Post by Kerrie
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
FAVORITE BOOK: The Phantom Tollbooth
SPEND DAY WITH: Jon: James Bond. I'm sure he'd have great stories to tell.
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.
FAVORITE BOOK: Heidi, by Johanna Spryi
To find out more about the faculty, visit the Northern Colorado Writers Conference Website
How would you answer these questions?