My guest this week is the amazingly talented Caitlin Kittredge
whose debut book Night Life left me wanting more
. Well my wait is nearly over because book two in the Nocturne City series, Pure Blood
, is due out this week and I have had my copy on pre-order for a few months.
I want to thank Caitlin
for taking the time to answer my questions and to wish her a happy release week!
If you are interested in winning a really cool prize then read through the interview and make it to the end to find out what Caitlin
is giving away and how to enter.
Amber - Thank you so much for being a guest here on Amberkatze's Book Blog! Can you start things off by telling my readers a little bit about your 'Nocturne City' books?
Caitlin - The Nocturne City novels follow Luna Wilder, a werewolf homicide detective who always seems to end up embroiled in supernatural crime whether she likes it or not. Nocturne City is a dangerous place, but Luna can be dangerous herself, so they're a match made in heaven.
Amber - Night Life
came out in March and Pure Blood
is released in a couple of days. Was it hard getting two books completed and ready to go in such a short time?
Caitlin - Not really, if you want the honest answer. I write pretty fast when I'm in the groove and stuff like copyedits, page proofs and the like...you just have to bite the bullet and whip them out, even if they're not the most exciting things on earth.
Amber - With the second book in the series out this week what else can we expect from the 'Nocturne City' series? Are there more to come?
Caitlin - There are three more books contracted right now, and I feel confident in saying that each of the three takes Luna to some new and unexpected places and that the cast of upcoming characters has to be seen to be believed. Things are just going to get worse for our heroine. (I like to say I graduated from the Jim Butcher School of Character Torture--poor Harry Dresden never gets a break either.)
Amber - Your first book Night Life
had alot of different paranormal creatures on offer. Why paranormal? Do you have a favourite paranormal creature?
Caitlin - I love the unseen and the unexplained, and I always loved thinking about how it would manifest in the real world, so that lead me to writing urban fantasy pretty naturally. I really do love shapeshifters, hence why I made my heroine a were-creature, but I just like paranormal as a whole, so I can't pick a favorite.
Amber - Nocturne City is a fictional place...but is it based on anywhere in particular? Where did you get the idea?
Caitlin - I decided to use a fictional city because there was no real-world city that was quite what I needed for a story setting. Nocturne is based on Seattle, Boston and San Francisco, which are my favorite US cities. If you're a native, you can definitely pick out the references.
Amber - Are you like any of your characters? Are they based on people you know?
Caitlin - I'm really not, and I'm glad of that! My characters all have a lot of problems, sometimes of the life-and-death variety. Certain elements of Luna's personality come from me, but she more came from my desire to have a strong female heroine who wasn't a raving bitch or a cardboard tough girl who'd fold up the minute an alpha male came along. I'd been having a hard time finding a protagonist who behaved like a real person, so I wrote Luna. Certain supporting cast members are based on real people, but I'm not telling!
Amber - Do you have any other projects you are working on or want to tell us about?
Cailtlin - I have two new series coming out in 2009--the Black London volumes, which are a much darker, spookier take on urban fantasy and the Icarus Project series, which I co-wrote with Jackie Kessler. That one is superhero fiction.
Amber - What books do you like to read when you have time? Do you have any favourite authors?
Caitlin - I love Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, and I get a lot of free books from my publisher, so my TBR stack is always huge. I don't do a lot of re-reads, and when I do, they tend to be classics...I have an H.P. Lovecraft collection that's well-loved.
Amber - Alot of writers have playlists in their books. Are there any particular songs/artists that you associate with your books?
Caitlin - As a matter of fact, the Nocturne City books are the only ones that don't have a specific playlist. I designed a mix for each of my other projects to help me get in the mood. It tends to be stuff I already listen to, and artists that have a touch of the macabre or the fantastic in their work are a plus. I end up putting on a lot of Nick Cave, early David Bowie, things like that.
Amber - How did you get into writing? Was it something you always wanted to do?
