Did you have a favorite picture book as a kid? I had several! Put Me In the Zoo and Jellybeans for Breakfast are just a couple of them. Today’s guest author, Tabitha Bouldin, read her favorite book so many times she could barely see the words! Keep reading to find out more about the books that inspired Tabitha then and now:
Thank you so much for being her today! Looking back, what was your favorite picture book as a child?
I remember reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff until the book was so worn out we could barely make out the words anymore. My sister taught me to read using that book before I ever started school. I loved the troll under the bridge. He was always my favorite character.
Wow! You clearly loved that story. After that story, what was the first book you read that you couldn’t put down?
I can’t promise this is the actual first book that I couldn’t put down, but it is one of the most memorable. It was The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. The Elfstones of Shannara gave me my first taste of fantasy, and it hooked me. I’ve read almost every book by Terry Brooks since then, and since he’s still writing, I’m still reading.
What was the last book you read that you couldn’t put down? Why?
Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble. It seems that all of her books pull me in and refuse to let me go until the last page is done. She has a way of writing that makes me identify with the characters, drawing me into their world so that I am invested in the outcome. She is also the first Christian Fiction author that I read.
I’ve heard that Collen Coble creates some memorable characters. Which do you prefer: character-drive fiction or plot-driven fiction? Why?
I prefer character-driven fiction. I like for characters to drive the story where it’s meant to be. The plot is important, but natural human reactions and interactions mean more to me when reading.
Speaking of characters, if you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
Just because I think it would be a boatload of fun, I would have dinner with the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
What book are you most looking forward to reading next?
The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright. I’ve read her first two novels and I love the darkness in her writing. The characters are always unique and I know there will be unexpected twists to the story.
Let’s talk about your books for a second. If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would you pick? Who would cast as the main characters?
I would probably turn my first book, Trial by Courage, into a movie. I would choose Sandra Bullock and Hugh Jackman as my main characters. They would both do well in the roles that I have created.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for allowing me to participate on your blog. I enjoyed the questions!
Tabitha Boulding was born, raised, and still lives in the same small town in middle Tennessee. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she has been writing for nearly five years but only recently began publishing her work. After working for ten years as a nurse, prayers were answered that gave her the chance to be a stay-at-home mom and the time to homeschool her two boys. Her books are meant to encourage others through the trials of life. While the stories are fiction, they come from situations that many of us face.
Two years after Cheyenne saw him shot while in active duty with the military, Kane is finally home for good. He is on his way to pay Cheyenne a visit when a catastrophe throws him together with Faith Graystone. Faith needs to get home. Her two boys are counting on her to come back, but the road is impassable. Kane can get her home, but what will happen once they get there?