On your nightstand now: The Black Box, Michael Connelly; The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, Carmel Harrington; Ireland’s Forgotten Past, Turtle Bunbury; The Last Bathing Beauty, Amy Sue Nathan; Indigo Girl, Natasha Boyd; The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, Otto Penzler (Ed.)
Favorite book when you were a child: Disney Book of Fairy Tales.
Your top five authors: Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Alexandre Dumas, Edward Rutherford, Frank Delaney… I could go on forever!
Book you’ve faked reading: Countless textbooks in college.
Book you’re an evangelist for: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O’Donohue.
Book you’ve bought for the cover: Um, okay I confess: Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt, Suzi Parker.Never even read it. Put it with “The Book of Virtues” on my bookshelf for decorating. Haha. Just a little private joke.
Book you hid from your parents: Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert. Then I discovered that my mother had it, too.
Book that changed your life: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith. When I was a pre-teen, it taught me that anything is possible when you make your own choices.
Favorite line from a book: Tie between: “My dear, I don’t give a damn” and “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Five books you’ll never part with: The Bible my parents gave me when I was ten, my mom’s 1938 copy of Gone With the Wind, my childhood set of fairy tales, my first ever published book that no one ever heard of (Homecoming Queen), and – seriously – Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola by Elizabeth Candler Graham. Try the Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake. Oh, yum!
Book you most want to read again for the first time: The Wild Rose, Jennifer Donnelly. (Her Rose Trilogy.)