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Bookworm Interview: Jonathan Robertson

Want to get to know the BiblioSmiles contributors? Read below to find out more about Jonathan!

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Q: Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:

I’m a filmmaker in New York. I like The Rockford Files and I listen to a lot of Elvis Costello and Warren Zevon.

Q: What books did you love as a child?:

I learned to read from comic books. My grandfather owned a comic shop in New Jersey in the 80s, and when he closed it in the early 90s, he kept all of his leftover stock, which was about 5,000 books. He wanted to sell them off, but never got around to it, so throughout my childhood, there was always a basement full of comics to read, which he arranged into a mini-comic shop, just for me.

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Q: What kinds of books do you love now?

I started reading Raymond Chandler when I was in high school, and that got me going on a crime fiction kick that’s never really slowed down. From Chandler, I went for Dashiell Hammett, which led to George V. Higgins and Elmore Leonard, plus Erle Stanley Gardner, Jim Thompson, Lawrence Block… Great googly moogly, the list goes on and on.

Extra special shout out to Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker books. Those are some beautiful graphic novels!

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Q: Where’s your favorite place to sit down and read?

Sitting across the couch, probably with my feet up.

Q: Do you set any goals for yourself as a reader?

I try to not read the same authors over and over again. I love finding new ones and old ones that I’ve never encountered before. Just listening to recommendations and wandering through book stores has led me to find things like The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard and A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin.

Q: Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? What was that like?

I met Werner Herzog when he was signing Conquest of the Useless. He makes these awe-inspiring, bleak, and often brutal films, but he was so humble and sincere. It was a fantastic experience.

Q: How do you mark your place in a book?

Dog eared pages or the flap of a dust jacket.

Q: What books are you on your “must read” list?

52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog, Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez, Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Q: Here’s a famous question: if you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Where would you go, and what would they order for dinner?

Tough one… Part of me says “Hemingway,” but I feel like we’d spend the whole meal drinking grappa and talking about him (and he didn’t exactly have a sense of humor, particularly about himself…).

So I think I’d have to go with Elmore Leonard. He always spoke so frankly about writing and the writing process – I’ve always admired his honesty. It’s reflected in his writing as well – there’s nothing extemporaneous in his prose.
We’d hang out, probably in Detroit, at a Tigers game, which means beer and hot dogs all around. I don’t even know if we’d talk about books, but I’m sure it’d be a nice time.

Q: What’s your favorite post you’ve written for BiblioSmiles? What’s your favorite post that someone else has written?

I wrote a piece about books not matching their cinematic counterparts, and how that should be expected and even celebrated – you can read it here.

And I’m a sucker for the Anatomy of a Bookshelf series. I love getting a glimpse into someone’s personality via their bookshelf.

Jonathan Robertson is a New York based filmmaker who will never be as cool as Steve McQueen. And that crushes him. But he still tries. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @itsjonrobertson for musings on film, literature, and occasionally Mexican food.

Interview: The Book Bratz

(Editor’s Note: I’m so pleased to have the co-hosts of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour here on BiblioSmiles today: Amber and Jessica of The Book Bratz! I want to thank them for creating this awesome opportunity for book bloggers to “meet” each other and share our thoughts and experiences with one another. They stopped by to answer some questions about book blogging with a best friend.  Check out their answers below and then stop by their blog and say hi!)

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Thank you so much for running the Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your blog, The Book Bratz?

Jessica: Absolutely! Amber and I have been blogging together for over a year now, but that isn’t where our friendship started. We met at five years old and have been good friends for a long time that bond over their mutual love of books. I actually started the blog with Amber and just did it as a fun pastime. I never expected that I’d change my whole life plan – but I did! Now I’m going to be going to college to work in the publishing industry – that’s how awesome this has all been. Working with The Book Bratz showed me what I really want to do with my life, and I love it.

Amber: Blogging isn’t a pass time for me anymore. It is a job. I spend more hours a week working on the blog then I do at my actual job! The Book Bratz is a YA book blog (with a few NA reviews thrown in time to time) that started off for fun because we were bored high school girls.

