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Hilluva Good Read

Jul 22, 2009 2:40 PM | 0 comments

Summer’s heating up, so we couldn’t wait to chat with sizzling Brooklyn author Donna Hill. She’s a native of Bed-Stuy, and since 1990 she’s published a shelf full of steamy and dangerous beach reads such as Rhythms and Getting Hers.

Which Brooklyn Public Library do you visit most often?
Macon Library. I have been going there since I was old enough to walk there alone!

As a novelist, how has reading influenced your writing style?
I was an avid reader of the English classics: Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and Jane Eyre combined with everything in Greek mythology along with a voracious appetite for Agatha Chrisitie’s whodunits. As a result, I have a love for language, tormented and sometimes dark heroes with a little murder and mayhem thrown in for good measure! Very often in my romances there will be a hint of mystery or suspense. I've loved the chance to write my own murder mysteries Getting Hers and Wicked Ways. And my mainstream fiction language and pacing is surely a result of my early reading.

What character from one of your own books would you want to be for a day?
Eva Kelly from my novel Guilty Pleasures. Eva took risks. She was bold and daring, sexy, and she loved danger and her husband above all else.

Have you used Brooklyn as the setting for any of
your books?

Yes! In two of my novels. Soul to Soul (romance) and Getting Hers (women’s fiction).

Is there a particular type of genre you think is best to read in the summer time?
Romances are always great for traveling and on the beach, and I love an action-packed mystery!

Where was your favorite place to read as a child? 
… And now?
Sitting on the bench under the window at the Macon Library. Now, I read on the train, the bus, airplane curled up in bed, at the hairdresser! If I can sit or stand anywhere for a few minutes, then I'm reading.

What books do you recommend for kids and adults this summer?

For Kids
The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers


For Adults

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

The Sacred Place by Daniel Black

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter



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