Interview: Kendall Driscoll Speech of the Masquerade

Speech of the Masquerade

1. What kind of reader were you as a child? And what were your favorite childhood books?  As a child, I was an avid reader. I read anything I could get my hands on. When I was in elementary school, I remember I really enjoyed the Junie B. Jones books.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?
The White Album by Joan Didion. Didion is an absolutely gifted writer.

3. The last book that made you cry?
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. When I read the book for the first time, I cried for the last 50 or so pages of the novel.

4. The last book that made you furious?
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. The anticlimactic ending truly infuriated me.

5. If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you choose?
I would definitely bring the last three books in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). It’s excellent book series written by an excellent writer and the length of the books would keep me reading for a nice long time on the desert island.

6. Who is your favorite novelist of all time?
J.K. Rowling

7. Which book might we be surprise to find on your bookshelves?
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I’m not typically a reader interested in vampires.

8. What were the most influential books you read as a student?
The majority of the books I read in my nonfiction class in college would probably have been the most influential books I’ve read. The ten books I read in that spring semester of my sophomore year showed me a variety of writing styles. In a way, they became models of writing I wished to emulate.

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
  Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. The book has several valuable pieces of
wisdom worth reading.

10. What kind of books do you like to read before bed?
Preferably I enjoy reading either nonfiction essays or poetry books before bed. They’re
both usually short enough to finish before bed.

11. And what kinds of books do you read when you travel?
I don’t typically read when I travel. I learned my lesson about motion sickness when I was reading a novel on the drive to Florida once.

12. What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
A middle school history textbook. It’s the driest piece of informational text you’ll ever find.

Kendall Driscoll is a multi award winner of the Poetry Matters Literary Prize. She has published work in Poetry Matters Anthology (P.R.A. Publishing 2011) and Poetry Diversified an Anthology of Human Experience (P.R.A. Publishing 2013, 2015). Her work has also been published in Furman University’s literary magazine, The Echo. In addition to writing poetry, Driscoll has written three novels, yet to be published for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Speech of the Masquerade is her first full length work to be published.


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