What do you do at the bookstore?
My job is to socialize and talk about books. I also carry books around, alphabetize, and clean shelves. All books, all the time! I need to be as knowledgeable as possible about many different genres of books, although my favorite sections are mystery, cooking, adventure/travel and nature.
What do you do outside of the bookstore?
I’m a wife, mother, and my family’s chief cook and organizer. I read a lot at home, and I’m a political junkie so I read quite a few newspapers and political blogs. I was on the editorial board of the Bozeman Daily Chronical for two and a half years, so I had to know a lot about local and state politics. I also like to hike, ski, fish, and river raft. I love cooking, especially Indian food.
What are a few of your favorite books?
Because I am a mystery reader, I end up reading a lot of series, so it’s harder to pick favorite books. I would say my favorite authors are C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Elly Griffiths, and Mo Hayder. As far as individual books go, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner and Time and Again by Jack Finney are two of my favorites.
A book about your life would be called...
So Many Books, So Little Thyme. It would be entirely about reading and cooking. I cannot remember not knowing how to read. I got my first library card when I was three years old, and I have been a voracious reader ever since. On the other hand, I only learned how to cook when I started grad school, got my own apartment, and I had to feed myself. But I’ve made up for lost time!
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Raising my two boys to be kind and honest young men.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
For my 40th birthday, I wanted to go to Hawaii. Instead, I found myself salmon fishing in Alaska. I had to tie all my flies myself!