Gretchen McNeil is joining us today to talk about some of her favorite books at different stages of her life.
Some information about Gretchen:
Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debut with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011. Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk (http://www.cirqueberzerk.com ). Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebels (http://www.youtube.com/yarebels) where she can be seen as "Monday."
AGE FIVE – There’s a Monster at the End of This Book
I positively delighted in thwarting Grover’s attempts – breaking the ropes, toppling the brick wall, busting through a web of two-by-fours. I must have read that book a hundred times and giggled like a loon every time. Er, I may or may not still own a copy. And I may or may not still giggle when I read it.
AGE TWELVE – Anne of Green Gables
I remember watching the PBS adaptation of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, hanging on every scene. It was like my life! I ran to the library and zipped through the entire series in the course of a summer. Anne spoke to me. And gave me hope that a spastic little kid like myself could grow up to be someone…awesome.
AGE SIXTEEN –
Oh, this was the end of hope for any kind of normal teenage love life. Heathcliff, the possibly psychotic, severely damaged anti-hero was like crack cocaine for teenaged me. Brooding, obsessive, dark and complex. He was everything I wanted in a boyfriend – yeah, I know – and thus started my love affair with “bad boys.”
Thankfully, I got over that. Eventually.
AGE TWENTY – The Secret Adversary
THE SECRET ADVERSARY is one of my favorites. Set just after WWI, it’s about two young people trying to make their way in an
devastated. On a whim, they create a young
adventurers company, and place an ad in the paper for their services. Immediately, they are thrust into a world of
intrigue, spies, missing secret war plans, and mistaken identities. I literally could not put this book down, and
I think I’ve probably read it a dozen times since. It’s like a comfort book for me, whenever I
need a good, rollicking adventure. England