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 Charlee Fam to Lit, etc! Her debut, Last Train to Babylon was such an emotional rollercoaster! I really enjoyed it and you can read my review here. To celebrate her blog tour, Charlee and I talked about her favorite books.
Q. Your favorite childhood book?
Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret and Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great by Judy Blume.
Judy Blume was my introduction to realistic fiction. It was the first time I realized I could relate to characters in genuine way. I’ve been meaning to reread them again as an adult.
Q. Favorite book you read for school?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I read it for my Love and Death in Modern Literature Class in college. It was a such a fascinating blend of journalism and creative writing for me. I had been an editor for my school’s paper in high school, and I’d just completed an internship at a local Long Island newspaper. My school didn’t have a journalism major, so I ended up going for English.
Q. Classic book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve never read?
Q. Which book do you think deserves to be a Broadway musical?
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? or The Bell Jar – They would obviously be two VERY different productions.
Q. Favorite adaptation of a novel?
This is tough – It’s a tie between The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Lovely Bones
Q. A book you wish you had written?
Anything by Gillian Flynn. I remember reading Gone Girl and getting seriously frustrated with myself that I hadn’t written it.
Q. A book that in some way cemented you as a writer?
I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was 16. And I remember being at work — in the CVS break room — desperately trying to finish it before my half hour was up. I kept thinking: Someday I’ll write a book like this and I can quit this job. It didn’t exactly happen like that.
Q. Have you ever been in trouble for reading a book?
I bought American Psycho when I was 12. I didn’t get in trouble, because my parents didn’t know what I was reading. But I got really scared they would find out, so I threw it out in the garbage at my middle school.
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.
Judy Blue, David Sedaris, Jean Rhys, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Junot Diaz
CHARLEE FAM is a twenty-something novelist living in New York City. A Long Island native, Charlee graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and several awards to her name. LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is her first novel.