1. Who’s your favourite book character and why?
Jo March, from the March family/Little Women series. She’s tough but fragile, and booksmart and fierce in a time when women were not desired to be either.
2. Do you read magazines and comics regularly? Which ones?
No. The only magazine I pick up is mental_floss.
3. What was the worst book you’ve ever read?
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. 1) the plot came straight from the bottom of the heap of Lifetime Movie Network, and 2) the “grief subplot”, as someone from a family who lost a child and as a counselor, frankly offended me. Piccoult has never known someone who’s suffered the loss of a child, or someone who has suffered complicated grief. I could not finish it…and I’m glad I didn’t, because I peeked at the ending. Ye gods and little fishes.
4. Who do you think is the most underrated author?
Joe Lansdale. His novel The Bottoms is probably the best novel I’ve read this year, and it’s one of the best Americana novels I’ve ever read.
5. What’s your favourite genre to read?
6. What’s your favourite non-fiction book (if any)?
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, by Jon Krakauer. I’m fascinated by cults and sects, and especially by fundamentalist offshoots of LDS.
7. If you could live the life of any book character, who’s would it be?
Katy Carr, from the Carr family series by Susan Coolidge, is the first one to come to mind. She has a lovely big family, and a strong faith, and gets to attend a perfectly splendid boarding school.
Next in line would most likely be Nancy Drew.
8. Have you ever written/tried to write a book or short story? What was it about?
Yes, I am working on a full-length collection of short stories right now, all different POVs of the same horrible event. You can read the first two pages of the first story on Scribd. (If you do, please let me know what you think!)
9. How do you usually discover new books?
Goodreads, the library, and lovely catalogs such as Dover and Daedulus.
10. Is there any book that you’ve been meaning to read for ages, but still haven’t got round to?
11. If you could pick one film to be turned in to a book, what film would it be?
Did you mean this as written? Hrm, I don’t know…a really good novel version of The Changeling might be nice.