In our final Meet the Editors post this semester, we are happy to have yet another Fiction & Nonfiction Editor to introduce you to, so please welcome Eryn Stochelski.
Eryn is currently a junior majoring in English and minoring in creative and professional writing. Her conflicting loves of English and medicine confuse her on a daily basis, but she is so far handling it by reading novels during her breaks at her healthcare job. She enjoys writing, reading, swimming, blogging, and obsessing over people in white coats. Some of her favorite genres are fantasy, thriller, young adult, classics, and re-tellings. If she’s not busy trying to figure out which path to pursue, you can find her reading at a café, studying herbalism and medicine, or jogging at night.
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
Hi all, I’m Katherine Stochelski, better known as Eryn. I am a volunteer at Jet Fuel Review, and my role is primarily as a Fiction Editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Currently, I’m reading Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood, and J.R.R Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
Oh, this is a hard question. But I would probably have to say Donna Tart. She’s not my favorite author (even though I love her writing), but she’s someone I could learn a lot from. The way she describes everything through her writing — so effortless and yet, so beautifully planned out — is pure magic.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
If I want to be inside, then next to the roaring fireplace and large window in my living room. If I want to be outside, then in the woods outside our cabin home in Zakopane, Poland. Preferably right after its rained — it always smells so nice.
What might your personal library look like?
The “library” I have right now is pretty decent — really, it’s just my bedroom — however, it’s two-leveled so I can store more books around me and in my loft, need be. Therefore, I feel like I’m surrounded by friends all the time! Ideally, I would like to have a separate room just for my thousands of books; but that can wait a few years.
If you could remake a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
Oh, goodness. I’m going to have to say…Twilight? I don’t watch too many movies, but this happened to be one I watched after reading the book. Now, the book wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be; however, the movie was downright terrible.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
I have many books/series I can reread, since I love finding things I missed from prior reads. However, the first two pieces of literature that come to mind are: Harry Potter and The Infernal Devices.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature or poetry.”
—Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
—Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Honestly, William Herondale. I’ve read an ample amount books and have connected to countless characters; however, Will remains to be one of the few that continuously makes me laugh. I swear, even though I know exactly what he’s going to do or say, I always end up laughing.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
Straight up, I don’t have a “top five” list of books. Rather, I have a compiled list of 5-star reads which have made lasting impressions on me — and it’s much longer than five books. However, the first five books that come to mind are:
- The Secret History by Donna Tart
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- Dracula byBram Stoker
- Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
This concludes our short series for this semester, but be sure to come back in the fall to hear from other new editors!