Book’d in Burbank Authors Share Life Changing Reads
Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held for the third time on Thursday, October 10th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to sponsor this amazing night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, several of the participating authors stopped by to fill us in on the books that most changed their lives.
“After I wrote my first book and discovered I’d written a romance, I decided I should probably start reading other romances to see how mine compared. I randomly picked up Suzanne Brockmann’s The Defiant Hero and I’m so glad I did. It had been many years since I’d read a romance and my first book was what I thought a romance should be, not what it could be. Reading The Defiant Hero taught me that I could write real characters that spoke the way people speak today. It deals with real issues and emotional conflicts that made me feel for the characters. That book not only made me want to be a better writer, but it gave me permission to find my own voice. It made me want to drag emotion out of my characters so my readers would feel for them. I’d say that’s pretty life changing.”
“I was twelve-years-old during The Great Blizzard of 1993. The South usually got less than one inch of snow a year, but in 1993 our little house on the top of the mountain got over 20 inches. My family was stranded for two weeks without power, cooking in the fireplace like pioneer times and huddling together under blankets for warmth. There was no TV, no radio… nothing to do but tell stories and read. It was then that my father gave me his favorite novels, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I’d heard him speak fondly of them before, but wrote them off as “grown up stuff.” But then I started reading them. In two weeks, I read every book in the series and discovered a life-long devotion to science fiction, and Douglas Adams. By now, I’ve read everything he’s ever written, many times over, and not only do his books take me to new and fantastic worlds while making me laugh, they take me back to that amazing winter, when the South got too much snow, and I learned to love my father’s favorite author.”
“I read White Oleander by Janet Fitch with one of my best friends, Sarah, in the summer of 2001 during a sprawling trip up the east coast that began in Alabama and ended in Delaware. The main character in the book, Astrid, a young teenage girl in and out of Los Angeles foster homes while her mother manipulates her through letters from prison, spoke of survival tactics throughout the book. She used the metaphor of being in a life boat after a shipwreck to help her survive this period of her life that to me, seemed very much like a nightmare, compared to my safe and comfortable suburban childhood. Witnessing how an observant, shy, artsy girl made it through, collecting rainwater and scrubbing her boat’s sails, gave me the blueprint for survival for not only for the characters that live inside Autumn in the City of Angels, but for my own life’s turbulent periods.”
“A book that resonated with me in a life-changing way was Journey of Souls by Michael Newton. After leaving the fundamentalist religion in which I was raised I began to explore an interest in what happens when we die. When my daughter was killed in 2000, that interest grew into a passion, and Dr. Newton’s book answered my questions in a way that profoundly touched me. A hypnotherapist and an atheist, he was developing a special technique to reach deep inside his client’s psyche and learn something about past lives, when he discovered something he had not anticipated—evidence of life between lives. Working with thousands of subjects, the same themes and stories kept coming through: themes and stories that validated my own forming beliefs. For anyone who is interested in life after death and reincarnation, this book should definitely be at the top of your list.”
“My book might sound odd, but it’s And I Don’t Want To Live This Life, the story of Nancy Spungeon written by her mother Deborah. As I was a music fanatic and fascinated with punk rock (and the Sid & Nancy movie), hearing about this hellion of a daughter eventually becoming a Sex Pistol’s groupie just somehow spoke to me, and where I was in my own life at the time. Thankfully, I didn’t suffer Nancy’s tragic ending!”
What was your most life changing read?
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