Caitlin - I think I got into writing because of Nancy Drew. I ADORED the Nancy Drew books as a wee sprog and I never lost that desire to immerse myself in a story, but as I got older, I wasn't finding things that I wanted to read. (The YA market, even five years ago, was nowhere near the size it is now.) So I started to write at about age 13, really, REALLY terrible science fiction, but fortunately no one has ever read that first novel. I think it would cause ocular bleeding.
Amber - What kind of atmosphere do you need when you are writing? Any little touches that help eg. coffee, chocolate, silence....etc
Caitlin - I don't really need a particular atmosphere--one of the tricks of the successful writer is adaptability. I've written in airports, coffee shops, the car (when someone else was driving), but when I'm at home I tend to sit either at the desk or on the office sofa, and I do like a cup of strong tea to keep me alert and save me from making too many typos. I usually have music or the TV on softly to provide some background noise...a bit of distraction actually helps me focus.
Amber - If you got stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
Caitlin - Seriously? Waterproof matches, an axe and iodine tablets. Not so seriously? A bikini, a sun umbrella and a great beach book.
Caitlin has been extremely generous and is giving away one copy of Night Life
and one copy of the new release Pure Blood
both signed!!! She has also said that she will throw in a few other goodies for the winner! I just wish I could enter...
To enter this contest make a comment on this thread telling me what books did you read when you were younger? or what books got you interested in reading?
No comment with an answer, no entry!
Earn yourself an extra entry by posting about this contest somewhere on the web! Don't forget to post a link so I know where you posted!
The contest is open till Sunday 31st August 4pm CET. You need to check in and see if you won and if the winner doesn't claim the prize within 7 days I will draw another winner.
Good luck to everyone!!
Labels: Author Interviews, Caitlin Kittredge, Contests
posted by Amber Katze at Sunday, August 24, 2008 |
At 24 August 2008 at 09:28, Cathy
I've always loved to read, and was a huge Nancy Drew fan too. Some of my early favorites that determined my love of romance were The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Mary Stewart's books, as well Georgette Heyer and Mary Cartland.
At 24 August 2008 at 09:39, Katie
I read a lot as a child. The one book I vividly recall is "The Phantom Tollbooth." It is a great story about a boy who travels to another world.
Thanks for the interview!!!
At 24 August 2008 at 09:55, Jackie
I can't remember which books started it for me, but I remember reading EB White's Charlotte's Web all the time. My parents had to buy me another copy since mine was getting to worn.
When I was 13ish, I found my mother's romance books and somehow got hooked.
And seriously, do you think I haven't posted about your interview yet? :) It's up there (or will be in the next few minutes)
At 24 August 2008 at 10:02, Pike
I have and already read Night Life. Can't wait to see if Luna starts to get a handle on her furry side. I'm definitely looking forward to Pure Blood. That and the Icarus Project. Grew up on comics so it's only natural to indulge in hero novels.
At 24 August 2008 at 10:19, Janicu
You know, I keep picking up Night Life at the bookstore and then putting it back down as I think about the size of my TBR... Sigh. Count me in!
At 24 August 2008 at 10:21, Janicu
Oh and yeah, when I was younger the books I read were Nancy Drew, books about horses, and The Famous Five. Then I graduated to Judy Blume.
At 24 August 2008 at 10:23, Pike
Doh! Didn't read the comment rules.
I read some Hardy Boys and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but the books I gobbled up as a tweener was the Destroyer and Executioner series. I know, awful violent for a kid but I couldn't get enough of the gun-toting, martial art action.
At 24 August 2008 at 10:28,
I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I reread that alot when I was little. I also read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books.
I have Night Life on my TBR pile and Pure Blood preordered but it would be nice to win signed books!
At 24 August 2008 at 10:58, cheesygiraffe
Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Judy Blume books, Beverly Clearly books, and Stephen King's earlier works.
The series sounds great, Caitlin. I LOVE werewolves! *drool*
At 24 August 2008 at 11:13, Susan B.
