MW: Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I love her because she feels things deeply and because she’s strong and resilient.
VAH: What about a favorite author?
MW: Dean Koontz. I grew up watching my mom devour his books. It wasn’t until I was eleven years old that she finally let me read one. She selected The Voice in the Night and I’ve been hooked ever since. I haven’t read all of his books, but I have read a great many. He truly is the master of suspense.
VAH: Imagine you’re stranded in a snowstorm, stuck on a deserted island. What books would you hope to have with you or find?
MW: I would have Anne of Green Gables with me. I’ve read this book so many times it really is like an old friend. I would also have The Count of Monte Cristo because it’s another one of my favorites. I would also like to have an empty notebook with me. I really can’t live without at least one empty notebook.
VAH: What is the most memorable book, story or poem you’ve read? How so?
MW: The most memorable book I ever read is They Cage The Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch. It’s the true story of a boy who spends several years being bounced in and out of foster care. He goes through a lot and it’s really hard to read sometimes. It was the first book that made me cry.
VAH: Do you have a favorite book, poem, or story?
MH: My favorite poem is Just Think by Robert Service. I grew up reading him.
And I simply can’t choose just one favorite book. I’d have to give you a top ten list.
VAH: What author or books keep you up at night because you can’t put them down?
MW: Dean Koontz will keep me up late into the night, but so will any really good book. Most recently it was Penelope Douglas and her book Rival.
VAH: Which reader are you – always finish what you started or put it down and move on if you don’t like it?
MW: I used to be a finish what you start reader. But life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy. So now I don’t finish books I can’t get into.
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