What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
I was an avid reader as a kid...I loved going to the library and would bring home piles of books. I especially loved taking part in the Summer Reading challenges! I loved the Little House on the Prairie series. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and anything by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary. Guess that's why I love historical fiction and mystery/suspense novels now.
Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
My ideal reading experience is curled up somewhere cozy, maybe on the couch with a blanket and my dog, hunkered down in bed during a storm, by the campfire or bathing in the sun at the beach. I prefer quiet and solitude but can pretty much read anywhere.
I recently read a book about two Chinese girls that build a bond of friendship out of unlikely circumstances. One chapter of the book details the foot binding process young girls would go through. I was both intrigued and horrified with the degree of pain and suffering these young girls endured in order to achieve "beautiful lillies" or desirable shaped feet.
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
I've always loved F. Scott Fitzgerald and his works. I wish I was alive during the Roaring 20's. I love the easy, escapism that Elin Hildebrand brings to her stories...plus I've always wanted to visit Nantucket....we typically vacation at the Vineyard. Lastly, Phillipa Gregory...I love reading about English royalty...I especially love the description of settings and period costumes. It's like having a front row seat in the theater!