COMPULSION by Martina Boone
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Right now? Prince's "Purple Rain," Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah," Bob Marley's "By the Rivers of Babylon," Faith Hill's "Breathe," and Daughtry's "No Surprise." Also anything epic and heartfelt. I'm a sucker for historical songs that have survived either because they're about an event or emotion that's too meaningful to be forgotten, or because they are so good that they've worked themselves into the history and mythology of a group of people. Those kinds of songs become more than the sum of their parts.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Right now? The lack of objectivity in the news and the idea that people are getting more of their news from sources that share their own viewpoint. I feel like as a society, we are losing some of the bridges between each other, and that leads to less sympathy and empathy as well. It's why I love that kids still devour books. Fiction in print and on the screen provides a common denominator we desperately need.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Usually the one I am writing about or reading about in any given moment. The ones I keep coming back to are Lizzy Bennett, D'Artagnan, Lyra from Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials, the elephant child with his "'satiable curiosity, and Puck Connolly from THE SCORPIO RACES. As far as sexy heroes? I do love Eight Beaufort, probably because I know him better than any hero I've ever read about. Also, there's a love interest coming up in book two of HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND that I'm half in love with myself.