This week’s question:
“Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?”
I read from several genres: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoir, fantasy and young adult. My favorite genre is YA fantasy. I think I’m drawn to read and write in this genre because I’ve never fully grown up. Yes, I’m in my early thirties and I’m a wife and a mother. But, when I look in the mirror, I’m often surprised not to see my sixteen-year-old self staring back, but a woman with fine lines at the corners of her eyes. I suspect I’ll still feel this way if I live to be eighty.
I love fantasy, imagining creatures and realms outside my experience: dragons, selkies, hidden kingdoms and especially faeries. My mother read a lot of fairy tales to me when I was little, usually the undiluted often sad versions, instead of the Disney retellings. As a child, my favorite was Hans Christian Anderson’s Thumbelina. When I was eleven, I read C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and fell further in love with fantasy.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to steampunk which is probably more science fiction than fantasy. I think I started liking steampunk several years ago when I read Wells’ The Time Machine. Recently I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. I hope to publish my own steampunk novel someday.