The Get To Know Me Tag – Writer’s Edition

by | 21 September 2018 | Life | 24 comments

I love seeing these questionnaire tags that drift across the online universe, partly because I love learning more about my friends, and also because the writing community is all so interconnected and it’s wonderful to see such a supportive friend group.

But today I’m not here to talk about the wonders of the internet (though it is pretty cool), I’m here to take part in this super fun tag that a friend—Savannah Grace—invented and another friend—Hannah—tagged me for. (Thank you, Hannah!)

Because who doesn’t want to discover random fun facts about me? 😉



Vital Stats And Appearance

Name: Jane Maree

Nicknames: Egret (an adorable little girl named me this several years ago), Prill (came from a username I had on a site “Peace Rider Lydia”), Whale Food (Prill – Krill – Whale Food. Logic.), Percy (every time I wear an orange t-shirt), Big Deal (don’t think I have to explain this one… 😛), Janerio, Pizza Ninja, and others that come and go.

Before you ask, yes I legitimately answer to someone yelling out “Whale Food.” What can I say? Nicknames seem to stick to me.

Birthday: 19th of July.

Hair colour and length: Brown, and an inch or so below my shoulders.

Eye colour: Blue

Braces/piercings/tattoos: Zilch, zero, nothing.

Righty or lefty: Righty, but leaning toward ambidextrous because playing violin has made sure my left hand gets plenty of use.

Ethnicity: Australian! 1/18 Irish (some great-great somebody came to Australia during the Goldrush), and partly English as well. I’m also related to Luke Howard—the man who named the clouds, so that’s your random fact about me for the day.



First novel written: Not counting the short stories, there was one point several years ago when I wrote a tiny bit of what was kind of a novel. Except it was basically fanfiction. And I didn’t know what the plot was. I’m not 100% convinced it counts as a novel at all. 😂

First novel completed: The first novel I ever finished was The Bridge of Anskar (using the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum).

Award for writing: Nothing to mention here, because I have never actually entered any writing competitions. My only excuse is a) I haven’t thought about it much, and b) reading through rules and policies makes my brain turn into a microwaved marshmallow.

First publication: I had a short story published on Kingdom Pen last July.

Conference: I have never been to a writing conference! 😭 I really, really want to go to one, but the good ones are on the other side of the globe and plane tickets cost a lot of money. (And we’ve already established that I’m a broke bookworm.)

Query/Pitch: Nothing yet…but I’m working toward it. 😏



Novel (that you wrote): First of all, how can I choose between my precious children? I’m really torn for which to pick, but after a long and painful three minutes of crying over my novels, I’ll pick Powerless. I had so much fun writing this superhero book last November and some of the scenes in the book are on my all time favourites list.

Genre: Speculative Fiction forever!

Author: I’m going to be predictable and say Nadine Brandes because we all know that I’m forever a fangirl. 😛

Writing Music: I have different playlists for each novel so this one’s a tricky one to answer. The Kaladin Soundtrack (The Black Piper) is one of my favourites, and it’s on a couple different playlists. Powerless had a playlist almost entirely full of superhero movie soundtracks. Soundtracks are my jam, though, because lyrics make me get distracted.

Time To Write: Late morning/afternoon. I like to get all my other duties done in the morning, then hone away at the words for the afternoon. Drawing toward the evening is when I’m more likely to get distracted with talking to friends or staring at pinterest boards and wishing I had enough time to write all my novels all at once.

Writing Snack/Drink: Chai, chai, and some more chai.

Movie: Spiderman: Homecoming! Spiderman has always been one of my favourite superheroes and Homecoming was AMAZING. I absolutely loved it and I’m so looking forward to the sequel next year. 😍

Writing Memory: I have a very distinct memory of one day when I was playing around outside, being a florist (one of the many future aspirations I dreamed about back in the day) and selling flowers to my family. Halfway through I decided I should write it down, so I did. I still have the handwritten 50-word story in a paper slip to this day. 😛

Childhood Book: I was all for fairy books. I absolutely ADORED Shirley Barber’s fairy stories. Rainbow Magic, The Mermaid Princess, The Enchanted Woods… I would look through those books and pick which fairy I wanted to be and make up names for all of them.