I started reading anything with horses but especially The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. Then I found Romance books when I was 13 started with Johanna Lindsey & she is still one of my all time favorites.
Paranormal now is one of my favorites with werewolves at the top!!!!!
sbussey AT windstream.net
At 24 August 2008 at 11:26, katayoun
c.s. lewis narnia books, and i was just young enough to love them without being put off by the moralizing tone. nancy drews, i loved that girl. and any enid blyton that i could find, the something seven and the something five series, i loved them and my teacher not really liking them and thinking them advocating bad manner just added to the pleasure! :)
At 24 August 2008 at 12:18, blueviolet
I started with great ones like Frances and Frog and Toad. I moved to Nancy Drew and read all of those and then I think I read everything by Roald Dahl over and over. My favorite book as a child was "James and the Giant Peach." I read that so many times! I've always loved reading!
At 24 August 2008 at 13:46, tetewa
I used to read all the books by V. C. Andrews, loved Flowers in the Attic. I also read Nancy Drew but preferred the Hardy Boys.
At 24 August 2008 at 14:35, Kimberly
I read Archie Comics all the time when I was younger. I remember eating at the kitchen table with an Archie Digest propped open by my cereal bowl. I was also hooked on Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club series.
At 24 August 2008 at 16:12, Estella
I grew up reading my Dad's Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour books. When I was around 13 i discovered Brbra Cartland and Mary Stewart.
At 24 August 2008 at 16:49, Tasha
My parents have read to me since I was a wee baby....Dr. Seuss was a favourite.... When I got older I read Nancy Drew, Hardy boys, R.L. Stine, Sweet Valley High....When I was about 9 I started reading my mom's books. I started with Jean M. Auel. Now I am a cheesy romance addict, and I love it! I do read some fantasy/sci-fi.
At 24 August 2008 at 17:10, Cherie J
I have loved reading from being a small child and having my mom read to me. One of my favorite books from that time was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I also loved Dr. Seuss. As I got older and could start reading on my own I got into reading mysteries. I enjoyed the nacy Drew books and then I also got into Phyllis A. Whitney's books. As I got to my preteen years I added on Harlequin books and then Silhouette.
At 24 August 2008 at 19:17, windycindy
The earliest memories I have of reading are my "Nancy Drew" and "Hardy Boy" books. I would appreciate being entered in your book drawing. Thanks very much! Cindi
At 24 August 2008 at 20:33, Night critter
My parent's read to me as a baby, and when I was around 4yrs old I started reading Dr Seuss and Richard Scary books. I was hooked and became a voracious reader; I would read anything I could get my hands on.
At 24 August 2008 at 21:00, Kimberly B.
I think that Freaky Friday and the Pippi Longstocking books were among the first novels I read. My favorite author as a kid was Zilpha Keatley Snyder, who is perhaps best known for The Egypt Game. Our library had an autographed copy of one of her books, and I thought that was the most exciting thing ever!
At 24 August 2008 at 21:18, Katherine E. Hazen
When I was young I read a lot of the Babysitters Club and Boxcar Children books. Then I went through a phase for five or six years where I couldn't finish any books I picked up. What started my ravenous reading habits were Austen and fantasy (my boyfriend gave me Terry Goodkind as my first fantasy series) which I think explains a lot about my love of urban fantasy.
At 24 August 2008 at 21:25, Lori T
I have always loved reading. I had great parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who always read to me.
I loved reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, S.E. Hinton...The Outsiders was one of my favorites. I then found romance and I was hooked.
I am really looking forward to reading these and have heard such great things about them. I have really come to love urban fantasy and cannot seem to get enough of it.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
At 24 August 2008 at 21:28, Renee PW
The first book that comes to mind is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I wound up reading everything by her that I could lay my hands on. Other faves: Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
I enjoyed CK's Nightlife, and am looking forward to the second book!
