When I was about 13, I read "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. Written in the 1st person, there was something about being inside the head of Huck Finn that completely enthralled me. It's not a short book, but when I reached the end, I was so disappointed that I immediately turned back to page one and read the whole thing again. Then I read it again. OK, maybe I was a little OCD, but I really identified with Huck and his world.
Many years later I read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling. I was transported by the story, the characters, and the setting. I've read all seven books several times (hmmm, maybe I really am OCD) and still love them. In fact the Harry Potter books inspired me to write my own books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything that interests me, and that changes all the time. I'm currently reading "The Dark Side of Genius" by Donald Spoto. It's a very detailed bio of Alfred Hitchcock, the 'master of suspense.' I feel there's something to be learned by anyone who has achieved success and Hitchcock certainly had many successes in his long career.
Twelve-year-old Charlie Applegate and his three best friends embark on a journey to find Travis' father. Their quest takes them to many strange places where they meet a host of unusual characters and dangerous situations.
Eleven-year-old Charlie Applegate's life gets complicated as he copes with girls, a new friend who lives in a foster home and a psychotic bully. He is also worried about his increasingly prophetic and cryptic dreams.
After getting sent off to NYC to live with his grandmother, Jack soon finds himself in a beautiful, but dangerous parallel universe where he is hailed as a savior who has come to rid the world of an infestation of hideous monsters.
Jack must evade executioners, assassins and monsters long enough to find a way back to his own world.