Today, Holly Goddard Jones is back to reveal her #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush!
Author Spotlight: Holly Goddard Jones
What are some of your favorite books, Holly?
Felicia’s Journey, by William Trevor, anything by Margaret Atwood, several Stephen King novels but especially The Stand, Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, Cloud Atlas, State of Wonder, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Serena, by Ron Rash. A recent favorite is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.
If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?
Most characters in books have it pretty hard—much harder than I have it. If I’m being realistic, I’d choose a boring character with a nice life, which would mean someone on the periphery of a good story. But if I mean a character who has qualities I admire, and I wish I could respond to adversity with the wisdom and grace that they do? The first two to come to mind are Elizabeth Bennet and Daenerys Targaryen. Ha!
If you were not an author, what would you like to be?
I have a layperson’s interest in criminal psychology, which is pretty analogous to what I do as a writer. Or I’d like to be in some zoological field and work with primates.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
God, too many to own. I haven’t read tons of things I’m supposed to have read, like Moby Dick and Mrs. Dalloway.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
I’m still smarting over the fact that Cassandra spurned Stephen Colley in I Capture the Castle.
What is your favorite song?
It depends on the day. But because I love The Beatles best overall and have a sentimental attachment to it, I’ll say, oddly, “You Never Give Me Your Money.”
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures, except the time I waste on the internet. Just because it’s more habit than pleasure.
What books are in your to be read (TBR) pile?
I just started Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. I’m also in the middle of the fifth book from A Song of Fire and Ice. I’d like to read Alyssa Nutting’s Tampa and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. Oh, and Stephen King’s Joyland.
* Thank you Holly Goddard Jones for the author spotlight!