I have done a few interviews on some book blogs in the last few months and have always enjoyed it. But then I thought, what would I say in an interview as a reader? Solution? Interview myself!
Today we sit down with Leon Stevens, the reader. We haven’t chatted for a while, how have you been?
-I’m doing well, thanks for asking!
-Oh, yes please.
[clinking of fine china teacups]
When you want me to stop pouring.
-Can’t you tell when it’s full?
Well then, enough of the small talk. Let’s get started, shall we? First question:
What was the first book that you remember reading?
-Wow, that’s a great question.
I thought it was.
-I guess if I try to remember all the way back, I’d have to say, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
That’s the one with all the holes in the pages through the apples.
-Yup. I think that I got my finger stuck in one of them.
I think we all did.
Any others worth mentioning?
-I do recall reading Curious George, Pippi Longstocking, Hardy Boys, and I liked pop-up books. Oh, and the Highlights magazines.
Next Question: What was the first book that fascinated you?
-That’s an easy one, A Wrinkle in Time.
Why that one?
-My fifth-grade teacher read it to us. I looked forward to that time. He was a great reader, and I was sad when the book ended. It was a kind of a dark adventure for that age group.
Did you like reading?
-I didn’t dislike it, but I wasn’t a voracious reader.
Were you encouraged to read?
-I think so. My dad would read to me at bedtime. He would make space stories for me. I later found out, when I started reading science fiction on my own, that many of those stories were ones he had read before. I don’t fault him for it. It was funny reading a story and thinking, “Hey, Dad didn’t make that up!”
Do you have a favorite genre, or do you have a variety of interests?
- I usually read science fiction, and I prefer the older works over new. I do enjoy historical non-fiction, especially about explorers. I do enjoy some fantasy from time to time, as well as crime dramas.
What book have you re-read the most?
-I would have to say, Klondike by Pierre Burton, followed by Alive by Piers Paul Read, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
-Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.
Any newer books that I might know that you have enjoyed?
-Umm, you know the same books I do.
I suppose that’s true…Well?
-Ready Player One and The Martian would be the most recent. But again, you knew that.
Have you ever not finished a book?
Care to throw it under the bus?
-Nope. Not fair to the authors. Sometimes a book just doesn’t fit with the reader.
I understand. Well then, last question: What will you be reading next?
-I’m waiting for you to finish your science fiction book.
It’s getting there, don’t rush me.
-I’m just yankin’ your chain, I’ve liked what I have read so far.
Thanks. I appreciate that.
-I knew you would.
I knew that you knew that I would.
-I’m not playing that game.
I guess we are done then. It has been a pleasure interviewing you.
-Well, thank you. It was fun! We should do this again.
[sounds of shaking hands (which doesn’t sound like anything…)]