For those of you not in the know, Hollywood Ending, tells the story of orphaned Hilda - her obsession with dead celebrities and her burgeoning relationship with senior citizen Hank all set in grimy LA. It's spectacularly dark, fun and honest.
Kathy Charles, welcome to reader’s snapshot!
Which book is memorable from your teen years?
‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck is a novel that shook me to my very core. I was thirteen when I read it and I remember sobbing all night over the shattering climax. It’s a short, devastating read that takes no prisoners. I also devoured Stephen King novels (like most teens), and my favorites were ‘Carrie’ and ‘Pet Sematary’.
Describe your high school English teacher in three words...
Encouraging. Passionate. Mysterious.
Your book of the moment?
I just finished reading ‘Michael Jackson: The Magic and The Madness’ by J. Randy Taraborrelli and it really challenged my perception of who Michael Jackson was. I have to say that after reading this book I feel less sympathy for Michael Jackson than I used to. It paints a pretty damning portrait of his bizarre life and inappropriate behaviour. He was an amazing performer but a very damaged individual.
What do you use to mark your page when reading?
I have an assortment of bookmarks on my bedside table. I have quite a few of the complimentary bookmarks from Book Soup, a bookstore on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood that I always visit when I’m in Los Angeles. I also have a bookmark with a gorgeous pug dog on it that my Mum gave me. I have a pug called Tubs so whenever my family see something with a pug on it they immediately buy it for me.
Favourite place to read?
On the couch with Tubs on my lap and the sun streaming through the windows.
Favourite book store?
Book Soup in Los Angeles. It has a section dedicated entirely to books about Los Angeles, and is a great place to see celebrities. I dream of having a book signing there one day.
Character you wish you had created?
Patrick Bateman from ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis.
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Later in the week Kathy will be back to tell us more about her novel but in the meantime, how about winning a copy of Hollywood Ending? (For those of you in the States, this will be a chance to get the book many months ahead of schedule) For your chance to win....tell me which celebrity death fascinates you and why. Remember to include your email address and ensure you are a follower.
All entries need to be in by Friday, 2nd of October and can be from anywhere in the world. Be original!