At 24 August 2008 at 21:52,
I loved The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books as a kid. I also read my mother's romance novels when I was a teenager. I have loved to read almost as long as I have know how to read.
bbricke AT yahoo dot com
At 24 August 2008 at 21:54, Samantha
I remember being bedridden after a surgery in grade 2 and reading a Sweet Valley High novel, but other than that I think Babysitter's Club and Animorphs dominated til high school, then there was a total branching out. It was Kate Forsyth's Witches of Eileanan series that really got me into the fantasy scene, though. I reread them so much I had to buy a second set when the first set literally fell to pieces.
At 24 August 2008 at 22:08, Michelle
I started my life as a bookaholic with Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys which my mother had me in a book club were I received a new one every few weeks. I moved on to romance and suspense books a couple of years later and haven't stopped reading.
At 24 August 2008 at 22:10, annalisa
Books that I read when I was younger.....Nancy Drew, Annette, Trixie Beldon, Phillis A. Whitney, Mary Stewart, Emilie Loring, Ian Fleming's James Bond, Carrie by Stephen King, Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers, The Wolf and the Dove & The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Once I discovered romance books, I loved them. Can't quite remember which paranormal book got me hooked on paranormals, but I am so glad that there is such a variety published today. I would have to say that paranormals are my favorites. :)
At 24 August 2008 at 22:32, pussreboots
The books I read as a child included The Hobbit, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Beldon and Anne of Green Gables. As a teen I moved onto the Stainless Steel Rat series, Agatha Christie's mysteries, Mark Twain and Anne McCaffrey.
At 25 August 2008 at 00:31, morgaine77
When I was just a little girl, my grandma used to read to me; mostly books written by Enid Blyton. I continued reading them and was a great fan of "The famous Five", "Secret Seven" and the "Adventures"-Series. Later I read the Enid Blyton's girl-books (not sure what they are called in English?) "Dolly" and "Hanni & Nanni".
I was also really into horse books, especially Walter Farley's Black Stallion series.
At 25 August 2008 at 00:56, Carmen R
I didn't read many children's books while growing up, I mainly read Stephen King and Clive Barker which is what my grandmother read and had laying around. Maybe that's why I'm such an odd person now lol
At 25 August 2008 at 01:09, robynr
The first book I remember my mum ever reading to me was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, its still one of my favourites. My love of reading definately stems from that.
At 25 August 2008 at 01:12, Dawn M.
As a child I read Dr. Seuss & Berenstain Bears. Later it was Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Nancy Drew, Madeleine L'Engle & C.S. Lewis. Then as a teenager I read Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Loveswept romance novels, Mary Higgins Clark and Phyllis A. Whitney.
At 25 August 2008 at 03:04, DawnM
These sound good.
Earliest books I remember Enid Blyghton (?sp) Natch. More of a Famous Five fan. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Then I found Elinor M Brent-Dyer and the Chalet School books. Prob around the same time as I discovered Narnia and The Hobbit. Around 11 or so I found adventure books by Willard Price. Yes you've prob never heard of his books as I've never met anyone who has read them. But they must have been reasonably popular at that time because I never had any problems getting them from a bookshop. There was no Amazon back in those days.
At 25 August 2008 at 05:43, Tez Miller
The Baby-sitters Club, Sweet Valley (in its many incarnations), Nancy Drew, Virginia/V. C. Andrews...I was a trashmonger then ;-) And now...now I want to try the Gossip Girl series, if I can. In short: nothing's changed ;-)
Have bought Night Life, and am awaiting the rest to show up in Australia...
Have a lovely day! :-)
At 25 August 2008 at 06:23, c-alexis
I used to read and collect the series of the babysitters club and sweet valley twins. Those series started my love of reading now. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you. :)
At 25 August 2008 at 06:53, Verses_That_Hurt
when i was younger my favorite thing to read was Edgar Allen Poe. I had my parents buy a really expensive book with all his stories ans such. I also loved to read anything that was paranormal.
