Author Interview: Roy Pickering
I would like to introduce Author Roy Pickering, the winner of the B.R.A.G Medallion, for his book, “Patches of Grey”.
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Roy, thank you for the pleasure of this interview. First I would like to ask you questions about your interests in reading. What are you currently reading and what do you plan on reading next?
Thank you, Stephanie. I’ve just started Tinkers by Paul Harding. One of my reading goals is to notch as many Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners as possible, so Tinkers will move that along. My progress is being charted at my blog A Line A Day: http://lineaday.blogspot.com/2009/03/pulitzer-prize.html
Lately I’ve been plowing through my To Read List via trips to the library, but I happen to own an autographed copy of Tinkers that was won in a contest. Next up I plan to check out Pym by Mat Johnson, unless another title grabs my attention and jumps ahead of it in the never-ending line.
Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh or makes you cry? Or one that teaches you something or that distracts you?
Out of every 10 books I read I’d say 8 – 9 of them will be in the “teaches you” category and 1 – 2 will be a “distraction” read to change up the pace. The best books will make me both laugh and cry, but finding a novel that makes me laugh consistently throughout is a somewhat rare feat. The gold standard is Portnoy’s Complaint. Laugh out loud humor is difficult to put on paper and I bow down to anyone who can pull it off on a regular basis.
What were your favorite books as a child?
My transition from beloved kid books by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume and Donald Sobol to novel for adults began with Jules Verne. I didn’t remain strictly a Sci-Fi reader or stick with any other genre for that matter. As a teen I became fixated on certain authors for a time, such as Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King. Part of my maturing process was realizing that great books/authors are all over the place, so best to mix it up. The purpose of my journey in reading is now simply to
move from one great book to the next. I find the majority of them within the confines of so called Literary Fiction, but wonderful
novels can be found in and out of all the genres so I’m always jumping around.