Anne Bishop is the author of 18 novels, including the Black Jewels Trilogy. Vision in Silver (Roc, March 3, 2015) is the third title in her urban fantasy series about the Others. When she's not writing, Bishop enjoys gardening, reading and music. You can visit her at annebishop.com or keep up with news at annebishopscourtyard on Facebook.
On your nightstand now:
The Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham; When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris; Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson; Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones; Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; Quiet by Susan Cain; and Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier. Different books for different moods.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Any book about horses, but especially The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.
Your top five authors:
I go through cycles of what kind of story or subject captivates me, so this year it's Jane Austen (a perennial), Patricia Briggs (love the Mercy Thompson series), Susan Cain (for the insights in her book Quiet), Deborah Crombie (mysteries I can read on the writing days) and Craig Johnson (I recently discovered the Walt Longmire books).
Book you've faked reading:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. I skipped over some of the bits--you know which ones.
Book you're an evangelist for:
The Virginian by Owen Wister. It reads more like a television season with episodes that don't always quite mesh, but it's the book that created so many of the archetypes we associate with the western genre. And the Virginian is a wonderful, romantic character.
Book you've bought for the cover:
Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris. This was the first book I read in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, and I bought it because the cover art and the title intrigued me.
Book that changed your life:
The Moon of Three Rings by Andre Norton. The Twilight Zone taught me that the strange could be wrapped around the ordinary. But it was The Moon of Three Rings that showed me stories could be written about alien worlds and races and still be about human emotions, whether the characters were human or not.
Favorite line from a book:
"When you call me that, smile!" --Owen Wister, The Virginian
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
None. If I read a beloved book for the first time now, it wouldn't be the same experience and might not have the same impact that the story had when I was younger. Some stories fit a particular time in a person's life and remain bright only as a memory, while other stories can be revisited many times and still shine. That said, a book I would like to experience again in another stage of my life would be The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
A new book you recommend:
Gideon by Alex Gordon is a deliciously creepy paranormal thriller, the kind that makes you turn on more lights and check the locks on your doors.