Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: Part 13



I met Sophie during my stint in the hospital this past April. She was one of three nurses who helped me during my week long stay. I’ve seen plenty of medical pamphlets with photos of smiling models portraying doctors and nurses, but I hadn’t yet come face to face with the real deal. That is, until I met Sophie. Unlike the other nurses who simply completed their rounds like emotionless drones, Sophie was actually friendly. She seemed to take a genuine interest in me and went out of her way to make my stay comfortable.

Sophie claims shes not "photogenic", so she attached this cartoon of herself instead.

Sophie claims shes not "photogenic", so she attached this cartoon of herself instead.

During my time there, I had begun reading GirlVert by Oriana Small aka Ashley Blue (an adult film star’s memoir). Sophie asked me about it, so I read a few passages aloud. We both raised our eyebrows and laughed. She admitted to recently finishing Fifty Shades of Grey and I suggested a book swap. On my last day there, we exchanged books and I asked her if she’d be willing to participate in our blog series. Today, I was thrilled to receive her answers to ‘the same 5 questions I always ask’. Enjoy!

1.      What book has been the biggest influence in your life? My grandmother would read to me when I was little. She had a series of books that were falling apart even back then. Sadly, I don’t recall the name or the author. There were 6 small books, each containing a life lesson: Listening to your conscience, the power of honesty, treating others with kindness, and so on. My favorite story was about treating others as you wanted to be treated. I’m convinced those books are responsible for me being a nurse.

2.      What author and/or character do you identify with most? I have a hard time identifying with characters on a personal level. I can relate to their feelings and empathize with their situations. But I haven’t ever read a book that embodied my character. I’m sure it’s out there though.

3.      What do you think happens to you when you die? Growing up in a Catholic household had me convinced that we’re all going to heaven when we pass. Now that I’m older, I’m not sure. I love the hope that heaven brings, it’s a lot less daunting than other afterlife alternatives. But I’m a traditionalist. It makes sense for me to believe in heaven. There’s nothing wrong with having a little faith.

4.      Have you ever penned anything yourself? And if so what’s the recurring theme? My goodness, I haven’t picked up a pen to write anything in over a decade. I prefer to read than to write. I think I lack the gift. My mother would buy me diaries as a teenager and I’d write two entries and then forget about it.

5.      If you had to re-live your life as a character in a book, what book/character would it be? Lisbeth Salendar, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We are complete opposites. I have no idea what its like to be a rebel, but I’d like to find out.

Thank you, Sophie. You rock!

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