Welcome back, readers! Today we’d like to introduce Sarah Ford, our Copy Editor and Assistant Fiction Editor. Sarah is an English major at Lewis University with a focus in writing. She loves to write any form, from novels to poems to plays, and practically anything where she’s allowed to be imaginative. In her free time, Sarah studies languages, the reasoning behind their structures and phonics, and how they all correlate. Read on to get to know Sarah a little better.
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Sarah Elizabeth Ford, and I am currently a Non-Fiction Editor and an Art & Design Assistant Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Unfortunately, the only books you’ll find on my nightstand as of now are for school assignments, including The Republic by Plato and Othello by Shakespeare. The former I am enjoying very much, but the latter is kind of a bum for me, which is disappointing because I love Shakespeare’s works more often than not.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I would pick Lisa Ann Sandell, though I haven’t read any of her recent works. Her works were very inspirational when I was in high school. Her diction was beautiful, the set-up of situations, the variations in her writing style and sentence length always struck me. I’m extremely detail oriented, and if something isn’t grammatically outstanding, I just can’t get through it. Sandell was the only author I could read and not have a correction to make on every page.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
I like reading areas completely separated from life. I can’t sit somewhere too comfy and warm or I’ll fall asleep, and it can’t be anywhere too beautiful or I’ll withdraw into myself, contemplating the nature of the beauty, what makes it beautiful, and all sorts of random things that I mull over for perhaps too long. So basically, silent, plain, and chilly.
What might your personal library look like?
My personal library is a slew of children’s book with random classic books like Little Women, practically every Jane Austen novel, and Shakespeare plays like Romeo and Juliet along with my favourite Much Ado About Nothing. I’m a book hoarder, honestly. I can’t imagine ever getting rid of a book, and if I hear that someone wants to discard their books, I want to collect as many of them as possible. It was my dream as a 5-year-old to have my own personal library like the one in Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, I was a strange child.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
Maybe not “re-make,” but I’d like to completely eliminate from existence the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudiced. It disgusts me when people say they love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudiced, and then they reference that barf. The movie is so different from the book that they really should have given it a different name. The reason I wouldn’t “re-make” this work is because a beautifully scripted and performed version of the book already exists. It’s the 1995 BBC version including the handsome Colin Firth and the brilliant Jennifer Ehle. There’s no other way to go. Who cares if it’s roughly 5 hours? Isn’t that what all fans of books want to see when their beloved tale turns into a cinema?
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
The dictionary. . . Okay, well maybe, maybe not. Honestly, there’s only been one book that I reread, and it’s only because I can’t remember why I like it after a few years. Something tells me it’s not that impressive. I like reading works that are new to me. I would like to say Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights but I haven’t had time to finish them, sadly.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
I just love J.R.R. Tolkien’s quote “Not all those who wander are lost.” It really defines my chaotic life-choices, and it’s just so comforting.
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I think anyone from the realm of Lord of the Rings who isn’t evil, so excluding the Witch King, Sauron, Saruman, orcs, the Uruk-Hai, Gollum, and the like. I’d also love to have tea with the Mad Hatter. I adore his bizarre delusion of a reality.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included).
The Oxford English Dictionary, the Grimm Faerytales (unabridged versions), Much Ado About Nothing, Spoon River’s Anthology, and Manhunt by James L. Swanson.
Thanks for getting to know Sarah, and we’ll be back next week to talk to you about another one of our editors.
-Jet Fuel Review Assistant Blog Editor, Kelly Lyons