At 25 August 2008 at 07:17, rebekah
I started reading R.L. Stine in sixth grade. I tried his books beacuse We had the same initials. My name being Rebekah Leah Stine. It turns out that I love his mysteries. This was even before he wrote fearstreet or goosebumps. Then he change and started writting for younger kids and I just branched off from there and haven't stopped reading books since.
At 25 August 2008 at 07:41, CrystalGB
When I was a child I like the Berenstein Bears and the Richard Scary tales. As a teenager, I read Harlequin Presents and Silhouette Romances.
At 25 August 2008 at 08:56, Meljprincess
Oh, wow, when I was really young I read Nancy Drew, "Misty of Chincoteague" (over and over), and any book about Native Americans I could find. I've always loved reading. "Flame and the Flower" by Woodiwiss got me started on romance. That was in the 70's....
At 25 August 2008 at 09:43, bison61
I would walk by the library on my way home from school-I spent alot of time there, I love books. I also read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, I enjoyed mysteries
tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com
At 25 August 2008 at 10:35, Ruth Schaller
I was read to when I was younger and my family always bought me books. When I was younger, I started getting into all the horror and paranormal stuff. So I read the Fear Street series by RL Stine, then moved onto Stephen King and more. Now I'm all over the place with my reading, but I still prefer horror and the paranormal. Especially anything to do with vampires or ghosts.
Amber I see you enjoyed Me and My Ghoulfriends too! I loved that one. And I can't wait for more from her. Rose was interviewed over on my site: www.ruthiesbookreviews.blogspot.com
At 25 August 2008 at 11:28, Wendy
When I was younger, I always thought I was sneaking around the adults reading Grandma's harlequins - so grown up. I had to see what was going on in them! Over the years, my reading tastes have changed a bit. My favorite genre is now paranormal and thrillers, but I still love my romance mixed in with those two !
Great contest, and wonderful interview !!
At 25 August 2008 at 12:30, A Real Librarian
I was a huge Babysitters Club fan when I was younger. Those and the RL Stein horror books!
Great interview - and thanks for the contest!!!
At 25 August 2008 at 13:35, Sassy Mama Bear
Blogged about giveaway here ~> http://bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/2008/08/amberkatze-has-hot-giveaway.html
I started by reading Little House books, Roahld Dahl, and then quickly moved up to Kathleen woodwiss, V.C. Andrews & Stephen King. I love to read.
At 25 August 2008 at 14:36, Shooting Stars Mag
Oh gosh, I'd love to win these books. But lets see...I read a lot when I was younger (still do), but I can't think of the first book I read or anything you know? I know I loved the picture book The Rainbow Fish, and I got into the babysitter's club series and things of that nature...I read a lot of standalone stories from the library and whatnot of course as well.
At 25 August 2008 at 14:41, Deirdre
I was always a reader as a kid - my mother used to give us books for Christmas. The ones that stick in my mind were Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers and St Clair's Series; the Chronicles of Narnia (the subtext make me less fond of them these days but I almost read them to bits) and L M Montgomery's Anne of Green Gable series (which I really should rescue one of these days)
The books that started me reading fantasy and SF were Andre Norton's Witch World series and Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, a loan from a neighbour.
At 25 August 2008 at 15:23, Janel
I was also a Nancy Drew fan. I also loved the Little House on the Prairie series and continued to collect Laura Ingalls Wilder's work as an adult.
At 25 August 2008 at 16:53, Book Spot
I've been thinking about and thinking about getting Night Life for the longest time...and her next books sound absolutely great, too :)
When I was younger I never did read Nancy Drew books but I did read the Boxcar Kids (or whatever exactly they were called) books and those Goosebumps books (by RL Stein, right?)
At 26 August 2008 at 00:28, LadyVampire2u
To be honest I started reading at a very young age and my father taught me using his old Spiderman comic books. But after comics I graduated to books. Started with young kid tiles and/or the Serendipity series and moved on to Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books too.
