Orsayor: Most people say the book is better than the movie. Is this true for you?
Carmela: Yes, I believe the book is better than the movie because so many details are often omitted from the movie version of a book. I love to read books that are scheduled to be movies and discuss the differences between the two versions. Also, the author wrote the book the way he/she wanted the story to be told and screenwriters and/or producers may change the meaning of the story or interpret the story differently from what and how the author initially wrote it.
Orsayor: Where is your favorite place to read?
Carmela: There is nothing better than curling up in bed with a good book. Reading is a form of relaxation to me. However, since technology has changed you might just catch me reading at a long traffic light.
Orsayor: Who's your favorite author(s)?
Carmela: This is a difficult question because they are so many. Daniel Black, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Victoria Christopher Murray, Trice Hickman, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Rickey Teems II, Carl Weber, Patricia Haley, Brian W. Smith, Mary B. Morrison. I’ve probably forgotten someone.
Orsayor: Is there a book that you have read more than once? What was the title? How many times did you read it?
Carmela: Yes, I have read Perfect Peace by Daniel Black three times.
Orsayor: What factors are important to you when choosing a book to read? Reviews? A Recommendation from a friend? The front Carmela: If I am familiar with a particular author, I am going to automatically read it because the author has already established themselves on my reading shelf. The other factors that are important when I choose a book include an interesting and well written synopsis and friend recommendations. Usually my friends know what type of books I like to read. But even with friend recommendations as well as reviews, I have to remember different people have different preferences and opinions. I also like to read material from new or first time authors because everyone should be given a chance at success. They have to start somewhere.
Orsayor: What’s your favorite genre?
Carmela: It is important to have an open mind and step outside your normal genres. I enjoy all genres on the fiction side except science fiction and historical fiction. On the non-fiction side, I will read a biography, a religion/spirituality, or self-help novel every now and then.
Orsayor: If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Carmela: I’m still standing!
Carmela Hicks Gordon has always had a special place in her heart for reading and still has her first book “Tip”. She is actively involved with the Sistahfriend Book Club where she currently serves as the site leader for the virtual branch. She is also very active in her church where she teaches children’s Sunday school, Bible study, and vacation Bible school. She also participates in the sign language ministry. She credits her love for reading to her mother who encouraged her and her two brothers to write book reports during the summer months. The family motto was if you can read, you can go anywhere. Carmela firmly believes this is still true today and tries to spread her love of reading to not only her children, but to everyone she meets. Carmela is also a reviewer for Book Referees.