Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?
A. Hands down, my favorite assigned summer reading was ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote. Looking back, it was the start of my fascination with true crime, mysteries, and police dramas. I mostly read YA now, but I still enjoy watching these kinds of shows when I can find a few spare minutes.
And although I loved In Cold Blood, I have to be honest and say that I’m a little jealous of kids today. Rumor has it summer reading now includes The Hunger Games! How awesome is that? I can’t recall ever being *required* to read a best seller that also happened to be an international blockbuster movie. *sigh* Kids today have it so good! 😉
Q. Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?
I would love to meet (in no particular order):
1. Veronica Roth (Divergent) because I’m so impressed by her success at such a young age and because I”m dying to know what happens to Tris in book two, Insurgent. (Yes. I know she wouldn’t really tell me.)
2. Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) because she just seems like a really fun and creative person based not only on her published works but on her blog.
3. Cassandra Clare (The Immortal Instruments) because while I’m a fan of her work and she’s got plenty of them, she’s also got a lot of critics. I’d love to know how she deals with the negativity and how she maintains her focus.