COMPULSION by Martina Boone
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Live bold and dream big.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. The Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Man, school has to really suck when you have green skin. But she put on striped socks, collected an army of minions, and ran with it.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Adolph Hitler. I'd like the opportunity to kick him in the ass.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I admire many people, but I tend to identify with historical figures I am connected to by story. The hidden character in the HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy is Eliza Pinckney, the 17-year-old girl who ran three plantations and founded the American indigo industry. She not only created a viable crop, but the change in farming method reduced the exposure to malaria and saved many lives. She isn't the most admirable character in history, but she is one who intrigues me.
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.