You’ve been friends for a long time. How has running a blog together been for your friendship?

Jessica: It’s been great! I think that because we both are friends outside of the internet world, we get a lot more done. We spend all day talking and texting about new blog ideas, and we’re always discussing something having to do with The Book Bratz (and our other friends are starting to get sick of it, LOL). We have a great working dynamic and everything works out perfectly.

Amber: In all honestly it brought us closer. In high school it is hard to keep in touch with someone if you don’t seem them everyday. Jessica is an AP student and I am in regular classes so ours paths rarely cross, texting everyday about what is next on the blog and just random things keeps us close. I can literally tell Jessica anything.

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Do you each have different duties on The Book Bratz?

Jessica: Somewhat! We both write reviews, but I’m super-organized so I’m usually the one Tweeting the links each day, sending out emails, and keeping up with the archives. Amber’s definitely the bigger galley reader, because I despise reading ebooks and she loves it, so I usually read the physical ARCs and she deals with Netgalley and EW. She’s also really good with HTML and computers so all of the blog designs are her doing!

Amber: Pretty much what Jessica said! She also keeps me organized because I am not an orderly person at all!

What are your goals as bloggers?

Jessica: My personal goal is to be successful. The Book Bratz grows every single day and gains more popularity and followers, and it makes me so happy. I love being able to just attend book events and say I work at The Book Bratz and to hear some people say back, “Oh, I read your blog!” It’s such a wonderful feeling and my goal is for that to keep happening. I want The Book Bratz to become one of those big blogs that all of the blogging newbies look up to.

Amber: Me and Jessica have the same mind. I swear. She is stealing all of my answers.

What are some of your favorite blogging-related memories? A fun event you got to attend? An advanced copy of a book you got to read?

Jessica: My favorite blog-related memory was actually pretty sad, in retrospect. It was way back when we first started blogging, and Amber and I were talking and she was all disappointed and worried that the blog was going to be a flop because we didn’t have many followers or much blog traffic. I distinctly remember telling her that I know that things would get better, and that the blog would grow by leaps and bounds. Shortly after, it started happening, and I was right. 🙂 A fun event we got to attend was definitely BookCon these past two years. We get tons of books and meet tons of authors and blogger friends – it’s so awesome! And my favorite ARC that I got to read would definitely be Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Thanks, HarperTeen!).

Amber: My favorite memory? Forgetting to finish my half of a post and it posting. Then the 6 am text were we are scrambling to take it down. It has happened more often then we like to admit. Fun event? BookCon! Favorite ARC? That is a hard one. I really can’t answer that!

What’s your favorite part about the book blogosphere?

Jessica: All of the other bloggers! Running The Book Bratz has made us meet so many awesome blogger friends, online and in person. It’s a great experience!

Amber: Everyone is so supportive of each other! You can tweet that you are having a bqad day and fifteen people will tweet you back with hugs and stuff. It’s great!

If you could give some advice to aspiring book bloggers, what would you want them to know?

Jessica: If you’re debating whether or not to run a book blog, I highly advise you to do it. It’s the most fantastic experience you will ever encounter. You learn how to be professional, work with publishers and authors, and you also meet tons of new friends and form relationships that will extend beyond the Internet. 🙂

Amber: I agree to everything Jessica said but also: It is like a full time job. You need to have time to be able to dedicate yourself to writing blog posts and getting things done on time.

Finally, my favorite question: if you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?

Jessica: Oooh, this is a good one! I’d have to say Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska because she sounds like a total bada** and we have the same ideas about certain topics. Plus, I’d like to find out what happened to her.

Amber: Roth from The Dark Elements series. I would love to be able to chat him up for a while!

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Amber & Jessica (The Book Bratz) are both high school girls and longtime good friends. They started The Book Bratz back in 2014 and spent all of their free time reading and fangirling about books. Some of their favorite activities include reading, writing, sleeping, eating, and texting (duh). Today, The Book Bratz and its followers have grown tremendously and they’re super excited to be the co-hosts of the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour! Drop on by to www.thebookbratz.blogspot.com and say hi – it’s always a good time!

