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 have a confession…I’ve had Tanya J. Peterson’s interview questions since October. As some of you know, my grandmother got sick in November and then died in December and I failed to post this during those months. Here it is and I apologize to Tanya for the lateness in posting these! I loved getting to know her better and hopefully you’ll find a book or two in common (or perhaps find a new author to read!)
Q. Your favorite childhood book?
The Witch Who Saved Halloween. It was responsible for bringing out the cause-supporter in me, for this young witch had to save the planet (an environmental thing) in order to save Halloween. Oh, and Pippi Longstocking books were cute, too!
Q. Favorite book you read for school?
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved the depth of this book as much as its theme, and the way we discussed it made me fall in love with not just the story but with literature.
Q. A book you’ve claimed to have read, but haven’t?
Jane Eyre. Well, and a bunch of other classics, too. But they truly are on my TBR list, so I’m hoping that counts for something.
Q. An author that is underrated?
Pricille Sibley (The Promise of Stardust). She’s a newer author, so perhaps she’ll rise and be noticed. She’s an amazing storyteller and writer.
Q. Favorite adaptation of a novel?
Probably Forrest Gump. The book was horrible! Well, that might be a bit harsh, but it was outlandish and unbelievable. The movie was a bazillion times better.
Q. A book you wish you had written?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Mark Haddon) It’s a book a bit similar to what I write, yet quite different. I love the way Haddon portrays autism through the characters of the book. I’d be proud to have written this.
Q. A book that in some way cemented you as a writer?
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes). While I’ve always read for character, this book made connect to a character on a deep level, not only watching from a distance and cheering from the outside, but becoming him and feeling all of the things he feels. I want to characterized like this!
Q. A book that would make a great doorstop?
Well, I suppose a hardcover version of War and Peace because it’s heavy. And probably horror books. My daughter loves them, and that’s fine. I just hate them! I picture things too vividly, I think.
Q. A book that you reread year after year?
I know this is a repeat of something I mentioned earlier, but, even though it hasn’t been out long, I’ve read The Promise of Stardust more than once.
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.
First, a disclosure: I don’t host parties, dinner or otherwise. 🙂 It’s a social anxiety thing. And the thought of talking to authors is enough to start a panic attack. However, since this is just pretend, I’d invite Saul Bellow, Maya Angelou, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pricille Sibley, Juliann Garey (Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See – another of my favorites), Mark Haddon, and Daniel Keyes.
Thanks for the fun interview questions and for sharing them with your readers!!
I’m intrigued by the human experience, which is probably the reason I decided to earn degrees in education and in counseling. I enjoy working with people and helping them empower themselves to make their lives great, and I sincerely appreciate those who have helped me through my own challenges in this human experience (I’ve experienced counseling from both sides of the proverbial couch). I’ve worked at a school for homeless and runaway adolescents and in traditional schools as well. I also love to write, and I enjoy creating stories about the human experience.