Saturday, February 7, 2015

Conference Countdown: Fun with Faculty

Post by Kerrie

Early Bird Rate ends Feb. 28

This week for the Northern Colorado Writers Conference countdown, I am sharing a little inside information about the amazing NCWC faculty This week I asked each of them what one of their favorite books as a child and then asked them if they could spend the day with any fictional character, who would it be and why. Here are their answers.

Mark Lefebvre 
FAVORITE BOOK: When I was really young, I quite like the adventure told in the Disney hardcover version of The Penguin That  Hated The Cold (my Baba - Polish grandmother) read it to me when I was really young, and when I got older I quite enjoyed reading it myself. I think there was something about the adventure that the Penguin set out on, trying, desperately, to break away from the climate he did not enjoy or feel a part of. When I was a bit older it was every single Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators book I could get my hands on. One of the first was likely The Mystery of the Green Ghost - The mystery, intrigue and tension in a story like this quite appealed to me.

SPEND THE DAY WITH:  The first fictional character that I truly identified with and spent the most time with as a young reader is likely the one who has had the most impact on me as a person, even though I no longer read the character's latest adventures. Peter Parker, the alter-ego of Spider-Man.

Todd Mitchell
FAVORITE BOOK: A Wrinkle in Time.

SPEND THE DAY WITH:  That's easy. I'd love to spend the day with Kvothe from Name of the Wind so he could finally tell me how his story ends. (Patrick Rothfuss fans will know what I'm talking about here).

Trai Cartwright
FAVORITE BOOK: The Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz. It was the first medieval magic system I'd read and wow did it blow me away, and there was a very crushable secondary character named Morgan. Years later I saw Katherine on a panel and I learned two things: I'd been pronouncing the name wrong, and this childhood hero of mine was stark raving mad.

SPEND THE DAY WITH: Tom Cruise. Nothing "real" about that guy, but I bet the way he kills a day is infinitely more interesting than how I do.

Carrie Visintainer
FAVORITE BOOK: Where the Red Fern Grows

SPEND THE DAY WITH:  I'd spend the day with Gus from Lonesome Dove, because he's smart, candid, playful, and irreverent, We'd ride horses around and probably find some trouble.

Chantelle Aimée 
FAVORITE BOOK:   A huge volume called The Annotated Sherlock Holmes  by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There was a column on the side of every page with additional facts relevant to the story—whether a location really existed, Strand magazine illustrations, more information on types of tobacco, etc. It was like being Sherlock Holmes reading Sherlock Holmes. I think it fostered my love both of mysteries and research. I still have the book, and it’s on a prominent shelf in my office.

SPEND THE DAY WITH: Edwin Drood, so we could finally solve that mystery.

Mark Gottlieb
FAVORITE BOOK: My favorite book as a child was called The Little Lump of Clay(published in 1989 by William Morrow & Co.), about a little lump of clay that badly wants to be "something" finally gets its wish. The book has gone out of print.

SPEND THE DAY WITH:  I think it would be fun to go on a night out on the town with Henry Chinaski, the literary alter-ego of Charles Bukowski. Chinaski was a misunderstood antihero (due to his womanizing and drinking) and a real salt of the earth kind of guy that speaks to the everyman and the hardships of a working life. Alternatively, I might like to spend some time with King Alobar of the Tob Robbins novel JITTERBUG PERFUME. Alobar is something of a 21st century Gilgamesh. It was brave of Alboar to leave his kingly life behind, much like Siddhartha did on is coming-of-age journey in Herman Hesse's novel about the life of Buddha, SIDDHARTHA.

Rachel Weaver
FAVORITE BOOK: Ramona Quimby, hands down.  Especially the one where she eats the oatmeal.

SPEND DAY WITH:  The main character in the book I'm trying to write because maybe she would explain to me why she's currently doing the things she's doing and it would all start to make a lot more sense.

Jeff Finlin
FAVORITE BOOK: The Diggingest Dog
SPEND DAY WITH: Allen Ginsburg--hes not a fictional character--but he should be...i love that crazy poet thing

Laura Backes
FAVORITE BOOK:  Charlotte's Web
SPEND DAY WITH: Alice (from Alice in Wonderland). She was spontaneous, fearlessand could roll with any situation she found herself in, and I always admired that about her.

Jon Bard
FAVORITE BOOK: The Phantom Tollbooth

SPEND DAY WITH: Jon: James Bond. I'm sure he'd have great stories to tell.

Meryl DePasquale
FAVORITE BOOK: Watership Down. I couldn't sleep at night because I was so worried about what would happen to those rabbits!

SPEND DAY WITH: Mrs. Dalloway. It seems like she could throw a good party.

Michelle Richter
FAVORITE BOOK: Heidi,  by Johanna Spryi 

SPEND DAY WITH: Lorelei Gilmore. She eats all she wants without it ever showing, never cooks yet seems to have an endless budget for takeout even if she has to scrimp elsewhere, loves a good movie night, and has a great wardrobe to plunder.

To find out more about the faculty, visit the Northern Colorado Writers Conference Website

How would you answer these questions? 


Jenny said...

Favorite book: I had a 2 volume set of Grimm's Fairy Tales that I loved and read over and over.

Spend the day with: When I was young, I wanted to live in the Little House on the Prairie, but now I realize that is way too much work. Instead, I would gladly spend a day with all the great characters at Hogwarts.

Kerrie said...

I know exactly what you mean about spending the day with the Little House on the Prairie crew. It does sound like a lot of work. The Hogwarts crew would be fun, depending on the day. I wouldn't want to be with them on a Voldemort day.

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