What’s the first book you remember reading?
That’s a tricky question, mostly because I didn’t read a ton as a kid. For many years, I hated reading with a passion. Luckily, I was raised by avid book lovers who never gave up on instilling a love of reading in me. So, first picture book: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. First read aloud by my mom book: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. First book I ever read myself: Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol. First book I ever read myself and loved: Redwall by Brian Jacques.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I just barely started Oranges and Sunshine by Margaret Humphreys. It was originally published under the name Empty Cradles.
Why did you choose that book?
I love listening to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. Not too long ago they had an episode on the child migration program in England, which took orphans, runaways, or any other child the government deemed a lost cause and shipped them off to Australia. Thousands of children were shipped there and victims of abuse and neglect. In the 80’s, a social worker by the name of Margaret Humphreys investigated what had/was happening and exposed the truth of the program. Like I said, I’ve only just started it, but I expect it’ll be heart-wrenching and emotional. And interesting. Very, very interesting.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Brian Jacques. Definitely, Brian Jacques. As I mentioned before, I had a strong hatred of reading. I have vivid memories of my mother giving me reading assignments, trying to peak my interest in it, but it never changed. Until I came across his books, and then I became obsessed with books. It seems like every parent-teacher meeting after that revolved around my teachers complaining that I would read through their classes. Of course, I always told my mom it was her fault for making me love it in the first place. Somehow, that didn’t appease her. His books have definitely shaped my life, and I would love the opportunity to tell him so.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
I’m totally going to cheat and include series as a single entry. Most are just one long book chopped into pieces, so it’s not really cheating anyway! The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson, The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, The John Clever Series by Dan Wells, and The Jonquil Brothers Series by Sarah M. Eden.
I’m the author of The Tréaltha Series, a young adult urban fantasy series, but I’m an eclectic reader, so I’m going to be an eclectic author (www.ma-nichols.com). I’m from Alaska, my favorite band is Linkin Park, and if I could have one wish it would be to never have to sleep ever again.
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.