Did you read a lot growing up? As a boy, what were your favorite books?
I did not read a lot, but when I did read a book I liked, I would read it over and over again. I was always a slow reader because I tend to get lots of creative ideas while reading and I love staying in a scene or a setting for a long time and taking it in. Also, novels tend to overwhelm me, as though you have to lend your whole being to them, and sometimes I fear getting into books that will do this to me. My parents read to me as a boy, especially Tolkien and Lewis. My father would read from the invisible book, which were stories he made up, especially one I remember fondly about a giant named Stumbles, who was clumsy but noble and helped a boy through misadventures.