Meet the Editors: Madeline Brzeczek

Hello again! For our second entry to the Meet the Editors series for the Fall semester, we present our prose editor, assistant art and design editor, and copy editor— Madeline Brzeczek. They are excited to be in Jet Fuel Review, and here is some more about them:

Madeline Brzeczek is a senior at Lewis University, majoring in English Studies with minors in Creative Writing and Art with the goal of becoming an author. They are also a tutor at the Lewis Writing Center. Madeline spends most of their time knitting scarves and marathoning bad horror movies with friends, usually at the same time. They collect antique goblets and are a proud parent to many house plants. Their favorite book is Reckless by Cornelia Funke, Madeline’s favorite author and inspiration to start writing. Their favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, and horror. They prefer the realm of imagination to real life. Madeline enjoys writing short stories and poetry, and was recently published in Lewis Voices and Disquiet Arts literary magazine.

Below is our Q&A with Brzeczek:

-Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?

I am new to Jet Fuel Review, and I am here for my publishing practicum class. I am an assistant fiction and non-fiction editor, assistant art and design editor, and copy editor. 

-What book might we find on your nightstand right now?

Right now, my film textbook is on my nightstand because I do not have much time to read for fun anymore.

-If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?

Cornelia Funke. Since I was a child, she has been my favorite author, and her books inspired me to pursue creative writing. It would be cool to co-author a book with her and get to write adventures in her fantasy realm.

-Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.

In the morning, in my room with natural lighting and complete silence. 

-What might your personal library look like?

A room full of many old, expensive bookshelves that I would have purchased from antique stores. They would be filled with all the books I currently own and have space for future books I end up collecting. Probably a stool too.

-If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?

Inkheart (2008). It was pretty rough, and I would do better.

-What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?

Reckless or The Thief Lord, both by Cornelia Funke

-Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.

“Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” – Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

-If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?

The rat from Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007). Most of my favorite fictional characters are probably insufferable or terrible people to hang out with; however, the rat from Ratatouille is a rat, so he can’t be that bad. I bet he could make good coffee too.

-Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.)

1. Venom (2018)

2. Strange Magic (2015)

3. The Mummy (1999)

4. Saw (2004)

5. The Shape of Water (2017)

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