What’s the first book you remember reading?
My mom was a reading teacher, so I was swimming in books when I was young. Some of my favorite memories are when my mom read to me. I can’t remember any one book, but I remember a lot of the juvenile fiction I read: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Great Brain, the Hardy Boys mysteries, the Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Narnia.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I was recently in India and I went to a bookstore and bought a stack of young adult fiction written by Indian authors. So I’ve been reading through them. The most recent one I read was Horrid High by Payal Kapadia. The next book I’m planning to read is The Green Ember.
Why did you choose that book?
Word of mouth from someone I trust. The Green Ember is the favorite book of an eleven-year-old boy I know.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Ah, there are many. Today I’ll choose Dickens. I’d love to talk with him about a grand assortment of things. If he was game, we’d be chatting for weeks. It would be fascinating to understand how he wove so many characters so seamlessly into his novels.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
What!!! Only five books? What kind of dictator is making me do this? Boy, things in the world must have gotten pretty bad for this to happen. Choosing five would be hard. If I only had one it would be easy. 1. The Bible. (But this is kind of cheating because the Bible is made up of sixty-six books.) As to the other four. 2. The last page of the Last Battle, which is the last book of the Narnia series. I love the whole book, but it’s the last page that always gets me. I cry every time I read it. This page would be particularly valuable if I was forced to only choose five books for my bookshelf. Why? Well, if some dictator is sticking a gun to my head forcing me down to five books, it would mean The End was certainly nigh. And in really bad times its good to have some perspective that what appears to be the end of the story may not in fact be the end. 3. A good survival handbook, cuz, well you know, End Of The World. 4. The Lord of the Rings, cuz it’s got Hobbits and Volcanoes and it’s really long (in case I get bored waiting around for the actual End). 5. And finally, The Princess Bride, cuz you can’t take everything so seriously, even if everything’s looking really-really bad.
Chris is an author, mentor, dad, husband, friend, and Wonder seeker. He recently published a young adult fantasy novel called The Magician’s Workshop. He enjoyed writing it so much, there are already two volumes, and hopefully more to come. You can find more information.
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