Bookworm Interview: Alyson Lopez

Want to get to know more about the BiblioSmiles contributors? Read below to find out all about Alyson

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Q: Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:

My name is Alyson, and I don’t have a middle name or a nickname. I’m about to embark on my last semester of grad school and I’m a first year middle school science teacher. I’m a total science nerd, because duh. I love fashion from growing up in New York City and I’m always making ambitious plans, usually influenced by the book I’m reading, and it usually involves traveling.

But really, almost nothing makes me happier though than a good story that I can completely lose myself in, no matter the medium (photography, books, movies, blogs, TV shows, etc.) I enjoy living in a bubble with my head in the clouds.

Q: What books did you love as a child?

The entire Magic Tree House series started my love for reading and books. After that I devoured every fantasy story I could get my hands on. Elantris and The Inheritance Cycle were teenage favorites.

Q: What kinds of books do you love now?

I used to browse the fantasy/fiction section of Barnes and Noble, flipping through books until I found something I liked but then I found YA from a little quote on Tumblr that introduced me to John Green and Looking for Alaska. I’m sure some readers know the quote I’m talking about. I didn’t realize YA was the genre I loved until I started to really look at the books I loved and the ones I was starting to pick up.

I’m also trying to reconnect with my roots because I feel pretty white-washed. I’m Puerto Rican and Dominican but barely speak Spanish and as the years go on I lose touch with more and more of my roots. So aside from YA I also love stories I can relate to (let’s face it I’m not a teenager anymore); authors like Junot Diaz, and Raquel Cepeda seem to really understand that weird identity of being Dominican but growing up in NY, unlike our parents who don’t get it because they’re straight from the island.

So all in all, identity stuff and romance.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to sit down and read?

The train or Barnes and Noble. When living at home my commutes have always been long (1.5 hours for middle school, 1 hour for high school, 2 hours for summer classes in college). I like having having a long stretch of time disconnected from the rest of the world when I’m able to just get sucked into a story. If I don’t have as book I’ll just sleep on the train, and that’s way more boring.

Q: Do you set any goals for yourself as a reader?

I just want to read more. I read 27 books in 2014! Definitely a record for me.

Q: Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? What was that like?

No, but at BookCon this past year I saw John Green in the TFIOS panel and I pretty much died. I’m really bad about taking advantage of living in NYC when it comes to meeting authors. I’ve had lots of opportunities but never acted on them.

Q: How do you mark your place in a book?

Any which way. For a while after my best friend and I traveled to LA as my college graduation gift to myself I used used a bookmark from The Last Bookstore. But honestly I dog-ear my pages, or use what I can find, or sometimes I just try to memorize the last page I was up to. I’m pretty lax about it.

Q: What books are you on your “must read” list?

To Goodreads!
There’s like 40 books on my Goodreads “to read” list. So I’m not gonna go through all of that.

I’m into Gayle Forman right now, so since I finished If I Stay and Where She Went, I’m due to read Just One Day, Just One Year, and Sisters in Sanity.

I’m also slated to read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown for a book club I’m in.

Q: Here’s a famous question: if you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Where would you go, and what would they order for dinner?

Junot Diaz or Raquel Cepeda. They’re both living, and I would just love to talk to them about how they found their identity and became comfortable finding that balance between the culture you’re from and the culture you live in now. I’d love to go to the Heights for some Dominican food and order the whole menu for us to share. Haha.

Q: What’s your favorite post you’ve written for BiblioSmiles? What’s your favorite post that someone else has written?

Let’s face it, I’m terrible at writing posts, but I’m pretty good at Instagram! I really liked the photo showing my fork as a bookmark on Thanksgiving. I laughed at myself for that. I really love the Anatomy of a Bookshelf posts, and hope to include my own sometime soon!

Alyson Lopez is a middle school science teacher who enjoys reading YA, dressing up, pretending to be an adult, and the finer things in life, like watching TV in bed with no pants on. She’s finishing up grad school this May and cannot wait to be done with being a student. It blows.

Book Blog Life: Kayla Dean

[Editor’s Note: I’m so happy to welcome Kayla, the newest BiblioSmiles contributor, to the site! I hope you enjoy learning about her and her book blog. I look forward to seeing what Kayla shares with us next!]

