I am the whispers I hear late at night. I am the hard kept secret gnawing at every embrace. I am the words echoing inside my head and the untold stories screaming to be heard. I am the silence. I am me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, in fact, I do. "Chocolate, a Glacier Grizzly" is the title and it was the first book I ever read and owned. I've read it countless times and each time I feel a part of the story. It spoke to my heart. I felt a bond develop the second Chocolate was born. I felt the love and protection he must've felt in the beginning, the fear when the foreign grizzly attacked, the necessary (but little understood) betrayal when his mother pushed him away and the confusion when he was alone. The worst part for me was when they tranquillised him and took him to a reserve. Even though the story teaches that he was safer there, it was then that I realised how territorial humans are and how iniquitous it is towards the grizzly. The ending was bitter-sweet and I will continue to have a special place in my heart for Chocolate, the Glacier Grizzly. And no, that wasn't an error.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Chocolate, a Glacier Grizzly - the first and best story I ever read. 2. I Am Number Four - unique science fiction that leaves me wanting more. 3. Thirteen Reasons Why - I've always been curious about, and somewhat empathetic toward, suicide stories and this one chooses the most intriguing of means to tell it. 4. 1 Samuel - mostly because of the relationship between David and Jonathan. 5. The Heart of a God Chaser - more of a handbook, but the quotes given are truly inspiring.