At 26 August 2008 at 00:43, danetteb
I read a lot of Dr.Sues and Disney books. My mom had signed up for many book clubs. As I got older reading fizzled a bit for me until I had my first child nine years ago. I picked up a paranormal romance and got my reading addiction back :)
At 26 August 2008 at 00:47,
As a kid I loved reading comic books and still do. Loved reading R.L. Stein. And I fell in love with Animorphs.
Can't wait to read Pure Blood!
At 26 August 2008 at 04:43, Shelbycat
I've always read for as far back as i can remember. The first book i can definately remember reading was The Hobbit when i was about 7. I really loved Sweet Valley High & Nancy Drew books, i used to save up my 20ps and get a stamp from the school book shop saving scheme then when i had enough money i'd buy a book. I still have loads of my old books from childhood but i've never re-read them because there are always too many more books to read!
At 26 August 2008 at 06:15, Stephanie
I was hooked on books from the very beginning when I learned how to read Dr. Seuss's Fox in Socks. I started reading thicker books after meeting Ken Thomasma, thinking he was a pretty neat guy, and reading all of his historical books about Native American children one summer. Later I got completely obsessed with all those horse books.
Thanks for the interview!
At 26 August 2008 at 12:42, Wendy
I started reading books about witches and ghost in Middle school, I was fascinated by the paranormal and that's how my love for all things spookie - especially books - was born. :)
At 26 August 2008 at 18:52, RachaelfromNJ
I've always read books even when I was very young. My favorite books from my teenage years was:
Sweet Valley High
I see alot of people mentioned some of the same books. Does anyone remember the Babysitter's Club movies?
''Say hello to your friends...Babysitter's Club...'' Loved the song! LOL
At 26 August 2008 at 23:12, ReadingIsSoMuchFun
Hi Caitlyn, great interview :-) I enjoy learning more about a new to me author. I look forward to reading your books they sound great and I love the covers very nice :-)
I use to read Sweet Valley High, Baby sitter's Club, Dr. Seuss's books and more but can't think of them all now LoL.
I have pimped about the interview & contest on my blog over at http://readingissomuchfun.blogspot.com/
At 26 August 2008 at 23:12, Caffey
Oh both these books I'm off to get this weekend. I love urban fantasy series and always looking for more!!
Some I loved to read as a teen were:
Most I read where anything I could grab. I know I read more but there were less series out then, and more single titles. My son tho, loves series and reads so many of them even as a young adult now! They are fun to look forward to!
At 26 August 2008 at 23:19, ranata
As a kid, I pretty much read as much as I could. I read Bunnicula and Little Bear. I went on to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Pippie Longstocking. I even read Jurassic Park just for fun even though my class didn't have to do that assigment. Loved Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine as well as the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I asked my godparents for that one.
I'm really into paranormal and vampires right now but again, I am very versatile in what I will read. I love series and I love authors that can really create a world for their characters that is believeable.
I don't know where I'd be if I hadn't of started reading at an early age. Books rock.
At 27 August 2008 at 06:42, Daelith
Thank you for the interview!
Reading through these post has brought back a lot of memories. I used to read anything that had to do with horses. I was a horse nut when I was little.
I also read:
Anne McCaffrey's Pern books - started my fascination with dragons with the Dragon Singer trilogy.
At 27 August 2008 at 09:35, Kathy
It seems that I've always read, so I can't remember one specific book. I liked the Trixie Beldon series and the Newberry award books.
At 27 August 2008 at 10:42,
Some of my favorite books as a kidlet were My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins (I guess I had a fantasy of getting away and living on my own, which I did at 16)The Secret Garden, all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, the Homer Price series, Kon-Tiki (more for my escape fantasy!)the Hiroshima Diary, and many many more I can't recall by name at the moment. By 4th grade I had read every book in our school library and was starting to read books from the Library where my Dad was a professor. Nowdays I read everything except Mathmatic textbooks! At this exact moment I'm reading Predator by Patricia Cornwell.
At 27 August 2008 at 10:48, gecko4ever
I always read as a child (it was my form of escape from my home life) but the book that really did it for me was "Jennie" by Paul Gallico. And I have been fortunate enough to have found a copy of the book on Bookcrossing. My daughter will be able to read the book that started my love of reading.
