Last spring, Whitney put together a fun post on who would be in her Imaginary Book Club.
While it’s fun to speculate about all our fantasy book club members, we always want to give you the chance to know a bit more about the folks who make up the Imaginary Book Club community.
Each month we’ll be profiling one of our writers or contributors with a fun Q&A post. Feel free to chat them up in the comments. We love that.
Now let’s get into it!
Nicole’s in your Imaginary Book Club!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in a wonderful part of the world known as Wales (UK), and if I’m honest I find it hard to call anywhere else home.
Have you always been a voracious reader?
As far as I can remember, yes. Someone with a better memory might contradict me on this but I’ve always loved reading, holing myself up in my room with a book. I think my serious appetite for fiction kicked in when I was a teenager though. I thought that if I read enough books and pretended school didn’t exist it would eventually disappear. It didn’t but I read some pretty great stories, so I’m not bitter (mostly).
What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?
My most recent post covered 5 books! It was a wrap up of 5 Perfect Romantic Reads.
What was your favorite memory from childhood about a book?
My dad reading Tom’s Midnight Garden to me and my brother. I just remember the excitement of cuddling up in bed to hear the next chapter and the disappointment when we got to the end of it and he wouldn’t read any more. His reading voice used to make me laugh.
Who is your most favorite character and why?
I keep trying to narrow it down to one and then I remember another character that is too good. I really love Minnie from The Help, she’s gloriously sassy and fiercely loyal but she’s also vulnerable and kind. Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower is the little brother I’ve always wanted- he’s so insightful but naïve. I want to take him under my wing the way Sam and Patrick do. Oh and Bridget Jones, she is just the sort of person you want to go for a drink with. I can’t stop smirking when I read her diary entries.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
I would love to be writing in some shape or form, but making my way into publishing is the dream.
Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
I’m working on a short story collection at the moment. I would love to write a novel someday- I’m just waiting for the idea to hit me (hopefully not too hard).
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- The Bell Jar
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I’ve always been annoyed that Jane Austen had the audacity to be born three hundred years before me. I think we would have been best friends. A lot of people probably say that but I think we’d have so much fun drinking tea and writing together.
What book are you about to start reading?
I’ve just started the first chapter of Ali Smith’s ‘The Accidental’.
What book do you know that you will never read?
I’m going to say it- 50 Shades of Grey. My entire body cringes thinking about it.
Sleep in or get up early?
You know, I think I’m awkwardly torn between the two. I love the feeling of getting up early and being productive but I’m lazy by nature so I will huddle under my covers until the last possible moment.
When people walk really slowly in front of you but barricade your path so you spend a lifetime waiting for the moment you can finally walk around them.
If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to rent a cabin in the mountains and just fill a suitcase with books and TV boxsets and shut myself away for two weeks. Maybe a writing retreat, just the thought of a writing retreat makes me feel more zen.
What are 5 items you never leave home without.
My scarf (even in the summer)
White wine or red?
Red wine, all the way
Coffee or tea?
As a British person I feel like there’s only one answer to this question. I’ve never been a coffee drinker- tea is in the blood!
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
I am definitely a vanilla ice cream fan, but I like to accessorize it with caramel sauce. That’s a winning combination.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I am completely and irrevocably in love with Parks & Recreations. I have binged watched the entire seven seasons over the past few weeks and my only regret is that there aren’t more for me to watch. It’s just flawless. I think I’m my own weird mix of Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson.
What scares you?
Failure- I waste a lot of time worrying that I’m going to get things wrong or they won’t be good enough.
Where can we STALK you?
Thanks for sharing Nicole! We look forward to more of your posts. You can read all of Nicole’s posts here.