Some memes I ignore, but how could I ignore one created by BJ Hoff for writers and readers? I couldn’t so here are the questions and answers.
1. What’s the one book or writing project you haven’t yet written but still hope to?
I’d love to write a modern day parable about Peter walking on the water. I just haven’t come up with the story that goes with the concept. But it’s been rolling around in my head for years, so maybe the answer will come to me some day.
2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with?
I try to always begin my days with time in my Bible. But if it was a whole day just to read, I have a stack of To-Be-Read novels. In that stack are the latest novels of several of my favorite novelists, both historical and contemporary. It would depend on my mood which one I reached for first. If a new Francine Rivers’ book was in the stack, it would probably be my first choice.
3. What was your first writing “instrument” (besides pen and paper)?
I did write my first two and a half books with pen and paper at home. Then I typed them on an IBM Selectric at the office where I worked. My boss allowed me to use it on coffee breaks and lunch hours. I bought my first computer the month my first novel was released (Feb 1984). That computer had two floppy disk drives, no hard drive, and an orange monochrome screen.
4. What’s your best guess as to how many books you read in a month?
I’m a very slow reader. My pleasure reading is done at bedtime and I don’t usually last very long before it’s lights out, even when the book is good. My guess, one novel per month, and usually one non-fiction every month or two.
5. What’s your favorite writing “machine” you’ve ever owned?
I became a Mac enthusiast in early 2006, and I love both my MacBook and my iMac (both are Intel versions).
6. Think historical fiction: what’s your favorite time period in which to read? (And if you don’t read historical fiction–shame on you.)
I can’t name just one: WWII era (USA or Europe); Regency and Victorian England; American West of the 1800s.
7. What’s the one book you remember most clearly from your youth (childhood or teens)?
Old Bones, the true story of a race horse. That was a favorite grade school read of mine. Little Women was a standout from my early teens. And I used to own every single book from the Trixie Belden series.
Now, I think I shall take the easy way out. If you are a writer and/or a reader, take these questions to your blogs and answer them yourself. Then leave a comment to this entry so others can go read your answers. Of course, if you do it correctly, you’re supposed to tag seven people. Or you can be lazy like me and see if you get some volunteers.
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