June 10th, 2006

Fringe, contemplative, swing

Book Background

I'm very pleased that this little blog of mine has been getting more attention recently. I feel as though it is has been reaching a wider audience now that I am posting more not only more frequently, but with an emphasis on fiction. Thanks to the Internet, especially LiveJournal and MySpace, I've been able to interview authors I admire and get in contact with other book bloggers. I am always happy to talk about books.

So who am I? I am an actress. I am a singer and a songwriter. I am a dancer and a choreographer. I am a writer. I am a freelance journalist, publicist, and webdesigner. I am a director and a playwright. I am a bookseller. I am a reader and a viewer. I am a daughter and a sister. I am a cat owner. I value literacy and I value communication, so I love many forms of storytelling. I enjoy books. I enjoy plays, television, and films. I love musicals. I love music.

A recent email inspired the remainder of this post.

I have been reading since the age of 2.

I read very quickly. I always have. Teachers did not believe that I could read an entire book in one class period, but I did. I read an average of one new book a day, more if the titles are juvenile or young adult.

My areas of book expertise are literature, classics, children's classics, contemporary children's books, and contemporary teen novels. My favorite genres are dramatic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery.

My favorite novelist is Christopher Golden. He has written over a hundred books. I admire him for many reasons. He has accomplished what I hope to accomplish: write for various genres, ages, and types of media, and write well. My favorite Golden books are Body Bags, the first in the Body of Evidence mystery series, and The Boys are Back in Town, a horror novel that twists memories and time travel like nobody's business.

For a book to be on my list of all-time favorites, it has to be intelligent and well-written. If it is a fantasy, it must be imaginative. If it is dramatic fiction, it must be realistic. My favorite classic novels are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the Anne of Green Gables octet by L.M. Montgomery, The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. The most contemporary titles on my favorites list, in addition to the Golden books I mentioned earlier, are The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I list my favorite books, songs, authors, films, and more at my website Your Girl on my sources of inspiration page. My list of favorite books is also posted at Amazon Listmania!

My non-fiction interests are extremely geeky. I enjoy researching Ancient Egypt (yes, I like to read hieroglyphs) and I have a lot of interest in the history of and advances in mathematics and science. I also have contributed non-fiction articles and essays to newspapers and books. I still get excited every time an article of mine is published.

I cannot wait until my own novels, plays, and scripts are published and performed. Someday. Someday. I'm working on it.

GottaBook asked folks to post five reasons why they blog. Here are five from me:
  1. To share my love of reading
  2. To encourage literacy (to encourage others to read in general)
  3. To encourage others to read books I love
  4. To support amazing authors
  5. Because I love when people ask me for book recommendations!

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