When you were little did other children tease you about your reading habits?
I would love to be able to say no to that question—really I would. But the answer is a big fat yes. Other kids would bring toys to school, I would bring books. It did not exactly lend itself to me being a social child and, therefore, I was picked on quite a bit. Teachers also noticed and gave me accelerated reading lists—and, of course, the other kids noticed and did not like it very much. So yeah, I was picked on a little bit but I wouldn’t change it for the world. The books that I have read, the worlds that I have visited and the characters I have met in those books are worth the petty bullying that I had to deal with as a child. Granted, you wouldn’t catch me saying this back then but now, as an adult, I am happy I spent all of those hours reading instead of playing Dodgeball (vicious sport) in the playground.