M.M. reads… #carolinareads

010What’s the first book you remember reading?
It’s all a blur, but the first book I remember falling in love with was Gay Purr-ee, a Big Golden Book about two cats in Paris.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Part 2 by M.R. James: I’m halfway through it.

Why did you choose that book?
I’d read the first volume and enjoyed it. Although we’re perhaps too jaded and modern to find the subjects of these stories very frightening anymore, they’re so well constructed. I admire writers who can pull off a good ghost story, as opposed to horror, which I’m not a fan of. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is another classic. If I could ever write something like that one day I’d be quite pleased with myself! But I’m not holding my breath.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Bronte sitting room, listening to the sisters as they discuss their stories with each other. Their bond and their collective imagination fascinate me.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, An Artist in a Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. Although if I answered this tomorrow I might have a totally different list!

I was once a lawyer, but I’m now a dedicated writer and sometime artist. I have one creative writing & art blog  and another blog for my serialized novel, A Slow Twisting Place Find out about her other novel The Abduction Myth from one of my past blog posts.


Join the movement!
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.

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