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 Steven Montano back to Lit, etc! The final book in his Skullborn trilogy, The Black Tower is now available! To celebrate his blog tour, Steven and I talked about his favorite books.
Q. Your favorite childhood book?
Escape from Warsaw, by Ian Serrailler, a novel about several children escaping the blitzkrieg. It was the first book I can recall that truly sucked me in.
Q. Favorite book you read for school?
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift. I read that brilliant satire/adventure for 4 different classes in college and loved it every single time. Just a marvel of well-crafted literature.
Q. Classic book you’re embarrassed to admit you’ve never read?
War and Peace, by Tolstoy. For some reason I feel guilty that I haven’t been brave enough to plow through that.
Q. Which book do you think deserves to be a Broadway musical?
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. Such brilliant dark comedy deserves to have a musical number put to it.
Q. An author that is underrated?
British fantasist J.V. Jones. Her descriptive prose is unparalleled, her work is dark and stirring, and I think she’s just a brilliant author.
Q. Favorite adaptation of a novel?
Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it still manages to capture the core elements that make the book so compelling while still changing so many of the details.
Q. A book you wish you had written?
“The Scar”, by China Mieville. Harsh, poetic, endlessly inventive…a work that always makes me strive to be better.
Q. A book that in some way cemented you as a writer?
Dark Dance, by Tanith Lee. The first novel I wrote where the pose was so poetic I truly appreciated the craft of writing for what it was.
Q. Have you ever been in trouble for reading a book?
I was supposed to be working on Algebra while instead I was reading Clive Barker’s Imajica. That might be why I flunked Algebra… ;D
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.
Yikes! John Marco, Clive Barker, J.V. Jones, China Mieville, Mark Lawrence, John Scalzi, Tanith Lee, Jonathan Swift, William Blake, and George R.R. Martin.
Steven is the author of the Blood Skies series, the Skullborn Trilogy, and something black…
His upcoming novels are The Last Acolyte, the first novel in the military sci-fi/space opera sequence The Rike Chronicles; The Alchemist, the first in the paranormal action Tooth & Claw series; and Colder, a mystery/thriller.
Steve and his family live in Michigan. They’re still wondering how they got there.