Here’s what you should know about me: I’m Kayla, a college student who loves the written word. My favorite things to do are read and write, although I also love music and sightseeing.

Here’s what you should know about my blog: My Corner of the Library is a place for book lovers, writers, and bloggers to share their love of books and the written word.

Review of Atlantia by Ally CondieI’d say my reading taste is geared towards: YA novels and the classics. I especially like anything fantasy or paranormal, but also love a good contemporary novel. I love reading Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, and Ally Condie, but I love reading from a variety of authors and voices.

The first book I really, really loved is: I loved Thumbelina when I was younger, but I can’t remember exactly which book sparked my love of reading. Reading itself inspired me to love words.

A book that I’m not a fan of is: I don’t want to say! I am not a fan of books that don’t transport me. It frustrates me when books don’t pull me into the world, or they feature clichés, unrealistic plotlines, or bad boyfriends.

Familiar Things by Lia HabelMy favorite thing about book blogging is: Sharing my love of books with other people who have the same interests, blogging about my writing process, and showing the things that I think make writing awesome.

The book(s) that I’m looking forward to reading next: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. She is amazing, and her books are always good.

If I could have dinner with any book character, I would choose: That is a tough one. I like so many books, I don’t know if I have a favorite. If I had to choose, it would be one of Shakespeare’s characters – maybe Hamlet- because I like his beautiful soliloquies.

The best thing about reading is: Escaping to another world, but also learning lessons that teach us how to live better lives and better help other people. The stories that endure the most are the ones that impact us into the future.

Kayla Dean is a writer with a passion for words, books, and storytelling. She loves YA and the classics, and blogs encouragement for writers at her site kayladean.com.

Meet Taylor of Novels and Nail Polish

I’m so happy I stumbled upon Taylor’s blog, Novels and Nail Polish. It’s always exciting to see bookworms showcasing their dedication to the written word in new, unique ways. Fans of art, books, and beauty are sure to fall in love with Taylor’s nail designs, her friendly blogging voice, and her fun posts. Thanks for stopping by to answer some questions, Taylor!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetQ: Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m Taylor, a Southern California native who graduated a couple of years ago from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). I worked at Disneyland for 6 years, and now work at a PR Firm in Downtown LA doing social media for lifestyle, baby & kids and food & beverage clients. Obviously I love books and painting my nails, but also grew up in the musical theatre world, performing for anyone who would listen!

Q: Where did you get your idea for you blog, Novels and Nail Polish?
I’ve always been a huge reader. I was the kid in high school that read for fun and enjoyed the assigned books (except for Heart of Darkness)! And in college, I would paint my sorority sisters’ and my nails all the time for various events. At one point, as I was reading Looking for Alaska by John Green, I thought to myself, “I wonder what this would look like on my nails?” And the rest is history!

Q: Do you know right from the moment you see a book cover that you want to create nail art to go with it? Or does that decision happen after you finish a book?
It can really happen either way. I don’t do a manicure for every single book I read, so there has to be something special that inspires me, whether it be content or appearance. Sometimes I’m inspired by designs and shapes on the cover, while other times I gravitate toward themes and messages that the novel conveys. Even when it is thematically inspired, the colors of the book usually are the starting point for the manicure!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetQ: As a reader, what kind of books do you gravitate towards?
I naturally drift toward the YA section of Barnes & Nobles, whether it’s contemporary, dystopian or post-apocalyptic. I also enjoy a nice contemporary chick-lit or Dan Brown-esque suspense novel every once in a while!

Q: Are there any kinds of books you will NOT read?
I like to think I’m pretty open-mined when it comes to books, but one genre I don’t read very much of in general is romance. Nothing against it, I just like a little more action!

