I met Sadie on social media. She’s fun and quirky and loves Stephen King a lot (you should see her Instagram feed). I enjoy her sense of humour and beautiful bookish pictures and I wanted to share her with you…So read on if you want to know more about this fabulous bookstagrammer.
NLK: We know you’re a self-confessed book junkie, can you share your favourite genre and some of your favourite titles?
SH: I am a book junkie! Yes! Hahahaha—but I’m proud of it.
So maybe a few years ago, I would have said that Fantasy was my favorite genre and that I only dabbled in Horror. These days, the opposite is true. I read a lot of horror. I’m planning to read nothing but from September-March. There’s something very addicting about the pacing and mood of books in this genre. The rush, the fear, the heart pounding tension—it’s just so entertaining and I find that if I try to read other kinds of books, I grow restless; looking for that feeling I get when I’m reading scary scenes. Maybe it’s because it’s so easy for the author to evoke feeling in this genre?
I like to feel my feelings as long as it’s not sadness. I HATE SAD BOOKS! Some of my favorite titles would be Little Heaven by Nick Cutter, Brother by Ania Ahlborn and The Passage by Justin Cronin (which is an epic horror/fantasy/apocalyptic blend.
NLK: What’s on your night stand to read right now?
SH: I’ll have to go look! So my current read is the Gunslinger by Stephen King (a re-read) and Strange Weather which is an ARC from King’s son, Joe Hill. Both of those are on my nightstand. Along with my next read, the Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie that I started, read 100 pages of it, at laid it down. I was bored. But I want to give it another shot and read it with my friend Mindi.
NLK: Have you passed your love of reading and books onto your kids?
SH: This is so sad but, No. My kids don’t really read. I’m hoping they’re all late bloomers? I read to them constantly when they were little so the seeds have been planted. It’s okay, I don’t see it as a reflection of failure but more of like a challenge—something to look forward to when they’re older and find the love of reading for themselves.
NLK: What’s your favourite book from childhood?
SH: TOUGH QUESTION! I would say that I read JRR Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit the most times. Followed very closely by any book written by John Bellairs who I credit as getting me hooked on horror and mystery. They were dark stories for me when I was like ten years old. It’s a shame they are out of print now, but I have found them all and I’m keeping them.
NLK: In a fire, which books would you save first?
SH: My Stephen King collection! OMG! No child left behind!
NLK: What book did you just finish? Do you recommend it?
SH: By the time people read this, I will have finished Strange Weather by Joe Hill. A collection of four novellas. Yes, I recommend it. Very good! It comes out in October I think.
NLK: If you could visit any library in the world, which one would it be and why?
SH: Hmmmmm, the Central Library in Seattle, WA is on my bucket list and hopefully I’ll be moving to WA soon, so I’d like to see it someday soon.
NLK: Can you tell us about your writing?
SH: I’m writing a lot these days. I have two half-finished fantasy novels and a bunch of short stories. I’m trying my hand at as many different kinds of writing as I can so that I can see what I’m good at. I’m learning that a more contemporary setting suits me better than fantasy. I don’t feel like I’m very good at world building. Dialog is more my jam. In movies and books—that’s what I pay attention to the most—dialog. I feel like people suck at writing how people actually talk-in fact, that is my biggest complaint with YA novels—teens don’t talk like they do in contemporary YA fiction.
NLK: Which fictional character is your favourite and why?
SH: There’s this book series by Chuck Wendig following a female protagonist, Miriam Black. There is nobody in literature quite like her. She’s strong, sassy, obnoxious and hilarious. I adore her.
NLK: What’s your favourite bookish quote?
SH: “Books are uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King has been a long time favorite of mine but I think the most important bookish quote is this one by CS Lewis: ”
“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”
About Sadie Hartmann