Author Spotlight: Jolina Petersheim
What are some of your favorite books?
Les Miserables, The Alchemist, Little Women, For Whom the Bell Tolls, I Capture the Castle, The Orchardist, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Into the Free, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, The Flight of Gemma Hardy—and anything by Fannie Flagg. (She makes me laugh so much, I want her to be my neighbor in heaven.)
Is there a book character that you would love to be best friends with? Why?
Anne of Green Gables, without a doubt. She and I both speak without thinking; hence, we are always getting into scrapes.
Do you have a #literaryconfessions?
Though I was an English major, I do not really care for The Great Gatsby. My best friend and I still went to see the Baz Luhrmann version in the theatre. Watching it made me feel like I was on something, and the strongest thing I’ve ever been on was Midol.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Dark, brooding Mr. Rochester with his secrets! Actually, now that I think about it, Tobias King in The Outcast shares some of his harsher mannerisms.
What books are you looking forward to reading 2013?
The Firebird, Serena, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, And the Mountains Echoed, When Mountains Move, The Art of Fielding, The Fault in Our Stars, Shine, Shine, Shine, The Burgess Boys, Mudbound. It goes on and on. I could be a hermit for the rest of my life and not read all the ones I have on my list.
What book was the best book you read last year?
The Orchardist. I want to kidnap Amanda Coplin’s muse.
Jolina, when you are not writing- what other activities do you like to take part in?
I enjoy hiking with my one-year-old daughter strapped on my back and our Akita dog, Kashi, for protection against wild boar—though I’ve only seen one up close. I enjoy cooking new things but hate following recipes. I love traveling, creek-walking, photography, and thrift-store shopping for treasures, like hardbacked books with deckled pages or too small Italian shoes. I am a people watcher and nothing fills me with more joy than listening to stories and making new friends.
*Special thanks to Jolina Petersheim for agreeing to this author spotlight!