Hello, readers! Fall is here and it’s time to break out those jackets! We are near the end of our “Meet the Editor” series, and this week we have Andrea Holm.
Andrea Holm is a senior at Lewis University. She is majoring in psychology and double minoring in sociology and professional writing. Her goal is to earn a PhD in clinical psychology and become a mental health doctor. She is a member of the Lewis University women’s cross country and track and field team, participating in middle distance events. This is her first year working for the Jet Fuel Review, and she has chosen to help out as Fiction Editor and Copy Editor. Outside the world of Lewis, she spends time riding her four horses, as it is a very therapeutic hobby and something she is passionate about.
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
I am Andrea Holm, and I am a senior at Lewis University. My role in the Jet Fuel Review is Fiction Editor and Copy Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
You will find zero books on my night stand right now, besides my textbooks for all the classes I am taking right now. Some of the required texts include “Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, “Last Chance in Texas” by John Hubner, and “the Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. It is difficult to find time to read for leisure during the school year, but these are some of the books I will be reading throughout the course of the semester.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
If I had the chance to co-write with one author, I would choose Emma Donoghue. This is because I really enjoyed her novel, Room, which has been turned into a movie (the movie was awesome too). Donoghue is a very talented fiction writer, yet what I enjoy most is that her fiction is still applicable to real life events. Donoghue lives in England, Ireland, and Canada, so co-writing with her would allow me to visit parts of the world I have never seen, as well as parts of the world where English originated. Although I have never met Donoghue, her bright red hair gives me the impression that she is spunky and spontaneous and would be a pleasure to work with!
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
The perfect reading atmosphere would be somewhere quiet! I prefer to read in my bed, cocooned within all my blankets and pillows. That way, once my eyes get tired from reading, I am already prepared for a nap. I like when the lights are dim so that I can light every Yankee Candle in my room, putting off the fragrance of fresh baked vanilla cupcakes.
What might your personal library look like?
My personal library is somewhat bare, as my friends and I do a lot of book swapping. When I was younger, I had every Judy B. Jones book that Barbara Park wrote. After I read every single one of those, I moved on to horse books since I was a child obsessed with horses. I read every book in the series of Thoroughbred. When I got older, I started reading a lot of mystery novels such as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Room, and If I Stay. Aside from the mystery novels, I have gotten into non-fiction because I enjoy living vicariously through other people’s lives who are more interesting than me, such as the main character in Unbroken by Barbara Park.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
If I could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, I would choose the movie Unbroken. The book describes so vividly the conditions that prisoners of war (POWs) experienced during World War II, and the movie does a poor job of illustrating that. It makes it appear as if the POWs were living the good life when they were actually neglected, abused, starved, and left for dead. Furthermore, the movie leaves out some of the most important facts on how Louis Zamporini became a famous Olympian! The movie does not even mention what it was that set him apart from other runners or why he was so special to the world of running. Thus, if I were to “re-make” the movie, I would give this war hero/survivor the credit he is due and really expand upon his accomplishments as an athlete.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
I am not sure if this counts, but I can reread inspirational quotes over and over again. I feel that inspirational quotes can be applied to all different moods and hardships that one faces, and it is always encouraging to read a quote and gain some hope or strength from it. I feel that if you read a quote more than once, you get more out of it the more you read it. You start to believe it to be true, the more you read it. You think back to it in times of despair.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.” – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
If I were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, it would be Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series because she is one of my first real women role models encompassing power, strength, defiance, and resilience. I am a sociology minor, and I strongly believe in equal rights, feminism, and justice. Everdeen definitely appeals to my sociology side as she questions the society she lives in, stands up to the control of the dictator, and brings power to the people. I just think she is a badass and would be a great coffee date. Maybe she could also braid my hair and teach me how to shoot a bow-and-arrow!
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
- Twelve Years a Slave
- Pursuit of Happyness
- Grey’s Anatomy (currently on season 3)
- The Martian
Join us next week for another editor!