Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?
Favorite books were . .
.and in many ways still are, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
series. This bit of early American history in the form of these stories still
captivate me these many years later.
An author or book that inspired you?
One author of non
fiction that inspired me and still does to this day is Rachel Carson. Her early
writings (SILENT SPRING, UNDER THE SEA WIND and others) were a real
introduction for me to the decaying state of our planet due to pollution of our
air and water supplies and the need to conserve and protect our precious
natural resources. Carson was one of the very first ‘activists’ to write on this subject and has inspired generations of
readers and citizens to think globally about our planet.
What do you love about working in publishing?
Modern book publishing
and all of its genres allows me to share my passion for books and literature
with all of those groups with whom I come in contact. That would include other
readers, booksellers, librarians, teachers and students who are looking for
answers to their own situations through literature. Having been a former retail
bookseller myself, nothing gives me more pleasure than putting the right book
in a person’s hand and learning of the satisfaction that it has brought to
What makes you laugh out loud?
I’m not apologizing for this, but any form of
slapstick comedy . . . whether from a classic movie or a current TV show makes
me not only laugh out loud, but sometimes snort like a bull . . . you know that
sound you sometimes make when you are bent over with laughter and are trying to
inhale air at the same time! At a dinner party once, many years ago, I actually
said something that one of my friend’s thought was so hysterical, that he
actually almost had the spaghetti he was eating come out of his nose! This
could of turned tragic . . . but fortunately did not. The 15 year old boy inside
my aging body is still very much alive and well!
What’s your favorite song?
A classic Latin hymn composed by Cesar Franck, called
Panis Angelicus (Angelic Bread or Angel Bread) remains my #1 favorite piece,
classical or pop, because of it’s humbling beauty and simple message or
devotion and honesty and living as humbly as possible. It is a piece that is
often hear at mass, wedding receptions and other spiritually enlightening
gatherings. When sung properly by a male tenor voice, it moves me to tears . .
.as does Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro ( O My Beloved Father)! I’m such a sap!
It doesn’t take much for me to turn on the waterworks!! Call me a sentimental
romantic . . . hence my SwoonReads connection.