Hello, everyone, and welcome to another installment of “Meet the Editors.” Today, we feature Linda Strahl. Linda graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Lewis University. She is currently a volunteer poetry editor for Jet Fuel Review, as it is the catalyst to her ongoing pursuit to join the publishing field. To keep her writing fresh, she is currently working on integrating old classics with more present superstitions and fads, while also keeping her own word journal, and Evernote app on hand. To keep her finger dexterity, she knits, and practices piano.
We asked Linda some questions, which were developed by Melissa Carrington, and here’s what she had to say:
1. Who are you and what is your role in Jet Fuel Review?
I am Linda K Strahl and I am a Poetry Editor at large.
2. What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Well I always find myself reading writing strategy books. “Thinking Write” is a new favorite, and I have been reading the unabridged journal of Sylvia Plath as well.
3. If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
Well I would really like have a brain child with Veronica Roth, but before Veronica hit the YA scene I really interested in collaborating with Anne Bishop. Both authors can write a story that an audience can just fall into. I envy that.
4. Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
Oh gosh, there are so many ways to read a book. Curled up in a chair at a tea shop. Underneath covers after a long day. Next to a fire with the family dog poking his nose at my hands. Granted I do switch from book to nook every other story.
5. What might your personal library look like?
Well more than half of my library is digitized but the physical bookshelves have stack of spines going in different directions, piling on top of each other and sideways. Three different sections categorized under, “Writing strategies,” “Anthropology,” and “Science fiction fantasy.” It’s mayhem and someday I hope to have a room big enough to let the collection grow.
6. If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
It would probably be “Dune” (1984) but that happened in 2000 and 2003. So I would go with “His Dark Materials” series by Philip Pullman. They (meaning everyone involved) really butchered that masterpiece of a series.
7. What piece of literature can you read over and over again?
Anne Bishop’s “Dark Jewel Series” I’ve never really stopped reading that series.
8. Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
I am the shadout mapes, the housekeeper.
9. If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Well it would probably be tea. As for character, gosh probably Jaenelle Angelline, Karla and Surreal SaDiablo. Yes they are a part of Anne Bishop’s series. These three women are strong rounded characters that show how a chip on your shoulder can make you so much stronger than those who never had a bad day. Granted all three of them had traumatic pasts that were filled with death, but they decided it would be better to rid their world of the wrong, rather than hide from all of it. I want to create characters like them.
10. Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included)
I have always had a love for the Dystopian everything mentioned has its own versions of societies disintegrating. Those stories just make so much sense to me. As for favorites they are really series. Sevenwaters Series (Marillier), Dark Jewels Series (Bishop) (lets include the Shalador Series there too), Divergent Series (Roth), Kingkiller Chronicles (Rothfuss), Sherlock Holmes Series (Doyle). Yes, I cheated mainly because it’s unfair to minimize the amount of books that have impacted my life in so many different ways. And I didn’t even list “His Dark Materials” (Pullman) or “Troy Game Series” (Douglas) or “The Symphony of Ages” (Hayden) all of which are my teen years favorites.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed getting to know Linda! We should have another one of these posts for you soon. In the meantime, you can check out our previous question-and-answer sessions right here.
-Jet Fuel Review Assistant Blog Editor, Melissa Carrington