Todd Villeneuve

Biography

I grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Though I have lived in Michigan most of my life, I also did stints in Taichung, Taiwan; Washington, D.C.; and, in central Florida. Majoring in history and minoring in anthropology, I graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University in 1993.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was reading at the age of three and there were so many children's books that I can recall glimpses of, but the first time I remember being utterly transported into a fantasy world was by one of the Frank L. Baum Oz books when I was in second grade. The only way I can describe that feeling is as an out-of-body experience. To be able to be dragged into another time and place is the greatest gift. Keeping that should be every readers goal.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All favorite books, I believe, are about reading the right book at the right time. Their ideas/stories connect with where you are as a person in that unique moment. Read a year later or earlier and the impact may not be the same. We remember the emotional impact of them as much as we remember anything else about them. We are ever changing. As such my list could change on any given day as well.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. -- Magical Realism takes me back to that childhood feeling of reading where anything is possible. His descriptive powers are second to none.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky -- No one could get further into the subjective minds of his characters while simultaneously analyzing their objective place within their culture.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien -- Again, descriptive power to tell a story, but also the creation of the greatest mythology/fantasy world of all, Middle Earth. So much of geek culture owes itself to this one man and his work.
Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac -- This may not be Kerouac's most famous or best work, but it gripped me with the main character's (his) battle against alcoholism as well as its commentary about American culture.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller -- The ironic wit and trenchant critique of the realities of war are second to none. Anyone who glorifies war should read this book. Captures the absurdity of it all better than any other anti-war work.
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Where to find Todd Villeneuve online

Twitter: @anarchynlove

Books

Looking-glass Walls
Price: Free! Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
An erotic fiction short story for sexual intellectuals and learned lovers. Smart smut, if you will. Centered on Alyssa's new post-breakup life, the story deals with her grief, romance, and lust in equal measure. It creates characters you can care about and empathize with, in addition to living vicariously through their steamy sexual lives. Detailed description both physical and psychological.

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