Please welcome my next guest in the Meet Some UtopYA2015 Lovelies (Unofficial) series. After getting to know Christina Marie (who will be featured September 4), I knew I had to find and hug her cohort, Ethan, at UtopYA. I’m so glad I did. He’s vivacious and a great hugger. Such a sweetie!
EG: Thanks so much for having me Mrs. Tia, it’s such an honor! It’s not often I get to be on this side of the table!
And I have to share with everyone about your upcoming Book World: Behind the Scenes series where you are interviewing industry professionals who talk about all the work it takes to get from word document to bookstores. Check out the first post here.
Of course I have to ask you ... What was your first favorite book?
EG: I know most people say something cliché like Harry Potter or Twilight, but as long as I had been reading, it really took quite some time for one novel to root itself in as a favorite. The first time I ever read a novel and said ‘this is it, my favorite novel’ was Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I read it for the first time when I was 13 (entirely too young). I didn’t understand ¾ of what I read, but the idea was just beyond intriguing. Since that time, I have read Wicked more times than I can count. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve probably read it at least 50 times. To this day it remains my all-time favorite novel. Seriously. It’s that amazing.
EG: Oh boy… Well… We do make quite the power couple, don’t we? You are right, Christina is amazing, and she truly is my bookish-better-half. Christina and I have been friends for about 15 months now. We only met last April for the first time. We only live about 3 hours apart, but I didn’t get to know her until I became part of the bookish world. Christina and I met for the first time at a book event in Des Moines, Iowa (random, right?) in the middle of one of the craziest weather days ever. Tornadoes, hail, you name it. I’ll never forget that day. We were both there to meet a couple favorite authors of ours. Funny enough, we really didn’t ‘hit it off’ right off the bat. I was actually terrified of her when I first met her. She’s feisty! In all seriousness though, from that first encounter Christina and I built our friendship and we’ve both been through so much together. She has been the single biggest supporter of me and the blog. Together we hosted the Halloween Author Invasion on Facebook this past October to HUGE acclaim (we’ll be doing it again in the Fall), even farther building our relationship. We’re about so much more than books. Christina has turned into one of my best friends--she’s my people. She ‘gets me’ more than most people I know. I’m truly fortunate to have her on my side. How did I know she was the one? Have you met Christina? End of story! LOL.
Right? It'll happen. You have the passion it takes to make sure it does. And I must know… you wore a crown at UtopYA. What’s its significance?
EG: Definitely not a fair question since I have SO MANY favorite quotes. Dr. Seuss is usually my go-to, but when it comes to inspiration, this quote from Gregory Maguire usually comes to mind:
As of Summer 2015, Ethan is also an agency intern with the Corvisiero Literary Agency under the direction of Sarah Negovetich.
His hobbies include sleep, looking for a prospective wife, and speaking in the third person.