Let’s Talk with Karla Brandenburg

What Sparked Your Love of Reading? by Karla Brandenburg

Growing up, we had books all around the house. Both my parents were readers, and they set the example for us. I particularly enjoyed the fairy tales and legends, and whenever I went to the library, I went in search of mysteries. It was only natural that my first “grown-up” book used a legend as its central theme. My mother handed me The Night of the Seventh Moon, by Victoria Holt. Because of my German heritage, reading about legends in the Lokenwald in the Black Forest appealed to me.

All through high school, I was a voracious reader. Even the required list in my English classes were interesting—well, maybe not all of them, but I did read books I might not have otherwise. Classics like The Iliad and The Odyssey—Greek legends/mythology—and one of my favorite contemporary books (at the time), When the Legends Die. The required reading proved to me that I didn’t have to be locked into a genre. A well-written book will take you places you might not expect, even if it isn’t your standard fare. I read Stephen King, and was surprised when one of his books snuck in the Dracula legend. I never saw it coming, which was one of the things I liked most about that book.

I continue to be fascinated by legends and mythology and fairy tales, even the Brothers Grimm (who are pretty grim when you read the original stories!).

What sparked your love of reading? Leave me a comment, and I’ll select one person at random to receive an advance reading copy of my upcoming book, The Selkie (Which, by the way, is available for pre-order!).

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The Selkie

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