Reading: I’m still trying to battle my way through Oathbringer (Brandon Sanderson). Epic book, but it’s over 1,200 pages long and it’s murdering me. 😅 I’ve been reading a few books in between (the readers way of procrastinating), but I’ve been reading it since the beginning of June so I’m going to have to buckle up and actually get further through it finally.

Writing: I’m working on MORE edits for A Sprig of Green. I’ll hopefully do an update post soon, because writing things are happening even if it’s slow!

Listening to: The ASoG playlist, because there’s nothing that gets me in the mood for a book more than listening to the playlist I listened to when I wrote it in the first place.

Watching: TV series aren’t a thing in this household (we don’t own a TV because the cord got chewed by one of the young siblings at some point and we never really used it anyway so we just tossed out the TV), but the last movie I watched was The Railway Children.

Learning: Apparently fingerprint scanners don’t work when you have a bandaid on your finger. Go figure. 😂



Want To Be Published: Absolutely! I’m working on edits so that I can start pitching to literary agents and publishers within the next year.

Indie or Traditional: Traditional all the way. Indie has it’s perks but I don’t think it would work for me. It’s also a lot harder to indie publish from Australia than it is in the U.S.

Wildest Goal: I would LOVE to be asked to speak at writer’s conferences. Helping to teach other writers to improve their craft is one of my passions. I’d also love to have a book cover designed by Kirk Douponce because his covers are AMAZING and I love them all so much.



I’m terrible at keeping track of who hasn’t and has been tagged for things like this, so I’m going to take the easy way out. 😛 If you haven’t done this tag yet…I’d LOVE for you to pick it up! Leave a link to your post in the comments below and I’ll hop over to have a look.


Chat with me! What’s your wildest goal for your future? Can you remember your favourite childhood book? Do you have any crazy nicknames?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. J.A.Penrose

    Ooooh, I need to do a post, and I’m scheduled down for life… YAY!

    And I can’t believe it. I actually learnt something new about you. You read Rainbow Magic??? You liked fairies?? I didn’t know this. Very sad. But I do now.

    Ah yes! Kirk Douponce is awesome!!!

    And nah, crazy nicknames don’t stick to me. Occasionally get Legolas, but mostly just ‘Jess’ or ‘the Jess.’

    • Jane Maree

      Yes, do it! It was a lot of fun.

      I was SUCH a fairy book girl. Anything with fairies in it had my heart instantly. 😛

      His covers are so stunning. I love them so much. 😍

      It’s so strange how nicknames seem to stick with some people, but other people just never get them.

  2. Izzy McFadyen

    This post was so fun to read.

    You didn’t really strike me as a fairy person. I loved fairies as a kid too! I loved Rainbow Magic and was so happy when I found one named after me.
    I also loved reading the “Animal Ark series” “Pony Pals”

    • Jane Maree

      It was a heap of fun to write too!

      Haha, well I definitely was! Ask my parents of sisters and they’ll confirm. 😛

      Yes, the Pony Pals! I loved those books too. I’m constantly amazed at how it took me so long to realise they all had basically the same plotline. 😂

  3. Nicole Dust

    Yay, you did the tag!! Also, I love your nicknames! (Especially the Percy and Big Deal ones……. #fandomnames)

    And YESSSS to Spider-Man Homecoming! I watched it for the first time this summer. If it didn’t have all the unnecessary language, it would definitely be my favorite Marvel film!

    Great post! I keep thinking, “Yep, everyone’s done the tag now,” and then someone else does it. *shrugs*

    • Jane Maree

      I did! It circled the world then finally looped around to me. 😉

      Fandom references are the best nicknames ever. XD

      I loved it so so much! It’s so sad that clean films (particularly language-wise) are so hard to find these days.

      Same. 😛 It’s crazy how many times I’ve seen it popping up over the past few months.

