Hello, dear readers! Welcome back to another installment of Meet the Editors. Today we are featuring Symone McCoy, our Communications and Media Editor and Assistant Marketing and Development Editor. Symone McCoy is a senior at Lewis University. Her major is English with a concentration in both creative and professional writing. In Symone’s free time she loves riding her bike, reading books, and watching television. Some of her favorite shows include Sherlock, True Detective, Awkward, Catfish, and Breaking Bad. Also when she isn’t studying or watching TV, Symone is happily tackling George R.R. Martin’s, A Song of Fire and Ice series. We hope you enjoy getting to know Symone!
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Symone McCoy, and I am currently the Communications and Media Editor as well as an Assistant Marketing and Development Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I would love to work with Neil Gaiman, so I could understand and explore his creative thought process. Working with him would help me to cultivate my writing skills and would give me the opportunity find out what inspires him to create such rich and captivating characters.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
I can read almost anywhere, but if I had to choose one of my favorite places to settle down with a book, it would have to be curled up at home in my favorite chair.
What might your personal library look like?
My personal library would have wall to floor bookshelves covering every square inch of the room, with one of those fun looking ladders with wheels that moves along the wall, just for kicks. Also I would love to include a reading nook, like the one in Jane Eyre, with a curtain for extra coziness.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
It would probably have to be the 2011 production of Jane Eyre because they depicted the story in a non-linear fashion, which I felt was confusing and hard to follow for some viewers who were not already familiar with the story. I feel that the plot could have drawn in a greater audience if the story was told a bit differently.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”- Audrey Hepburn
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I would love to meet with Sherlock Holmes so he could teach me a few of his detective skills and talk to me about some of his most interesting cases.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included).
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
2. A Mercy by Toni Morison
3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
5. The Harry Potter Series
Thanks for getting to know another one of our amazing editors! Be sure to stop by next week to check out the last Meet the Editors feature of this semester. I may or may not be personally offended if you don’t (hint: it’s me!).
— Kelly Lyons, Assistant Blog Editor