If you’ve been following my blog or popped around just a few times you may have noticed the page Sarah’s Books, but who is Sarah? I don’t mention her much (except for on my about page) because I reserve my posts more for the books rather than my personal life.
So I asked myself, ‘What if someone is curious and wants to know more about this elusive Sarah (just a side note: Sarah is my partner, which probably explains a lot, but I was hoping this would also be a first in a series of guest posts/interview swaps). The solution? An interview with Sarah. I asked her a bunch of questions and this is what she told me.
If someone came to you and asked, “Tell me about yourself” what would you tell them?
I would tell them that I am an English teacher, that I’m open minded, that I like films, books, music, and that I love my job.
If you had the option to sit down to dinner with 3 authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Jack Kerouac, Chuck Palahniuk and Sylvia Plath. Jack Kerouac because On the Road is one of the most amazing novels I’ve ever read and to get an insight into his thoughts would be incredible. Chuck Palahniuk because I think for him to be able to write a novel like Fight Club he must be an interesting guy. Sylvia Plath because I studied her poetry in high school and it really changed my view on poetry (which I hated originally), I’d really like to see what was going through her mind when she finally succeeded in killing herself.
Same again, but the none bookish – choose any 3 famous or non-famous people that you would like to eat dinner with, dead or alive, and why?
My Poppa, he died when I was 18 months old, I’d really like to know him. My uncle, he passed away 4 years ago and I really wish I’d had a chance to talk to him more before that happened, and my best friend from when I was 16, she committed suicide when we were in high school, I still feel, sometimes, that I could’ve done more, and I’d like to tell her I’m sorry. (Sorry those were so depressing)
What would be the most impacting novel/book or novels for you in all of your reading? And have they helped to change your outlook at all?
I think the most impacting novels have probably been On the Road, The Day After Forever and Someone Else’s Daughter. On the Road really made me realise how much a novel can change the way you approach your life and see the world. Sal and Dean were great characters for me to see change and grow throughout the novel. The ideas behind Kerouac’s “beat” novel are really inline with my feelings towards the “alternative” side of our society.
The Day After Forever is written by Erin Skiffington. Erin was 16 when she wrote this novel and it was my favourite novel all through high school. It changed the way I looked at realism as a genre and really began my love for realistic novels.
Someone Else’s Daughter is the story of the torture and murder of Anita Cobby, a young woman who grew up in Western Sydney. Being from Western Sydney myself, this novel really affects the way I feel about where I grew up. The murderers went to the same high school I went to and lived in the same suburb I lived in, so it was a very hard hitting novel for me. I’m also very interested in the minds of psychopaths.
What Have Been Highlights From The Last Year?
Highlights of 2010 definitely are starting at my new high school and getting to know all the new kids and establishing myself as a teacher there. The other big one was of course meeting my beautiful girlfriend.
What Are You Looking Forward To In The Coming Year?
Traveling, moving out, furthering my teaching career.
Word on the street is you’re going to Europe, what about your trip are you looking forward to the most?
I’m really looking forward to experiencing something new, I need to get out of my comfort zone and I haven’t been overseas in awhile. I’m looking forward to visiting France, which I have a great interest in and have been studying the language. I’m just generally looking forward to seeing new and different things.
What genres do you prefer to read and which ones do you find you actually read the most of?
Realism is my preferred genre but I also read dystopian and true crime. I read realism the most as I find it hard to be involved in stories and characters which I cannot relate to and are not believable to me.
What do you feel you must achieve in life?
I must be a good person. I think the most important thing to me is to be a good, compassionate, open minded, accepting person, if I can achieve that, I think I will be happy.
If you’d ever like to do an Interview Swap with me sometime let me know (just leave a comment somewhere if you want) and I’ll try my best to schedule time for it.