Book Blogger Q&A: Bildungsroman

Book Blogger Q&A 44 features Little Willow from Bildungsroman.

Here are her responses to our questions:

BildungsromanHow long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging at Bildungsroman for close to 8 years now.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I average about a book a day, so I read around 300 books a year, more if you count scripts and screenplays.

What were your favourite books as a child?

My favorite books as a child included The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I was also a huge fan of The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin.

What are you reading at the moment?

I recently finished My Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher, her inspired follow-up to her wonderful debut novel The Opposite of Invisible. I am about to begin Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald, which I picked up because, like the protagonist, I am a vegetarian and environmentalist (though she is even more “green” than I am!) I am also reading, re-reading and memorizing three scripts as I prepare for projects which are about to go into production: a webseries, a short film, and a world premiere play. (I’m an actress.)

If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

To name only one book I’ve read this year as an overall best would be like a parent trying to pick a favorite child and feeling as those she neglected the others. The only way to make it easier is to categorize:

Juvenile fiction, realistic: The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

Juvenile fiction, fantasy: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Detective mystery meets mythology: A Hundred Words for Hate by Thomas E. Sniegoski

The paranormal meets mythology: Spirits of the Noh by Thomas Randall (The Waking, Book Two)

Historical fiction meets the paranormal: The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One: The Wild by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

Realistic teen fiction: Doggirl by Robin Brande

The end to a series, realistic teen fiction: Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart (the fourth and final Ruby Oliver book)

Non-fiction: Self-Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie

Who are your three favourite authors?

Christopher Golden, Thomas E. Sniegoski and Lewis Carroll.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

You pose another difficult question! It would probably be any and all of my favorite childhood books: The Westing Game, The NeverEnding Story, Anne of Green Gables, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Also, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Each reflects a different part of me, as a person and as a writer. Each holds a piece of my heart because I connected to them so strongly, and those connections remain strong to this day.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

The Fallen 3: End of Days by Thomas E. Sniegoski, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Emerson Blackwood’s Field Guide to Dangerous Fairies by Christopher Golden and Guillermo del Toro, The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Sea Wolves by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, The Waking: Winter of Ghosts by Thomas Randall. Also, The Lost Crown: A Novel of Romanov Russia by Sarah Miller, which was released last month and is patiently waiting for me to read it on a day with no interruptions.

Which book character is most like you?

Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game.

If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?

Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, Jenna Blake from the Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala, and the aforementioned Alice and Turtle, so I could talk to like-minded people and thank them for being such wonderful examples of strong female characters. My favorite male protagonist, Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (One day, I intended to simply look up a quote in The Great Gatsby and was compelled to re-read the entire thing because that’s how much I love the voice Fitzgerald gave to Nick.) The fantastic fantasy characters Tinker Bell from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Tiki from The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks, the unnamed cat from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Falkor from Michael Ende’s The NeverEnding Story and Fiddlestick from Christopher Golden’s Strangewood. Apparently, I’d need a very large table – and quite a variety of foodstuffs!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Blog when you want to, because you want to. Blog about things you like to think about and want to share and discuss with others.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Readergirlz

Chasing Ray

– and many, many more.

Many thanks to Little Willow for taking the time to contribute to the Book Blogger Q&A series. If you haven’t already done so, check out her fantastic blog.

In addition to being an actress, singer, blogger and journalist, Little Willow is also a webdesigner. Visit Rock the Rock for more information.

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