What do children’s writers and illustrators read in their spare time? In this series of interviews with B.C. book folks, we discuss everything from guilty reading pleasures to the best literary villains. If you’d like to share some favourites of your own, please leave a comment!
What books are on your end table right now?
I have a huge TBR pile. Crush. Candy. Corpse by Sylvia McNicoll; What Is Real by Karen Rivers; Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen; Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann; Incarnate by Jodi Meadows; And I shall Have Some Peace There by Margaret Roach; Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel; The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal; The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon; Show Dog by Josh Dean; Wild Ride by Bob Mayer/Jennie Crusie.
What is best – hardcover, soft cover or e-book?
Hard cover for the gym (they prop well against the elliptical), soft cover for the bath (easy to hold), e-book for travel (I can take lots).
Who’s your favorite literary hero?
I can’t say she’s my favorite but she’s one of the most memorable – Jane Whitefield in the Thomas Perry novels. She hides people who are being pursued by powerful enemies. I love the Native American angle and the fast pace. Great escapism and a compelling heroine.
If you could have dinner with three writers or illustrators who would you choose?
Paulo Coelho, Paula Danziger and Jodi Picoult.
Do you have a guilty reading pleasure?
No. I’ll read anything that appeals; no apologies, ever.