A big thank you to Zoe for taking part in my #AskMeAnything feature! And, a big thank you to all who sent me a question for Zoe.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I have two children, both teenagers.
I have a university degree, but have been lucky enough to have been a stay-at-home mom for the last fifteen years.
I love to read all genres from Historical Fiction to Contemporary Romance and everything in-between.
Most days, aside from reading, I spend my time cycling, hiking, volunteering, or running my kids here, there, and everywhere.
I started my blog to be able to share my love of reading and my thoughts and reviews with a larger audience.
1 – How far do you think a writer’s location affects their writing style?
- I think location affects a writer’s style in the language, humour and dialect used.
2 – What’s your favourite literary villain?
- White Witch – Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
3 – I don’t know many Canadian authors – who would you recommend?
- There are many great Canadian authors, Lawrence Hill, Michael Ondaatje, Louise Penny, Alice Munro
4 – In Canadian bookstores, is it mostly Canadian authors or is it easy enough to get books from international authors?
- In Canadian bookstores, it is easy to all international authors, especially from the US and the UK.
5 – What makes a book jump from 4*s to 5*s for you and keeps you reading well past bedtime?
- For me a book makes that jump from 4* to 5*s if it captivates me to a point that I don’t want to put it down; makes me laugh more than I have for a while; or has an ending that is completely unpredictable and satisfying.
6 – What are your 5 favourite characters from books you have read, across any genre??
- Ove – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Don Tillman – The Rosie Project
- Elizabeth – Pride and Prejudice
- Harold Fry – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
- Inspector Gamache – The Chief Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny
7 – If you were told you could never read another word again, what would you do instead?
- Enjoy the outdoors and cycle more.
8 – What is your proudest achievement?
- Raising two wonderful kids.
9 – Who is your favourite author, who you have met?
- I don’t really have one favourite author. There are just so many good authors out there. I have had the opportunity to meet Chris Cleave and Michael Crummey which was great.
10 – What’s your favourite bread?
- A fresh french baguette
11 – If you could re-write the ending to any book which would it be and what would you change?
- Gone Girl. I really enjoyed that book, except the ending. I thought the ending was a little weak. I felt after all the destruction and havoc wreaked there should have been some kind of punishment or retribution.
12 – What has been the most challenging moment of your adult life?
- Living 3,000 miles away from my family (Mom, Dad, etc.)
13 – Which author would you really like to meet?
- J.K. Rowling
- I would have also really liked to meet Jane Austen
14 – Would you like to write a book?
- Not really. I enjoy reading them too much.
15 – A book you’d love to see made into a film? (Maybe with casting?)
- Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Mark Strong (Harold)
16 – What’s your favourite time of the year?
- My favourite time of year is fall. I love the leaves changing colours and the crispness in the air.
17 – What’s the best surprise you’ve ever had?
- When my husband proposed after 4 months of dating.
18 – Do you have a holiday destination you return to time and again or do you like to discover new places?
- I love to visit new places, although Hawaii is definitely one of my favourites that I don’t mind revisiting now and again.
19 – Favourite read so far this year?
- Ooh. Tough one. I have given (5) books this year a perfect rating for different reasons. If I had to pick only one I would have to say The Girl and the Sunbird by Rebecca Stonehill.
20 – What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
Zoe blogs at http://whatsbetterthanbooks.com/
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