Q: Do you have any book recommendations for us?
If you’re up for a classic and a challenge, my favorite book of all time is Gone With The Wind! But if you’re looking for something a bit more modern, two of my favorite series right now are The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I was a Tour Guide at the Disneyland Resort for 6 years, so I adore anything Disney, and The Lunar Chronicles is a fantastic fairytale retelling series! The Grisha Trilogy is set in an incredible fictional world that I would love to be part of, and the heroine of the story is extremely well written!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetQ: If you could have dinner with a fictional character, who would you choose and why? And what would you guys eat?
Is it predictable if I pick someone from Harry Potter? 🙂 I’d love to order pizza with Dumbledore and listen to him talk about his life and experiences! The Wizarding World is definitely one of my favorites. Now, if we’re going for a fancy dinner party, I’d love to gossip over a cocktail with Scarlett O’Hara!

Q: I’m sure there are quite a few bookworms who’d love to sport your nail polish designs. Do you have any tips or tricks for beginner nail artists?
Don’t be afraid to experiment! So many times I’ve had an idea for a manicure that doesn’t end up looking good no matter how many times I try. And after polishing and removing three or four times, the design morphs into something I end up loving. Thankfully, nail polish is easy to remove and start over! Just keep practicing and scouring Pinterest for inspiration!

Q: How about some social media love? Where can we follow you on social media?
You can join me and my bookish nail polish adventures on Instagram (@NovelsandNailPolish), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/novelsandnailpolish), Twitter (@Taylor_Justine) or Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/NNPBlog/), and of course, read all about my designs on my blog Novels and Nail Polish!

Thanks for sharing your answers and photos with us, Taylor! Readers: have you ever attempted a book-centric manicure? What book do you think deserves some nail art?

Danielle Villano is the editor of BiblioSmiles, and you can visit her new writing website here.  Tweet @daniellevillano. 

Bookworm Interview: Izzy Skovira

Want to get to know the BiblioSmiles contributors? Read below to find out more about Izzy!

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Q: Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:

Everyone calls me Izzy, which is perfect for me because it’s a little spunky and so am I. The most important thing in my life is family; my parents are my biggest supporters and I don’t feel whole without my three siblings. I love reading but I sometimes wish I liked to read bigger, more distinguished works. I love to write bad poetry, watercolor, and write snail mail. I have a sweet tooth to be reckoned with and a tendency towards silliness. I try to be optimistic, but there’s two things I’m definitely hopeless about: nostalgia and romance.

littlemermaidQ: What books did you love as a child?

When I first began to read, I loved books that looked and sounded beautiful. I continually found myself turning the pages of The Little Mermaid—“Not Disney! The Hans Christian Andersen!” I loved and love this story because of its fantasy and its romance. I also loved the illustrations.
As I grew into a more mature reader, my tendency towards fantasy continued. I remember devouring Lemony Snickett’s Series of Unfortunate Events and Lynn Ewing’s Daughters of the Moon series. As a kid, I loved getting to stick with the same characters for a good amount of time and there was also a feeling of success when finishing one book and immediately knowing that there was another one waiting.
Through high school, I read fluff. I was busy chugging through Shakespeare and Shelley for English classes, so at home I books about boyfriends, proms, girl drama, and the like.

Q: What kinds of books do you love now?

A few of my childhood trends have followed me into my tentative adulthood as far as reading goes. I still love books that are beautifully crafted, whether that is in illustration, writing, or the physical object itself. I’m a sucker—yes, I totally judge books by their covers. I still love characters that feel like I can hold on to them. I haven’t read many series of late, but a lasting character still means a lot to me. Finally, I still like a novel to be a little bit fluffy. While I love something challenging every now and then, I definitely still gravitate towards easier, more leisurely reads. The last three books I’ve read are: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, A Short Guide to A Happy Life by Anna Quindlen, and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to sit down and read?

In an Adirondack chair, halfway down my driveway at home in Park Ridge, NJ. If you drive by, give me a wave!

Q: Do you set any goals for yourself as a reader?

I have an unwritten goal to constantly be reading something. This year, one of my resolutions was to read 100 books. Not sure how I’m doing on that…

Q: Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? What was that like?

I’ve hardly met any authors, let alone any of my favorite. To tell the plain truth, I have a tendency towards favorite books as opposed to favorite authors. I would, however, love to meet John Green. #fangirl

Q: How do you mark your place in a book?

