Hot Fun in the Summertime

(Sly and the Family Stone reference today. Just seemed fitting, that’s all.)

Every weekday at work, I receive an e-mail called Shelf Awareness that keeps me up-to-date on book news, new releases, movies and TV shows that are coming out based on books, etc. As a librarian, this is invaluable to keep us on top of what patrons might be asking for.

An occasional feature of Shelf Awareness is a “spotlight” section called Book Brahmin. This section highlights new authors, or established authors with new books coming out.

Just for fun, I thought I might do my own Book Brahmin “interview”, using the questions from the latest installment as the basis.

Enjoy!

Book Brahmin: David Emprimo

David Emprimo is a continuing education student at Life University, where he is earning his Ph.D. in “Growing Up, Growing Old, and How to Deal with It.” He lives in East Texas, where he works at a public library. His new book, All That Remains will be released by SmashWords, CreateSpace, and Kindle Direct Publishing sometime in 2013. On your nightstand now:
My Kindle, which contains about 100 or so books at any given time, including the complete Murder She Baked series by Joanne Fluke, a lot of Stephen King, Umberto Eco, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and a ton of biographies/autobiographies. One or two real books make appearances there, mainly biographies or books about music, movies or comedy.

Favorite book when you were a child:
Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells when I was really young, The Kids’ Candidate by Jonah Kalb when I was a young teenager.

Your top five authors:
In no particular order: Umberto Eco, Stephen King, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joanne Fluke and Mick Foley.

Umm… Mick Foley?
Yep.

Book you’ve faked reading:
The Scarlet Letter.

Books you’re an evangelist for:
Probably either The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, or The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Although I do feel a particular need to defend Mick Foley as an author. The man can write, and he knows how to tell a story in a way that totally immerses the reader.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:
I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book just for the cover. I’ve browsed a few because of the cover, but I always read some of it before I decide to buy it.

Book that changed your life:
On Writing by Stephen King.

Favorite line from a book:
Not a line, but a passage. From The Body, by Stephen King:

“The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seem limitless when they were in your head, to no more than living size when they’re brought out.

But it’s more than that, isn’t it?  The most important things lie too close to where your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away.  And you make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried when you were saying it.  That’s the worst, I think.  When the secret stays locked within, not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.”

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn. I really wish this was available — text only — for the Kindle. There is an official PDF version available, but it’s over 1GB in size! While I appreciate Emilie’s devotion to her artwork, it was the text that drew me into the story, not the artwork.

What’s next?
Back to Newtonberg again. I’m doing research for a few story ideas right now. Probably another collection of short stories unless one of them just screams to be told as a standalone novel. We’ll see what happens when I start writing.

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