Welcome back readers to our Friday edition of Meet the Editors! This Friday we are featuring senior Theresa Marten. You may know her by the many hats she wears on campus from Ministry to The Flyerettes and much, much more! Theresa is a senior English and Theology major. Dancing, eating strawberry ice cream, and thinking of ways to weave puns into everyday conversations are just a few of Theresa’s hobbies.
Her past four years have been filled with many leadership and travel opportunities, including being captain of the dance team, peer minister in the dorms, religion editor of The Flyer, and director of the Koinonia retreat. After graduation, Theresa will be taking a year off school to volunteer at a social justice organization before working toward a master’s degree in Theology. Let us welcome Theresa!
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
I’m Theresa Marten and I’m the Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor and Copy Editor at Jet Fuel Review.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Most of the books near my bed are the textbooks for all of my classes, but one I am especially fond of is my Anthology of Post-Modern Fiction.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I’m not sure if St. Paul is technically an author, but if I can choose anyone, I would pick him. Paul’s letters are some of my favorite to read and if I were to co-write with him, I feel like I would understand the intensity and longing to see Christ. I find Paul’s life and letters to different churches or small groups of people fascinating. I think together we could knock out a couple New York Times’ Bestsellers.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
A big comfy chair, giant mug of coffee, fuzzy socks, and a pen to write in the book.
What might your personal library look like?
I have a little bit of everything from my childhood favorite books such as The Giver or Chicken Soup for Soul to The Wish List by Eoin Colfer, and all the poetry and writing books I’ve saved from my college classes.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
Eragon, definitely. I loved the Inheritance series and I felt like the movie didn’t do justice to how cool it really is. Plus, I loved the back-and-forth between narrators in the book and how it tugs you through the narrative and leaves you hanging. I didn’t feel that tension in the movie. When I learned that the book was written when Christopher Paolini was only 19, I was even more impressed and thought about writing a book myself.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
For some reason, I’ve always loved The Wish List by Eoin Colfer. I love Meg as a character and how she gets revenge at the end. I just reread it this past winter and every time I feel like I recognize something new or understand a joke more. I don’t know many people who have read it, but I just have images from the book stuck in my head and I love revisiting them.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“Do I dare disturb the universe? In a minute there is time / For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I think it would be fun to meet Kate from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. I’ve read that play many times and have seen numerous adaptations, but I would love to sit and talk with the character. I feel like she would be spunky and interesting.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included).
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know Theresa. Make sure to come back next time to meet another editor!