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Tyrean reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Heroes of Arcania: Fortunes Favor by Liz Long

Why did you choose that book?
I’m into superhero fiction these days because I’m writing a superhero YA novel.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would love to meet C.S. Lewis or Aslan because I would love to take a long walk with Lewis and talk books or I would love to hug Aslan.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

The Chronicles of Narnia (7 in 1!) by C.S. Lewis, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

I’m a teacher, daydreamer, writer, and believer from the rainy side of Washington state. I love reading, walking, and hugging my family when I’m not writing stories, poems, and books. I hang out online here: and here and lately at the Hero Lost site, too.


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.

Dianna reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
An illustrated collection of old fairy tales; I remember the illustrations but sadly not the title.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading the Lucifer graphic novels in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman universe. It’s the first time I’ve read graphic novels in ages and it’s been a great change of pace!

Why did you choose that book?
I managed to convince a friend to loan it to me as research because I’m co-writing a graphic novel myself. You should read what you write, right?

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Terry Pratchett! He was brilliant, funny, and by all accounts very kind. And Discworld grew so much, in a way most fantasy authors don’t let their world’s grow.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

Clariel by Garth Nix, Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine, and A Raw Mix of Carelessness and Longing by Cecilia Frey.

Dianna Gunn is a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. Her first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, was released through The Book Smugglers Publishing in April 2017. She also blogs about creativity, books, and life at www.thedabbler.ca


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.

Craig T. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Call of the Wild by Jack London. A book told from a dog’s perspective? As I kid I thought it sounded boring. But my mom made me read it and I’m pretty sure that’s the book that ignited my now endless imagination.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Hell’s Children, by John L. Monk.

Why did you choose that book?
I’m a huge fan of the author. John helped get me back into writing and is stellar in everything he does. A truly down-to-earth kind of writer with made skillz!

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I’d like to meet H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. His sci-fi mind and mine are very similar. I think he’d be a lot of fun to chat with.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells), because it reminds me of how slippery the slope is to losing our humanity
Hush (Jeph Loeb), because Batman, duh!
Something by John Grisham. I’ve yet to read a book by him that I didn’t love.
The Three Trees (Angela Elwell Hunt). As someone with Celtic roots, the retelling of this folktale is as beautiful as they come.
The Bible. Because who is anyone who doesn’t serve a higher calling?

My blog, and my latest novel, Rabbit Punch, a vigilant mystery thriller.


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.

Chrys F. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman was the first children’s book I ever read by myself. But the first book I remember reading as a child for the pure love of reading was The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books lately, but the book I’m reading now is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Why did you choose that book?
I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale because it’s the May/June selection for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club on Goodreads. I haven’t read all of their selections, but I have read many.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Just one? I have two authors vying for the spot: J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) and J.K. Rowling. I wonder if I can get them to do a wrestling match, and the winner will be the author I meet. And maybe treat to a drink of her choice after the grueling match. I learned to write romantic-suspense by reading J.D. Robb, and I found my imagination by reading J.K. Rowling.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

5. Wizards at War by Diane Duane

 

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, for which she runs their book club on Goodreads and heads their monthly newsletter.

 


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.

Terri W. reads… #carolinareads

I’m turning the tables on myself. Here is my #carolinareads interview.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I also read the John Jakes North and South series at a young age too.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I tend to have a few books going at one time. I’m listening to The Glitch by Ramona Finn Story Fix Transform Your Novel From Broken To Brilliant by Larry Brooks, The Anatomy of Story by John Truby and I’m reading Dragon Slayer’s Academy The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan with my youngest daughter.

Why did you choose that book?
The Glitch I agreed to read for a book tour, the two writing books I’m reading because they were recommended as good books on writing, and The Dragonslayer’s Academy because my daughter chose it for her free reading time.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
There are so many authors I would like to meet and my list of characters is huge. I get to meet a lot of great authors at the Space Coast Book Lovers Convention. I would like to meet Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, James Scott Bell, Darynda Jones, and Sue Grafton.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland, The Harry Potter series, Bless Me Ultima Rudolfo Anaya

 

Terri is a blogger, (duh! This is my blog), writer, mother, wife, and crazy recycled hippie. I spend most of my time reading and trying to write my own book. It is my hope to get something out there before the end of 2017. I’m currently working on two ideas, one a 1920 deco-punk novel where vampires control the flow of bootleg alcohol and an urban fantasy about a valkyrie taxi driver.

 


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.

Mary M. reads… #carolinareads

 

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?

I just finished The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson.

Why did you choose that book?

