FEATURE: Kinfolk of the Moon (2)

Ahdunie!

The moon is still new right? Go look outside and come back and tell me if you see the moon or not. (10 points if you really did it, 20 if you googled a moon phase calendar, I’m such a geek I have an app on my phone that tracks the moon phases)

This week we have Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy

At almost 35 years old (eek!), I am married to the man of my dreams and together, we have 5 teenage boys. We live in the frigid state of Michigan, but are hoping to move somewhere warm after the kids graduate. :)

As a teenager, reading was my favorite pass time. I could always be found in my bedroom with my nose in a book while the rest of the family was watching TV or hanging out. For as long as I can remember, my favorite genres were anything that involved escaping to a magical, far from reality world. Some of my favorite books as a child were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and The Last of the Really Great Wangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards.

As I got older and reached my teenage years, fantastical realms and magical characters were still my favorite, but I needed more in depth stories. I discovered the Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. They quickly became my favorite and I burned through the entire series in a short amount of time. Any book with elves, mages, and other fantasy creatures were a sure win with me.

The first vampire book that I ever read was Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. It was also the first book that kept me up all night reading. I just couldn’t put it down until I knew the vampire was dead. LOL Vampires have been my favorite characters since.

Over the past few years, I have taken college courses on and off. When I discovered book blogging in October 2010, my career goal became clear. My love of books and reading has shown me that working in the publishing industry as an editor is exactly what I want to do with my life. Since then, I have secured an editing internship with Eirelander Publishing, and have applied to Southern New Hamphire University’s creative writing program.

Of course, there are some things about Theresa I wanted to know:

Rhi: What’s the coolest thing about working at a bookstore?

Theresa: Being surrounded by books all day, talking books all day, and opening the shipments from the distributor. It’s like Christmas! :)

Rhi: When you need some soulfood / comfort food in the form of books, which book is your go to book?

Theresa: That’s tough. Since I just rediscovered my love of reading last year, I haven’t read many books that resonated with me enough for a re-read (I almost never re-read a book). I still have books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series to read, so I guess I’ll go with those.

Rhi: What’s on the top of your TBR pile right now?

Theresa: I’m just about to finish Graveminder by Melissa Marr and what’s up next depends on my mood. My TBR is a literal mountain, taking up most of my desk at the moment. There are a few in the stack that I’m really looking forward to, though. The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and I still have to get to the Immortal Instruments series and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I have all of the books in both series, but can’t seem to find the time to read them!

Rhi: Do you prefer Indie or Trad Pubbed books?

Theresa: I honestly don’t prefer one over the other, but I do prefer print over ebooks.

Rhi: Favourite Genre of books?

Theresa: Everything paranormal, urban fantasy, or YA

Rhi: If you were shipped off to Mars to participate in a populate Mars program, which book would you read to help you on the journey?

Theresa: Hmmm… probably Across the Universe by Beth Revis since I haven’t gotten my mitts on that one yet, either!

Rhi: If Earth were invaded by aliens, and all they wanted to know was what books to read, which ones would you give them?

Theresa: I would say a nice, sweet, contemporary so that they would get the impression that humans are wonderful, but I don’t read books like that. LOL Honestly, I would have to ask my fellow bloggers for a good recommendation for this one.

Rhi: Can you tell us about one of your zaniest adventures?

Theresa: My life is so NOT interesting, though. LOL I’ve only been out of the state of Michigan once, and never really did anything as a child. While in Colorado, though, we took a ride to see a bit of the country and ended up at a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place. I really don’t remember if it was even a specific type of place, but it was like walking through a time warp into another world. There was a hand painted wooden sign hanging outside that read “ice cream”, so we ventured inside to get some. Walking through the door, we were greeted by an elderly lady. She was seated in a beat-up reclining chair, which was placed immediately in front of the counter. Her hair was in disarray and despite the heat, she had a crocheted afghan over her lap. Behind the counter was a man with crazy eyebrows, missing teeth, and a shine in his eyes that wasn’t quite normal. As we stood there, taking in the scene around us, our interest in ice cream waned. Without saying a word, we turned and left.

Rhi: What are you doing when you’re not reading, writing or shelving books?

Theresa: With five boys in this house, there is generally a game to watch. When the boys aren’t playing sports, I’m editing as an intern for Eirelander Publishing.

Rhi: You don’t have any bad habits do you? I mean you don’t dog ear pages do you? *gasp*

Theresa: Ack! Never! LOL My only bad habit would be probably be collecting more books than I have shelves for. I literally have stacks of books in almost every room of my house.

Rhi: What kinds of things do you look for in a really good book?

Theresa: For me to consider a book “really good”, it needs to have a strong character that I can relate to, an in-depth story, and fabulous world building. I like to be sucked into a different world when I read.

Rhi: If your life was an urban fantasy or a paranormal romance, would you be a vampire, werewolf, shapeshifter, witch, warlock, shadowhunter or I don’t know, insert type here?

Theresa: I would totally be a vampire. Super strength, no need to eat… I might even lose the 40 pounds I’ve gained since getting married! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog Theresa! If you kinfolk get a chance you should head over there and say hello!

Namaste,

P.S. If YOU want to be my next Kinfolk of the Moon feature, shoot me an e-mail, rhiannonpaille at gmail dot com!

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