What books did you read when you were a child?
I was absolutely obsessed with this book by Richard Bach called Illusions, which was about a man in a biplane who was a reluctant messiah who gets shot at the end of the book. I totally wanted to be a messiah who took a bullet for Bono and brought peace to Ireland. Sadly, I failed to do this, but it was my ten-year-old dream.
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I would be Gandalf because I would really like to have that magnificent beard and also be able to say things such as, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us,” and “For even the very wise cannot see all ends," but most especially, “You cannot pass.” That would rock, honestly.
What is the best thing about reading?
The ability to live another’s story. You can be anyone, do anything, and all in your pyjamas.
What is your all-time favourite book?
I hate to play favourites because it’s totally like trying to pick your favourite puppy! But also because it constantly changes. It might be The Hobbit at breakfast because I want a second breakfast, a Wrinkle in Time at noon, The Trials of Apollo at 5pm. when I’m bored of my day and longing for adventure and then The Sorcerer’s Stone at bedtime because I want something comforting.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talking to them is important and teaching them to listen to the clues behind the words might be the most important thing of all.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My little hobbit of a dad couldn’t read well. He stopped school when he was ten and it took him a whole year to read my first book when it was published. He taught me how important reading and writing are to your self-confidence. He was so super smart, but he never believed he was because he was such a poor writer.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
Oh, gosh. I don’t know if I ever actively encouraged my girls to read, but I always read. From the moment they were born, we’d plop them on laps and read to them. I think that when you making reading a special, focused time where you are happy together, it encourages them that books and stories are happy, safe places that they yearn to go back to.
Carrie Jones is the internationally and New York Times bestselling author of the Need series. She will write on anything, napkins, body parts, walls, as long as she can get the story out. Her latest book Time Stoppers is out now.
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