Today’s post is a bookish one. Imagine that, a book post on a bookworm’s blog. Ha! I’ve been tagged by my buddy Sarah @ Forever Aspiring Writer to take part in The Selcouth Award. Selcouth, by definition, means strange, unusual, or rare. They’re supposed to be off-the-wall questions about books, writing, or anything literary. 🙂
Here we go!
1) What is one book you would love to see made into a movie that hasn’t been yet?
First of all, we need to establish that if a book is going to be made into a movie, then it should be true to the book. It’s my belief, as I’m sure many of you bookworms would agree, that if a book is good enough to be movie-material in the first place, then there’s no need to change things. 😉 (I’m very passionate about this.) That being said, I should get off my soapbox and answer the question.
I can think of a few. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. (All these links go to Goodreads so you can read what they are about, if you feel so inclined.) I’ve mentioned this book before, but it’s the true story of how Brother Andrew smuggled Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. It’s an amazing book full of God-things. 🙂 If you’ve enjoyed The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, then you should give this one a go.
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin. I love Lynn’s books and can think of several that would make a good movie…I also think I should reread this book soon. Candle in the Darkness would be another good movie. And finally, I agree with my mum when she said that The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson would make an interesting movie!
2) Have you ever created a character for your story that’s based off you?
Well, there’s Emma from my book, Kozmo and Kiki – A Superhero Story. There was Emma from A Baseball Mystery, before she was renamed to Leana. So I guess you could say the answer to this question would be…yes! And yes, I have also based a character off of me without naming them after me…haha.
3) What is a genre you haven’t written a story in yet, but that you might like to try?
I’ve had this idea for an adventure/fantasy book for years now. I haven’t done anything with it beyond a Pinterest inspiration board, a cover I made in the Paint program, and a file containing my scribblings. It’s not a genre I
usually ever read or write, so it tackling it would be a whole new world for me. Maybe someday…maybe not…we’ll see!
4) Name one genre which you just don’t like?
I’m not sure because I haven’t really explored many genres beyond the ones I already read (contemporary, historical fiction, some biblical fiction). Maybe I should expand my horizons?…or not… 😉
5) Have you ever read a book you disliked SO much, yet still read it to the end?
I was reading a series that I really enjoyed, but when I got to the last book…I was so disappointed! I didn’t like it at all. I can’t remember if I read it all or if I skimmed it. Because if I don’t like a book, yet don’t want to give up on it completely, I’ll flip through pages and scan them. I’ve done that a few times before. I haven’t always been like this, but now if I don’t like a book or can’t get into it, I don’t finish it and find a book that I do enjoy–otherwise it’s just a waste of my time.
6) Have you ever joined NaNoWriMo and if not, do you ever plan to?
(National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a 30-day challenge in November to write a 50,000 word book from beginning to end.) I attempted NaNo in 2013 with a friend of mine. The key word there is attempted. I sorely underestimated how hard it was to write 1,667 words a day! I was totally stressed and not enjoying it anymore, so I quit on Day 17.
One of the reasons NaNo didn’t work out for me is that I am an edit-as-I-go kind of writer. I write a few paragraphs or a page before I go back and revise and edit until I’m relatively happy with it. If a scene doesn’t feel right, I stay there until I can address the issue and fix it. Call it the perfectionist in me, but I don’t like to move on if I’m not happy with what I’ve written so far. Unfortunately for me, there’s no time for that during NaNoWriMo. 🙂
Another one of the reasons NaNo didn’t work for me was my lack of plotting. My novel was about a teenage girl whose family, due to unfortunate circumstances, moves to the country to live on a farm and her struggles to adjust. I was so focused on researching things for the farm that I neglected to plan out my actual story. Hahaha…you really need a plan and a good plot line for NaNo. Learned that the hard way!
7) At roughly what age did you start writing your first book (if you have written a book)?
I wrote my first book, The Tryouts, when I was twelve. My main character was Sally Johnson, her best friend, Ann Summers, and I thought it was pure gold. (I also saw no need to go through and edit it after I finished the first draft because I was convinced it was perfect.) I remember Googling about publishing, and I may or may not have added “Have The Tryouts Published” to my Christmas list…
8) Have you ever gone back over your blog and been so embarrassed about a post that you’ve deleted it?
No, I’ve never deleted a post out of embarrassment! The only thing that really sticks out to me is a certain blurry, out-of-focus picture that I used in one of my early-days review posts… *cringe*
9) Name an author whose books you just can’t get into?
I really just can’t get into Karen Kingsbury. (Sorry to disappoint, all you Karen Kingsbury fans!!) I’ve read four books by her and I think she’s a good writer, but I didn’t fall in love.
10) What author do you think you have read more books by than any other author?
I have read forty-five books by Robin Jones Gunn, author of the two best-selling series, Christy Miller and Sisterchicks. Robin is my favorite author! I fell in love with Christy Miller because they were relatable, had a sweet romance thread, and were full of Jesus. 🙂 I’ve been hooked ever since.
11) Have you ever spoiled the ending of a book for someone while they’re still reading it?
I hope not! I hate spoilers, in movies or books! I try to be conscious of who may not have seen or read a book when talking about things, but sometimes I slip, and if I’ve ever spoiled anything, then I’m sorry!
12) Favourite literary couple?
I’m not good at favorites and I’ve been staring at this question, and the next one, for thirteen minutes short of forever. I try to keep my answers interesting and not say the same thing twice, but I’m going to ignore that rule for a moment. 😉 My favorite literary couple is Christy and Todd from, you guessed it, Christy Miller. 🙂
13) Favourite literary friendship?
I received Lynn Austin’s newest book Where We Belong for Christmas and loooooved it! It’s about two sisters, Flora and Rebecca, as they go on adventures. I love how they look out for and take care of each other. ❤
Okay, now it’s your turn. I want to know:
What is one book you would LOVE to see made into a movie? What is YOUR favorite literary couple or friendship?
Until the next time, folks!