2. Television shows

Mostly crime dramas. Bones and CSI and Castle and NCIS and Criminal Minds. (So much Criminal Minds. I went on a Criminal Minds binge once where I watch the first three seasons in something like a week and a half.)  But also anything BBC: Doctor Who, Sherlock, etc.  Right now I’m on a Revenge kick, so that’s fun.

3. All nature programs narrated by David Attenborough

I’m pretty sure I own most of these by now, but I’ll rewatch them at the drop of a hat.  Blue Planet and Planet Earth are perennial favorites, but I also like the ones where you see Attenborough himself. There’s nothing cuter than an older British man playing with a sloth.

4. Internet drama

I can admit it. I’m one of those people who loves Internet trainwrecks. I’ll gawk for days at people behaving badly online. I know I should ignore it, but it’s just SO fascinating, I can’t help myself.

5. Favorite books

Sometimes I go on binge reads of my favorite authors. Agatha Christie, Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Donna Andrews. Even if I’ve read the books a hundred times, something about reading them all again is so comforting. It makes me happy.

6. Dancing/dance movies

I love to dance, though I’m not very good at it. But I also love to watch people dance. I will watch any dance movie or musical, even if the plot and acting sucks. As long as the dancing is awesome, I’m in.  And then I will dance around the house to the soundtrack.

7. Anthropology/people groups

A lot of my smaller obsessions revolve around people groups or some program about cultures. I just love that there are so many different kinds of people out there, and so many wonderful stories. I love that not sharing was a social crime for the Inuit people and that the Khasi of Northeast India grow living bridges from tree roots. People are amazing, always.

8. The Avengers

This is my newest obsession. I’ve never really had the opportunity to get into comics and I hadn’t seen any of the previous movies. But I went to see Avenges in the theatres, and by the time it was over, I was hooked. Now I’m an official fangirl.  I’m reading fanfiction and comic books and looking up character’s backstories online. It’s like a whole new world of obsessions just waiting to be explored!

(I’m in so much trouble.)


Bookie's Note: Miriam can we PLEASE be best friends? We are so alike it's crazy! I'm obsessed with all things Dinosaurs and I'm in the search for the Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets that are apparently available in the US. I also love crime shows, Bones = LOVE and Dexter! And don't even get me started on my obsession of superheroes especially Marvel superheroes!

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the second half of Miriam's feature! We have some juicy secrets lined up and a fantastic giveaway! 

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I find other cultures (especially that of the ethnic tribes) to be interesting too! Although... I can't say I am obsessed with it. Not for the lack of investment on my part. I just don't get exposed to it as much as I like. :(

    Thanks for sharing :D

  2. So fun learning more about you Miriam. It's so interesting to see what you're really interested in.

  3. I'm obsessed with zebras! It's been my favorite animal since I was 7 and I can't stop collecting everything and anything zebra print and with zebras on it. Happiness!

    All of your obsessions are awesome and fun, Miriam! I get really into superhero backstories, too, whenever a new Marvel movie comes out. The X-Men are my favorite! I used to love that cartoon when I was a kid. I so so wish the mutant gene was real!!

  4. Miriam - I own Jurassic 1 and 3 - not 2 as I was not fond of that one! And AVengers!!!! Oh man we have a lot in common! No wonder we are friends and I love your book!!

  5. I love all those movies!!! Oh and the dress is really pretty too :D

  6. Oh my god that dress!!! I want it so bad!


    And YAY Criminal Minds! Love that show, though nowadays, I don't watch much of it anymore.

    Great post! :)

  8. Yay! Thanks for the great comments everyone! I will be friends with ALL OF YOU. *collects friends*

    (I meant that in a much less creepy way then it sounded.)

  9. LOVE this! Miriam is awesome :D I'm not a big fantasy reader but I added City Of A Thousand Dolls to my to-read list last week and am intrigued, plus this post makes me even more excited for it. Lover of dancing, dinosaurs and addicted to TV shows (I watch pretty much everything and love me some Bones. Just started watching Doctor Who yesterday and it's awesome!)? Seems like we have quite a few things in common ;D Will be sure to stop by tomorrow!

  10. My cousin had a severe dinosaur obsession when she was a kid. Then it was knights - for years. And now she loves writing and does very little else.

    I started with the writing and now want to become a knight, so I'm pretty sure the dinosaurs are only a matter of time.

  11. +JMJ+

    You hooked me with the dinosaurs and then sealed my love with the Internet drama. =) A friend of mine has a very neutral way of putting it. He says, "Enbrethiliel likes talking about blogging." Yeah, that's generally true, but it's more fun when the blogging also raises some eyebrows. ;-)

  12. Dancing, dinosaurs, and crime tv shows (especially Criminal Minds and Castle. Oh, and Bones) are some of my favorite things too! Very excited to read your book!

  13. Gorgeous dress! And I love how all of the things we encounter can be influences to write about.

  14. The dress is SO stunning. I love it.

    I'm so with you on loving Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and pretty much every crime show. I love watching/listening to David Attenborough as well. Also, dinosaurs & internet drama? Check and check.

    Can we please be friends?

  15. Cool dress and I cracked up a the bit about your whole family being obsessive.. especially the dinosaur drawing bit by your nephew!

  16. Miriam I also like Crime TV shows.

  17. I'm throwing my hat into the friendship ring. Oh! And Miriam, you MUST watch the BBC's Merlin (season 4 is the best) & Robin Hood (season 1 or 2, how can I choose?!). I am so obsessed with those two shows that they nearly single-handedly caused me to write my two WIPs.

  18. That dress is amazeballs! I want one to do the salsa in!

  19. Thanks for sharing so many fun facts with us! I can be obsessive about things too at times, but nothing as interesting as your obsessions : )

  20. Coolies! Thanks for sharing the obsessions. :D My obsession is in smelling and flicking through my favourite books. Nothing more satisfying. :P

  21. Anthropology is very interesting. One of my favourite classes was a contemporary anthro course examining how the situations in Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti developed.

  22. Bones! Great show. Number 4? I'm with you! I get it! And number 6, I am completely with you. IF I hear dance, I am hooked. I watch the tv shows, reality shows, competitions. Get crazily invested, cry a lot and constantly wish that I could make my clumsy self move just a little bit like they do.

  23. That gown is gorgeous! And it goes well with the book cover too. ;)

    The Avengers movie also opened up a new fandom for me..>_>

  24. You sound fantastically awesome Miriam! Same with your book! I hope I get to meet you sometime. HAHA!