5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH DANIELLE REED AKA THE GIRL GENIUS

  1. What’s the worst thing about writing?

Looking for a perfect word.

  1. Have you read any good books about writing, or do you stay away from such things?

My favorite by far is Stephen King’s “On Writing”—yes THAT Stephen King! Brilliant book. And “Elements of Style” which I own several copies of.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using as many power verbs as possible.

Affirming. Evoking. Restoring.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

When I figured out what I could actually do with it. Outsiders have a very narrow view of what poetry is/should be. It’s a powerful thing to be able to change the perception. The fact that you can take old forms and modern topics and build them into something meaningful—you can do this ad infinitum and never come up with the same thing twice.

  1. What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?

Alice in Wonderland. It’s my absolute favorite book. I’ve had various copies over the years. Surface level it’s a child’s tale about daydreaming but dig in it a bit and you find all sorts of layers and nuance. I also appreciate the words themselves—this book introduced a ton of words into the English language.

Bonus question: If you won a trip anywhere in the known, unknown, and fictional universe(s), where would you go and what would be your first item of business once you arrived?

Um… offhand I’d say the South Pacific—more specifically Tahiti. First thing I’d do is breathe. No, seriously—a good way to get a sense of place is to breathe the air. It’ll always smell different from home.

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Curiouser and curiouser.  Come out and chat with Danielle Reed, aka the Girl Genius about Alice in Wonderland and Stephen King at Writers & Words on Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm at Charmington’s.  Our winter break has lasted much longer than we anticipated (stupid snow) and we are stoked to be back!

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