Monday, January 23, 2012

Top Ten List with Author S.R. Johannes!!

About On The Bright Side:
Gabby is a disgruntled tween angel who has just been assigned to protect her school nemesis and ex-beffie. Problem is her ex-beffie is dating Gabby’s longtime crush. Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (since when is sticking toilet paper to her shoe or spinach in her teeth a sin?) Soon, Gabby gets out of control and is put on probation by her SKYAgent, who has anger management issues of his own. Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death. 

About S.R. Johannes:
S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright Side ( a tween paranormal). She lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  

S.R. Johannes Top Ten Books 
[Of All Time!]

1) Pippy Longstocking - I love how gutsy she is. How she doesn't care what anyone thinks. She knows what she wants and she sticks to it. On the other hand, she has a vulnerable side that I always adored.

2) Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck - This has been my favorite book of ALL time. In face, my dog Charley, is named after this book. John Steinbeck wrote this diary about his journey's with his dog around America. I loved his take on people, culture, and his undying love for his furry companion. It showed such a sensitive side to him as a writer.

3) James Patterson's Alex Cross series. This was way before J.P. I call him that b/c I know him :)  started getting co-authors for his books. His first few books in this series - like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were so riveting I could not put them down. I used to sneak them from my mom's book shelf (along with Stephen King and Iris Johannsen.) I love how JP writes tension in every page and how he ends on conflict making a real page turner. He has influenced my writing the most.

4) Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth series. I love how Carrie has the perfect balance of literary and suspense. I am not especially fond of zombie books but these books kept me up late at night. I could not put them down. I love books like that.

5) Nancy Drew series - I read all of these - twice- when I was younger and loved them. I wanted to be Nancy Drew - but sadly I could never seem to find any mysteries to solve. :(

6) Laura Ingles Wilder series - I read these when I was younger. I loved the TV show and I loved the books. How people lived so differently then. So simply. The book that stands out is when they thought her pet raccoon got rabies and they thought Laura had it too. So sad.

7) Harry Potter - You know what I love most? That this series put children's books on the map. I thought JK wove the stories together amazingly and she had such an imagination. It taught me to let go of rules when creating fiction.

8) Farenheit 451 - This book always stuck out to me b/c I have always loved books and could not imagine. A world without books? How is that possible. Sometimes - especially with the speedy rise of digital books - it feels a little prolific but I hope not.

9) Kahil Gibran's Prophet - amazing story that again seems to be coming true sometimes. It reminded me to think for myself.

10) The teachings of the Dali Lama - It taught me that living in the moment of gratitude was the happiest place on Earth.

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