What’s the first book you remember reading?
The first book I ever read was a primer in grammar school called Dick and Jane – I hated that book. It was too simple and it bored me. When I was in third grade I went to the big kids’ section in the library and the librarian told me that I was too little to read the big kids books. I showed her. They never stopped me after that. By the time I was in fourth grade I was reading the dictionary and encyclopedias because they were filled with new things to learn.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I am reading Hex on the Beach by Gina Lamanna- it is quite interesting and a fun read. I just finished Chelsa Ave by Armand Rosamilia. That book will give a person chills but it also will give them pause to think about their failings and strengths.
Why did you choose that book?
My interests in books are as eclectic as I am and this one caught me eye. As an author, we must not limit ourselves to just those books which we are comfortable with. We must expand our reading in order to expand our writing. I will read just about anything in order to keep my mind sharp and my writing skills fresh.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would love to meet Edgar Alan Poe or Shakespeare. Both of authors inspired me to believe that I could do what I do. Both of those authors were maligned and ignored until they died. Their work was not fully appreciated until long after they had died. They were both tragic figures and it comes through in their writing which is brilliant on so many levels. Both are dark writers in their own way and both write with morals in their stories. These writers gave me the belief that it was okay to write like I write, that I didn’t have to write happily ever after like my teachers wanted me to write. That is was okay to allow my dark side to be put to paper. If I could meet them I would thank them for their inspiration and their trailblazing so that I might do what I do. You see as authors we must be true to ourselves if we are not – it comes through in our work.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
The Vampire Lestat, The Bible, Edgar Alan Poe’s Complete Set, Shakespeare’s complete works and one of Tim Dorsey’s books
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I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.