I read Night Life and enjoyed it. It was fast enough to keep my interest and that is what I like about reading. I can't wait to read Pure Blood.
My daughter is now into this genre and brings all the YA books home so I can enjoy those too!
At 28 August 2008 at 05:08, MsValerie
Wow! In thinking about this, I realize I've been a glommer since I started to read!
VERY young--4 years old: Anything by A.A. Milne. I learned to read with "Winnie the Pooh."
As I got a little older, during elementary school, I was passionate about mythology, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and then anything about witches (guess I was into paranormals even then).
Just before puberty, I discovered Victoria Holt's books, and THEN I found my mother's hidden copy of "The Story of O."
I can see now that I was destined to read hot paranormals and contemporary romances.
At 28 August 2008 at 05:16, Margay
I read Go Ask Alice, Lisa, Bright and Dark, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, The Diary of Anne Frank and lots of Harlequin and Silhouette romances.
At 28 August 2008 at 10:15, Judi - Sidhe Vicious
Hmmm... let's see. The Nancy Drew series, the Trixie Belden series, the Choose Your Own Adventure series, VC Andrews series, the Little House On the Prarie series, and the two books that really stuck with me are Where The Red Fern Grows and I Am David.
At 28 August 2008 at 12:23, Inara
I think I started to read as soon as I could spell the first letters..lol
And of course I started to read german books (english was out of question that time) like "Die kleine Hexe" (The little witch), "Das kleine Gespenst" (The little ghost). You see I was addicted to the paranormal genre even as a small child.. and it didn´t change...
At 28 August 2008 at 13:11, Hagelrat
I fell in love with books before i could read. I'd sit in her chair while she stalked around the room bringing "The Lady of Shallot" to life, or she;d read me Black Beauty in the bath and we both cried when Ginger died. I was impatient to be able to read for myself.
At 29 August 2008 at 07:54, Joanne (NeedSun)
Yikes, I can't remember what books started me reading. I know I read all the Nancy Drew books and my older sister's magazines were a forbidden pleasure when I was aound eight and she was thirteen.
This was a great interview. Thank you.
At 29 August 2008 at 16:33, Patricia
Like so many I read the Nancy Drew books. I also read science fiction like Asimov's Foundation series. I loved history and Mara, Daughter of the Nile was the first historical novel I read.
Books saved me!
At 30 August 2008 at 19:01,
Once I had taught myself to read at the age of 4, I wanted to know more! I knew there was something more to the world than what I was being told.
So, off to my local library I went and found a place full of love, war, information, fun, languages and so many other things I knew it would take more than one life to fulfull my wish to know absolutely everything I've ever wanted to know. But I knew one thing for sure: books were the very first things to begin with; the basis the raw materials that we need to start off with our education. Where we go from there is up to us.
Books are now my passion. I collected them, I devour them, I savour them, I love them. They are my life and love and without them I would not be able to breath for they are my air that I inhale, they are eternally there when I am lonely, need a laugh, they make me cry and think too.
Reading is my life, I can't live without it.
At 30 August 2008 at 22:11,
Reading books is my passion since I have been a teenager.
The Nancy Drew series, The Naughtiest Girl series, Trixie Belden series and the Chose Your Own Adventures got me started reading.
At 31 August 2008 at 02:17, Caffey
I so was into Little House books! I remember wanting to find every one of them (and even going back to the library a couple of years ago and seeing the book on display and picking it up and reading it in a sitting again!)
Too I loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! I was teased because I read the Hardy Boys alot! Then High School I loved reading Victoria Holt and her gothic books! I used to keep a checklist of every book she wrote and checked off when I read them. Makes me want to go back and re-read!
At 1 September 2008 at 18:06, Just.Me
I started reading Stephen King in Middle School and fell in love with reading. I always loved murder mystery bo and still continue to read them today!