Friday, 30 December 2016

If You Were Stuck on a Desert Island...What Would You Read? (Part 2)

As many of you may know, I submitted my latest book, What Lies Beneath the Mask, to the Kindle Scout program. While it wasn't chosen, I gained so much from it, including an amazing group of fellow authors who've now pulled together to showcase one another!

So, I asked them all: if you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, what would it be? (Though I banned how-to manuals, omnibuses & complete works!)

Here's what some of them said!

The AdoptionGreg Meritt: The Stand (Uncut), by Stephen King.

Greg Meritt is the youngest of three children. He was born in Everett, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a restaurant manager, a landscaper, a purchasing agent, and salesman. As a young person in middle school, Greg became hooked on stories after reading Stephen King's "The Stand", and has been reading voraciously ever since.
In 2012, he began writing his own stories and in early 2013, his short story "The Attic" was chosen out of 5,300 entries for inclusion in "The Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story Competition." Greg has written over thirty short stories and a novella. The Adoption is his debut novel. Greg lives in Kent, WA with his lovely wife, three adopted children and a crazy dog. Novel Link:

ParisJenny O’Brien: That's an impossible question for me to answer so I'm going to have to cheat. I choose a notebook so I could write the books myself. It would mean a pencil and rubber as well though. I read about 300 books a year so not being able to read would be torture.  

Jenny O'Brien was born in Ireland a very long time ago. She's an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a 2016 RoNA judge. She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She's also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings - two of which you'll always find in her scribblings! She lives in Guernsey and, in her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You'll be pleased to note she won't be entering Bake-Off.

Love Lies & ClonesJoynell Schultz: I love, love, love fiction, but I’d take the biggest book of non-fiction nonsense I could find. Like an entire encyclopedia set—or even just one of the books. You can’t get bored with that, right? I mean, whenever I couldn’t think of anything but coconuts, palm trees, and sand, I’d just whip that out and read about something else.
Joynell Schultz spends her days working in a “reliable profession” as a veterinary pharmacist, which pays the bills, but isn’t nearly as exciting as creating alternative worlds writing speculative fiction. While shivering through the long northern Wisconsin winters with her husband, two children, and numerous pets, she enjoys reading, writing, and planning her next vacation. Novel Link:


Kyla Stone: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

Kyla Stone has been writing fiction since she was a little girl. Beneath the Skin is her debut novel. She writes educational children's books as alter ego Kyla Steinkraus. When she's not writing, Kyla loves reading, drawing, hiking, board games, and eating dark chocolate. She lives with her family and two spoiled cats in Atlanta, GA.

DreamsSteve Vernon: I’d want to be stuck there with a great big book, like maybe In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust – a book that weighs in at about 3031 pages – or over 1200000 words. Why such a big  book? I know that some of you readers are thinking to yourself that I picked me a big old honking doorstop of a novel just to help pass the time – but heck no. It is not time that I am thinking about passing. This is a deserted island, remember? Toilet paper is in short supply.

“If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon.” – Bookgasm

whitRuth White: A book with all blank pages - that is assuming I have something to write with.

I was a coal miner's daughter in the Appalachian mountains. We lived up in a holler, which was so deep the sun didn't hit the bottom 'til eleven a.m. Don't know what a holler is? Same thing as a canyon. Anyway, most of my books for middle grades and young adults were set in that time and place, and were published by big name publishers. Though the pay was good, I began to feel that I was writing the same book over and over again, so I started branching out, so to speak, and experimented with writing about different times and places with an older reading audience in mind. And here I am self-publishing and loving the control I have over everything. By the way I live in Hershey, PA now, but I still can't seem to get up before eleven.

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