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Thursday, August 23, 2012

More Author Insight: First Time All Over Again

 What book do you wish you could read again for the first time?

"Salem's Lot by Stephen King." - Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers

"Wow. Fabulous question. Gone with the Wind. I reread it every year, but the fact that I know the ending always makes me sad. Scarlett, wise up!" - Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door

"Harry Potter and the .... well, all of them. Every single Harry Potter book." - C.J. Redwine, author of Defiance.

"The Hunger Games [by Suzanne Collins]." - Lissa Price, author of Starters. 

"All of mine. The sad truth about writing a novel is that you never get to read your own book for the first time. You cobble it together over a long period and then change bits around and cut other parts until finally you’re so sick of it you fling it to your editor or agent and hope for the best. I don’t recommend this as a way to read a book.

Plus, I’m pretty sure I would think my jokes were funnier if I hadn’t written them first." - Janette Rallison (AKA C.J. Hill), author of Erasing Time.

"Sabriel by Garth Nix. I read it when I was eleven or twelve, and fell head over heels in love with it. In the years since then, it’s remained one of my favorite books—and it’s still a book I recommend to anyone who hasn’t read it." - Sarah Maas, author of Throne of Glass

"Stephen King's short story 'The Boogeyman.'" - Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone

"Actually probably the first Harry Potter. I’d like to see what my current writer brain would make of it, without already knowing the plot and trajectory of the series and the movies and all that."  - Kevin Emerson, author of The Lost Code

"The Giver [by Lois Lowry]." - Jessi Kirby, author of In Honor

"Invitation to a Beheading (Nabokov) or A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens). They both have 'aha!' revelations in them (about M’sieur Pierre in the former book, and Mme Defarge in the second) that are best read when you don’t know what’s coming." - Jennifer Hubbard, author of Try Not to Breathe.

"To Kill a Mockingbird – it’s my favorite novel of all time. I’m still in awe every time I read it, but would love to have that experience again of discovering the characters for the first time." - Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Take a Bow.

"Trinity by Leon Uris. I couldn't put it down—I'm amazed I didn't get hit by a car while reading it, because I would walk in the street with my nose in that book. When I finished it, I was in tears. Not only because the ending was so powerful, but also because the entire book was such an emotional journey." - Cara Lynn Shultz, author of Spellcaster

On Tuesday, find out how many trunk novels the authors have and if they'd like to revisit them someday!

1 comment:

  1. I agree about the Hunger Games and Harry Potter, especially Harry Potter. I wish I could read those books for the first time once again.

    And also, the Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Those books should be more popular than they are. Amazing storytelling and characterization through out!

    Anyway, I write a lot like Janette Rallison it seems. I re-write and re-write until I'm sick of it. Then I give it to my critique partners and now my latest book is going to an editor. And that's how I know I'm done writing a book.