It’s Friday once again, so please help me in introducing another new editor. This week we feature Kayla Chambers, who is our new Layout Editor, as well as an Assistant Fiction/Non-fiction Editor.
Kayla Chambers is a junior at Lewis University and began as a Communications major. Since then, she’s decided to double major with English as a secondary. While she joined the Jet Fuel Review staff in early 2017, this will be her second year working as a layout editor for The Flyer, the university’s newspaper. Her work was published in the 2015 issue of the Windows Fine Arts Magazine. She spends her free time with family members and reads news articles and videos on current events. She also loves watching and reading anything along the lines of mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Thus, a love for Pretty Little Liars, Invader Zim, The X-Files, Agatha Christie, and anything related to Sherlock Holmes has sprouted over the years.
Below is our Q&A with Kayla:
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Kayla and I work as a Layout Editor as well as an Assistant Art, Fiction, and Non-fiction Editor for Jet Fuel Review.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
You’d definitely find a book within the mystery or supernatural genre. Right now one of the books on my nightstand is The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
It’s hard to pick one person, but I’d probably work with a mystery writer like Louise Penny. Her use of language is beautiful. She could help me further develop my style and characterization.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
I usually wait until everyone in my house is asleep since I live in my basement and hear all that goes on upstairs. So, silence, a comfortable spot on my futon, and a plate of food — preferably tacos or pasta — are perfect reading conditions for me.
What might your personal library look like?
Normally, my books are piled on my bed if I’m reading them, or they’re stashed in my bookcase. I’ll put candles, plants, and little Invader Zim figurines among the shelves too. Currently, I’m in the process of moving homes, so sadly enough a lot of books are stashed in boxes.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
This is a hard question, as I usually only read the book or only watch the movie, but I’d remake If I Stay. The movie’s ending was pretty cliché and abrupt, even more so than the book’s ending.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
I can reread the Sherlock Holmes stories over and over. Sherlock is a cynically funny character, which is my style of humor. I appreciate the elements of romance that Arthur Conan Doyle puts into some of the stories and the fact that I can hardly ever solve the mysteries.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“McPherson, if you know anything about faces, look at mine. How singularly innocent I look this morning. Have you ever seen such candid eyes?” — Waldo Lydecker, Laura
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
I’d want to meet Mona from the TV show Pretty Little Liars. I think she would have all the answers the audience is looking for, and I have been waiting forever for the conclusion to the show. There’s also a ton of side mysteries and loose ends that may be not tied up by the end of the show, so I’d love to speak to Mona for the inside scoop.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Invader Zim (show & comics)
Star Wars franchise
Laura directed by Otto Preminger
Be sure to check back next Friday to meet another new editor. Have a fantastic weekend!