All this week, we’re talking about The Familiars — the upcoming release from authors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson. Today, we continue our exclusive three-part interview with Adam & Andrew!
At Novel Novice, one of our main goals is encouraging teens to read. What would you say to reluctant teen readers to convince them to pick up a book (any book)? Why do you think reading is so important?
Andrew: Going to see “Avatar” or playing “Modern Warfare” may immerse you in fantastical worlds and incredible situations, but using your own imagination to paint the picture of a character or place you read about in a book is equally thrilling, if not more. Whatever the medium, great stories on screen and the page can allow for an escape into a world you’ve never dreamed of or some kind of wish fulfillment to experience something extraordinary. But books have the added advantage of making you smarter. And chicks dig guys who are smart, especially when you get a little older.
Adam: Think of a book as a really long text message. Or a huge status update with a cool story. Books offer something that movies can’t: You can live in the world of a book for a much longer time. Instead of two hours.. you can experience a book as slowly as you want…relishing every detail. Or you can skim the parts that are less interesting. It’s your choice..you’re the reader.
Tell us about an educational experience you had that changed your life.
Adam: You look like a cross between George Clooney and Justin Timberlake. Do you get that a lot?
Adam: No. Can you believe this is the first time?