I never, ever, ever dog ear pages. I also do not use book marks; instead, I stick in a piece of mail, a fortune cookie paper, a receipt from CVS. Whatever I have on hand.

Q: What books are you on your “must read” list?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Collective by Don Lee
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Kafka on the Shore by Murakami
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith

Q: Here’s a famous question: if you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Where would you go, and what would they order for dinner?

Ernest Hemingway because he’d be the most fun. We’d go for steaks and then out to a bar. He’d probably drink whiskey.

Q: What’s your favorite post you’ve written for BiblioSmiles? What’s your favorite post that someone else has written?

Ten Reasons Why Bookworm Life is Tough” was fun to write. I love the Anatomy of a Bookshelf posts because I’m infinitely curious about the intimacies of other people’s lives.

Izzy Skovira loves writing, dogs, food, and photography. Read more about her at izzyskovira.tumblr.com or connect @htothe_izzzo.

Bookworm Interview: Emily Verona

Want to get to know the BiblioSmiles contributors? Read below to find out more about Emily!

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Q: Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:

I have loved fiction for so long that I legitimately don’t know where or how it started. I remember being read to as a child and growing so fond of reading that I didn’t want to stop. When I thought that I’d run out of books that interested me, that is when I began writing my own.

Q: What books did you love as a child?

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett was the first book I ever loved, and remains my favorite to this day. It was the book I learned to read on.

Q: What kinds of books do you love now?

I like books that hurt. I know that’s a bit grim, but I enjoy books with characters so brutal and raw and honest that it makes your soul ache. I am fascinated by how people move through life and interact with one another.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to sit down and read?

I have always wanted to be one of those people who reads outside, but for me it is in my room. I am easily distracted and like to people-watch, and so reading in my room is the best way to remain focused.

Q: Do you set any goals for yourself as a reader?

My only goal as a reader is to read good books.

Q: Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? What was that like?

For years I read primarily classic novels, and so meeting them was impossible. As I got a bit older I started to read more contemporary fiction and grew very fond of Cormac McCarthy and Daniel Woodrell. Last spring I was fortunate enough to attend a reading by Daniel Woodrell in New York. He discussed his life, writing, and read a selection from his latest novel. I was worried it might be disappointing, but he was marvelous to listen to and very personable. I asked him to sign my book at the end and he was very friendly and patient with everyone, even though I was completely nervous and a little awkward.

Q: How do you mark your place in a book?

Memory. I’m a bit pretentious and like to just open to where I was without disturbing the book or fumbling with anything.

Q: What books are you on your “must read” list?

I think everyone should read No Country For Old Men, Never Let Me Go, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, All The King’s Men, Winter’s Bone, Lord Of the  Rings, and Crime and Punishment.

In terms of books I have been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten to yet, I’m interested in the Master And Commander series, as well as some of Elizabeth Gaskell’s lesser known novels.

Q: Here’s a famous question: if you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Where would you go, and what would they order for dinner?

I have two answers. I would love to have afternoon tea with Jane Austen, enjoying some kind of pastry and discussing literature and being elegant and witty, but I would most definitely screw that up. She is just too intimidating.

I suppose my formal answer would have to be Stephen King. I would order Chinese food, bean curd and fried rice. He is a fascinating, knowledgeable pop culture icon and I would love to discuss television, film, and novels with him. It is rare to find someone so invested in all three mediums and that is something I really identify with.

Q: What’s your favorite post you’ve written for BiblioSmiles? What’s your favorite post that someone else has written?

I really enjoyed writing about authors that “Inspire, Discourage, And Inspire Again.” Such a devastating part of being a young writer is grappling with feelings of inadequacy, and so I am always awed by those that accomplished so much at such a young age.

In terns of posts by someone else, I enjoy all the Anatomy of a Bookshelf articles. I love seeing how other people structure and what they read. It is too difficult to choose just one, they are all fantastic. If you haven’t read them yet, you should.

Emily Ruth Verona received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Cinema Studies from The State University of New York at Purchase. She lives in New Jersey. For more visit www.emilyruthverona.com or follow her on Twitter @emilyrverona.