There is nothing in the world like that little frisson you feel around books. Sometimes you get it in a library or bookshop, looking at shelves upon shelves of books, knowing you could pick up any one of them. Other times it’s just you and a single book, old and much-loved or brand new and full of possibility.
There’s nothing like knowing a story’s about to take you away to somone else’s life, or another world–to take you on an adventure, thrill you, scare you, excite you, make you gasp or cry or grin like an idiot.
When I was in grade six, my school librarian was Mrs. Amiet. She was amazing. She caught us up in stories, read to us, took us to see a huge range of authors and always knew the book that was right for you. I loved her library with all my heart.
One day she told me that despite loving every book in her library, she did have a desert island book–it was an omnibus edition of The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper, holding all five books. In November that year, my friend Stacey gave me what I believe was my first ever book voucher, for the whopping sum (in those days) of $20. I knew exactly what I wanted.
It turned out Mrs. Amiet was dead right, as usual. The books were AMAZING. The characters shifted back and forth between our world and one populated by Arthurian legend, dodging innocent parents and spending school holidays fighting the Dark, with life and death stakes. I love every book in the series, but every Christmas without fail I haul out my battered old omnibus edition, fat and frayed with tissue-thin pages, and re-read The Dark Is Rising.
To celebrate the six-month countdown to 2013, a group of authors with debut books coming out next year have banded away to give away books taht have influenced our journeys. Click through for the chance to win a HUGE haul!
In other news:
- With SKYLARK available on 1 August, there are ARCs, swag and pre-orders up for grabs! Click here for details!
I’ve been blogging on Pub(lishing) Crawl about:
- Finding Time To Write: Making Hard Choices
- 3 steps For Taking Your Writing To The Next Level
- WWMCD: Creating Depth And Motivation In Your Characters