I love the character of Magnus Bane in Cassandra Clare’s other books, and I was curious to know more about his backstory.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Precious Bane by Mary Webb, Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I’m a writer whose imagination is constantly running wild. Real life always inspires me to jot down poems and stories. (website: www.marydeka.com)


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.

J.R. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Hmm. That’s tricky. My dad used to read to me a lot, so I remember many of those stories. But the first book I ever read independently of him would probably be a Star Wars book called I, Jedi. It’s the only Star Wars book I’ve ever read, but I remember really loving it. Before this, I think I’d read every Calvin and Hobbes that existed (but those don’t really count as books, do they?)

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m currently in the middle of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I’m an English minor, but I haven’t actually read that many classics, so I’ve been trying to get at more of them.

Why did you choose that book?
It came highly recommended from the children of my co-author, Chris Hansen. They insisted that I would like it, and so far they aren’t wrong.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I have to answer these separately. If I could meet one author, it would definitely be C.S. Lewis, as I’ve loved all of his fiction. I suspect he would be a wonderful conversationalist, and I’d love to ask him some specific questions about some of the things he wrote and his intended meaning. As to the book characters . . . I can’t really decide, so I’ll go with . . . Frankenstein’s monster (but a version of him earlier in the story.) I think we could be buddies, and I’d like him to experience love and acceptance, rather than be treated like a freaky monster (as he’s kind of a nice guy in the book.)

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
1: The Bible

2: Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

3: The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald

4: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

5: Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R. Fehr has had a passion for storytelling from a young age. In 2013 he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he currently resides and works with other artists in a variety of artistic collaborations. He published “Skyblind” in the spring of 2016, and had both “Volume One” and “Volume Two” of “The Magician’s Workshop” published in the winter of 2016.

 


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.

David H. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Phantom Tollbooth

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Best Seller by Terry Tyler

Why did you choose that book?
The novella is an unsettling glimpse into the stressful world of contemporary Amazon authors. Seemed appropriate somehow.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Roald Dahl. I expect his ghost and I would have a marvelous chat.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Little Children, Joe College, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The March, The One and Only Ivan

Despite my author bio on Amazon, I didn’t actually subsist for three years by foraging gooseberries and licking the dew off spiny toads after a daring escape from a North Korean prison camp. But since I write fiction under a pen name, why not? Website  Amazon book link

 


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.

M.N. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The children’s books Rackey-Boom and Rootie Kazootie.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading three books, although that’s unusual. I’m pretty much a one book at a time reader. I’m rereading Valhalla by Jere Peacock. I’m also reading The Gentleman From Japan, an Inspector O novel by James Church. I’m not enjoying it as much as I did the first couple of books in the series. And Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. All three of these books are outside of my usual reading genres, which tend toward Speculative Fiction, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy, some Sci-Fi, and Post Apocalypse.

Why did you choose that book?
I read Valhalla multiple times years ago, when I was in the Marine Corps, and I wanted to see what I thought of it now. It’s bringing back memories, but positive and negative, so I don’t know if I’ll continue reading it. I have read the previous Inspector O novels. I find North Korea interesting for some reason. And the Murakami book just caught my eye on the New Releases shelf at my public library in Key West.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Bad Basil Harwar or Percy Snow, characters from Sterling Hayden’s book Voyage. They were such strong, but flawed, personalities. And, of course, Stephen King. I like to see if his real-life voice is similar to his “writing” voice. If it is, he speaks my lingo and the lingo of the people closest to me my entire life. It’s a voice, and a way of expressing things, that I benefit from being around. I mean his “voice” not his oft-used New Englander accents.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
I have read each of the following books multiple times, and would again. The first one I’ve probably read seven times! The Stand, by Stephen King. Voyage: A Novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein. The Drifters, by James Michener (although I haven’t read this one in years, so I don’t know how it would hold up for me) I can’t think of a fifth book that has been instrumental in my reading life, but a book that has stuck with me, even though I’ve only read it once, is Evolution by Stephen Baxter. I should probably read it again. Wait a minute, here’s a taste of non-fiction that I just thought of! It’s another book I’ve read multiple times and would read again: Dear Mom, I’m Alive–Letters Home from Blackwidow 25 by Randolph Mains. And, of course, Catcher in the Rye was important to me too, but Good Times, Bad Times, by James Kirkwood, may have had an even greater impact on me at the time. (I guess I can’t follow rules, but I had to mention more than five books. Please don’t let me come back and add to this or I surely will!)

I am a mix of contradictions: a combination of creative/neurotic type and Marine Corps NCO. I truly love being lost in a good book, and I love being lost singing a song. https://www.facebook.com/TheHelperNovel/


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.

Christopher H. reads… #carolinareads

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.


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.