10 Questions with Vikki VanSickle

Here’s what Toronto author and fellow bookseller Vikki VanSickle had to say when we asked her…

What was the last book you read?

I just finished Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, which was a deliciously creepy ghost story with a twist. It’s been awhile since I bypassed YA or my beloved middle grade to read an adult book, but this one was worth it! I love a good ghost story.

What was your favourite book growing up?

I had so many favourites, but the first three novels that come to mind are Anne of Green Gables, As The Waltz Was Ending, and Watership Down. When I was little, I loved any picture book that featured a cat.

What literary character do you most relate to?

Probably Jo from Little Women, although I have had many Hermione Granger moments in my life.

“There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always.”  Name this book.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Now there is an author who has fun with language!

Describe your ideal day off.

Get up early, write, meet friends for brunch, head out to Toronto Island for the afternoon, pick up some awesome groceries on the way home, make dinner with friends, see a great movie, and in bed by 11 with a good book!

If you could attempt any profession but your own, what would it be?

If talent and training (or lack thereof) wasn’t an issue, I would be a dancer. More realistically, I think I would enjoy script development for film and TV.

What would your pirate name be?

Toria the Terrible.

What is your favourite word?

It changes. At the moment, I love the word ‘slice,’ partly because it rolls off the tongue nicely, and partly because it makes me think of delicious things I could be slicing…like chocolate cake.

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Tina Fey.

What is a Woozle?

A woozle is a whimsical thingamajig.

Vikki VanSickle is manager of the independent children’s bookstore The Flying Dragon in Toronto, holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia, and recently published her first novel, Words That Start with B. You can find her on twitter and on her (brilliant) blog.

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