COMPULSION by Martina Boone
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Live bold and dream big.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A book to make me think, a cat to warm my lap, a dog to remind me that loyalty is everything, a horse to show me the world is a miracle, love to expand my heart, children to teach me empathy, and gratitude to help me remember that I should share my good fortune as often as I can.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. I admire many people, but I tend to identify with historical figures I am connected to by story. The hidden character in the HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy is Eliza Pinckney, the 17-year-old girl who ran three plantations and founded the American indigo industry. She not only created a viable crop, but the change in farming method reduced the exposure to malaria and saved many lives. She isn't the most admirable character in history, but she is one who intrigues me.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Right now? The lack of objectivity in the news and the idea that people are getting more of their news from sources that share their own viewpoint. I feel like as a society, we are losing some of the bridges between each other, and that leads to less sympathy and empathy as well. It's why I love that kids still devour books. Fiction in print and on the screen provides a common denominator we desperately need.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. There are so many, including every soldier and first responder who selflessly serves others every day. But I think I have to say Malala Yousafzai. I think she is incredibly brave and I admire her stand on education for girls and women.