Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life.
No author or reader was forced to walk the plank.
I’m thrilled to welcome Alice Loweecey to Lit, etc! She has a three book deal with Henery Press and the first book in the series, will be released in early 2015! Her heroine is Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, a former nun turned private investigator.
To celebrate the cover reveal of Nun Too Soon, Alice and I talked about her favorite books.
Q. Your favorite childhood book?
A. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron
This book is filled with wonder and possibilities. When I was young, boy characters had adventures in books. Girls sat and watched the boys and remained passive, helpless, “good little girls.” Bah. So I read boy adventures.
Q. Favorite book you read for school?
The Canterbury Tales. I still read Middle English 30 years later.
Q. Classic book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve never read?
Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution. I keep thinking I ought to like it, but the man had a gift for making mayhem, murder, and gory revolution as exciting as watching paint dry. I bogged down at page 31 years ago.
Q. A book you’ve claimed to have read, but haven’t?
Q. A novel that you love that would surprise people?
The Man Who Loved Mars by Lin Carter. I don’t do hard SF, but this is the exception. I’m a sucker for a wounded hero. Ivo Tengren’s voice grabbed me by the third paragraph and made me read hard SF. I still reread it every couple of years.
Q. Favorite adaptation of a novel?
The Ronald Colman version of The Prisoner of Zenda. The book is a little too romance-y for me, but the movie! A brilliant cast, great direction, great script, and of course Ronald Colman. *sigh*
Q. A book you wish you had written?
Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. I am in awe of his gift for creating characters that live and breathe.
Q. A book that in some way cemented you as a writer?
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet first, for the reasons above. Later I discovered HP Lovecraft and the desire became an absolute.
Q. A book that would make a great doorstop?
And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer. It was the last multi-generational book I read. I was so depressed at the end of the MCs’ ultimately miserable lives that to shake the gloom I reread the first chapter when the MCs were young and full of life and hope. Then I quit the genre for good.
Q. And finally, you’ve been given the task to host a last minute dinner party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or Dead.
Dickens, Gertrude Stein, HP Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Chaucer, CS Harris, Jane Yolen, Kazuya Minekura.
I’m an eclectic reader. All these authors wrote memorable books I’ve devoured, reread, and which have stayed with me for years. They also write very different types of books. This dinner party would last till the wee hours!
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).