  4. Sam Kowal

    Whale Food.

    • Jane Maree

      That nickname has given us a lot of hilarious stories.
      For example, one time at a conference my sister was trying to get my attention. When I didn’t notice her calling my name, she started cycling through my nicknames and I responded, of all of them, to Whale Food. A moment we shall never forget. 😂

  5. Buddy J.

    Thank you! Speculative fiction… I word I have needed for a long time, and not been able to find.

    *sits down and chews on the word in his brain* Good word.

    • Jane Maree

      Yes! Speculative Fiction is a wonderful word that encompasses all genres with otherworldly/supernatural elements. Magic, sci fi technology, etc.

      It is a very good word. 😉

  6. MiddleEarthMusician

    No, Jane; fingerprint scanners only work when they have access to your fingerprint. XD XD XD That made my day. XD Your nicknames are priceless!!! All of your stories have sounded super cool, but I must say Powerless definitely sounded like one of your coolest. 😀 IT WOULD BE SO COOL IF YOU SPOKE AT A WRITER’S CONFERENCE. I think that could very well happen one day! 🙂 My favorite childhood book was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And the only two read nicknames that I’ve ever had that stuck are “Mem” (that was by you XP) and “Shoo” (that was given to me by church friends XD).

    • Jane Maree

      I can’t believe how many times I tried to log into my laptop by using my fingerprint only for it to come up with an error. 🤣

      I love how names seem to stick on me. 😛 They’ve all got great stories attached too.

      Powerless was so. much. fun. Big family, superpowers, ninjas, explosions. I just went crazy with that story.

      YES. ONE DAY. I’d love to speak at the OYAN summer workshop.

      Ahh The Voyage of the Dawn Treader! ❤

      You actually got ‘Mem’ almost the same way that I got nicknamed ‘Prill’! Both from our Camp NaNo cabin usernames.

  7. Kendra Lynne

    Hahaha, I love your nicknames. 😀 I’ve had a lot of nicknames… most of the time I get called Ken (which sometimes irks me because its a boy’s name), and I gave myself the nickname “Ma-ka-ken” when I was three years old. XP I can’t think of any others right now.

    Some books I read over and over again when I was younger was Harriet the Spy and the Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books. I know. I’m so boring. 😛

    I loved reading this post, Jane! And when you start speaking at writing conferences, don’t forget your friends in A northwestern US state-that-shall-not-be-named. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      Ma-ka-ken! That’s so cute! ❤ I love it.

      I don’t know EITHER of those books so that’s not at all boring for me. 😯

      Yes, if I ever come along to America I will definitely have to scoot all around the states staying with all the wonderful people. 😛

      • Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

        My mom also calls me a weirdo a lot which could count as a nickname I suppose… XD

        Yeah, those books are pretty obscure and childish. Not the type that are on my tbr these days. 😉

        Great! I’ll look forward to it. 🙂

        • Jane Maree

          Ahh yes, that’s great. xD Weirdo is a nickname all writers aspire to. 😛

  8. Gray Marie Cox

    I love this tag, it is so much fun learning about people!

    I love Spiderman: Homecoming as well, it’s so amazing. <3

    • Jane Maree

      Same! I’ve been having so much fun following it around the internet and stalking everyone. 😂

      Tom Holland is definitely my favourite Spiderman yet. 😍

  9. Catwing

    Whalefood huh? I found out some interesting things about you. 😀
    Thanks for doing the tag! I enjoyed reading all of your answers.

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, yes. That’s a fun nickname that not many people have heard. 😛

      Thank you for tagging me! It was so much fun. 😊

  10. Jenna

    Ah I ADORE this tag! ❤️But oh my word your nicknames! XD ‘whale food’???
    Awesome post! 😉

    • Jane Maree

      I’m quite proud of my lengthy list of nicknames, honestly. It always makes for a good story. 😛
      Thanks, Jenna!

      • Jenna

        Oh, I actually did this tag on my blog too if you want to check it out 😉

        • Jane Maree

          Aw yes, I’ll go check it out now!

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