The One Book I Could NEVER Part With
When we asked the authors participating in Book’d in Burbank, our favorite literary event in Los Angeles, to name the book they must always have on hand, most found it to be quite the challenge to pick just one. What about you?
“Although I’ve read a few really good books lately, I (ultimately) decided to go old school with my list. The first book on my never part with list is Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I’ve read it so many times, it’s battered beyond repair. The second book (by the same author) is A Rose in Winter. There is nothing like an epic romp full of mystery and sizzling hot attraction and both books have that in spades. Speaking of sizzling, the last book on my list is newer, but (still) not new. Suzanne Brockmann’s Over the Edge will always be one of my favorite books of all time. It’s the third book in her Troubleshooter series and filled with suspense and smoking passion. I have more favorites, but these are the top three. One word: Unputdownable.”
“I keep certain books by my desk in my office for inspiration. I’m going to cheat on this assignment and choose 3 books—The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I closely studied the structure of the books when I was working on my own trilogy (The 13th Continuum is the first book). It’s also a huge inspiration in terms of the incredibly detailed world building. I had the great pleasure of working on the film adaptations back in my Hollywood days. I worked at New Line Cinema for the Executive Producer of the films. I even got to hold the Best Picture Oscar in my hands after we won for Return of the King! So these books will always have an extra special place in my heart.”
“I was 16 when I decided to tackle The Stand by Stephen King. Until then, my literary diet consisted of Agatha Christie, Isaac Asimov, Albert Camus and comic book masterpieces by Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore. These were phenomenal stories, but let’s face it, they were thin — mere leaflets, compared to the monster that had become my next challenge. But when I cracked that spine, the post-apocalyptic world I entered and the characters I met changed forever the way I thought of storytelling. The twists, the sacrifices, the relationships I established with the characters, and the overall story goal forever cemented an approach that has become core to every story I write — Story is king and I should never have to choose between plot or character. The depth of character makes the plot worthwhile and the story relatable and real. Thank you, Mr. King for influencing me to become a better storyteller!”
“A classic for me that I couldn’t imagine not having in my personal library is a copy of Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I remember reading it when all my girlfriends were reading Nancy Drew, and I couldn’t put the book down. Scarlett O’Hara was complex, twisted and powerfully compelling. I love this book, it’s well written and shares a history of this county that came alive for me, almost as though I were there.”
“The books I’ll keep forever are the ones with characters I love, adventures I want to have, and worlds I want to explore. Some of my favorites are by independent authors, and Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid is on that list. The main character is smart and funny, which isn’t a coincidence because Penny Reid is smart and funny, and it translates into a first-person voice that sounds REAL. You know, with all the baggage and humor and intelligence her readers have. It’s a romantic comedy, and one of those rare and surprising books that you start at bedtime and read straight through until it’s done.
Another binge-read is A Hidden Fire, by Elizabeth Hunter. She has created such richly drawn and compelling characters in her Elemental Mysteries series that even the supporting cast are worthy of their own books. In an age of sparkly and angsty vamps, it’s lovely to come across vampire mythology that brings something new to the table, and doesn’t break the rules that make sense.
These are the kind of books to take on vacation with you, re-read on a regular basis, and recommend to everyone you meet – especially since the first book in each series is FREE. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the books by these two authors, and I applaud them for creating beautifully written, well-crafted stories that grabbed me from the first paragraph.”
What’s the one book YOU could never part with?
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