Over the past few weeks we?ve been featuring contributors to Fiction on a Stick, an anthology of stories by Minnesota writers. Today we?ve got Marcie Rendon, a member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation. She has received The Loft?s Inroads Writers of Color Award for Native Americans and the Saint Paul Company?s Leadership in Neighborhoods grant. She is the author of Farmer?s Market: Families Working Together and Powwow Summer: A Family Celebration of the Circle of Life.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Phantom Prey by John Sanford. Love the Minnesota connection ? wish that living here was this exciting. Or maybe I just wish I had a Porsche. I like books I feel compelled to finish in one sitting and the Prey series covers that criteria.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
I am trying to figure out how to have a crush in real life – forget fiction.
If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
I have searched Bangor airport for Stephen King when there, and have called the Stephen King?s in the Bangor phonebook. I have tried to get my friends who know him personally to introduce us ? to no avail. It is my understanding he is in AA so I would probably take him to the Two River?s Art Gallery instead of a bar ? or the Indian burial mounds over in St. Paul.
What was your first favorite book?
My sister taught me to read with a Little Golden Book Chicken Little. That began my fascination with words. Then came The Boxcar Children; and one book about a Navaho boy which I have never been able to find again ? but I carried a copy of that book with me for years before losing it. The value of having something written that one can identify with has stuck with me all these years and informed my own writing.
Let?s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Huh?! The Stand by Stephen King.
What is one book you haven?t read but want to read before you die?
Any new works by Sherman Alexie and Jim Northrup.