We love books, we love Buffy, so it makes sense that we also love actress and writer Amber Benson! Amber’s got a new novel out this week, The Witches of Echo Park. We obviously saw this as an opportunity to pick her brain on anything and everything with our Unbosoming Questionnaire. (We would like to give her major snaps for answering our Spike or Angel question.) Read on for more!
What was the first book you read that meant something to you?
Shoot. The first thing that popped into my head was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Which I used to hold up as an example of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Super giving — but now, as an adult, I look back and think … Damn … super giving IN THE FACE OF PERSONAL EXTINCTION! I don’t want to be a stump.
What book do you wish you could live in?
Harry Potter. Every single one of them. When I’m feeling low, those are my go-to books to get lost inside of.
What book are you an evangelist for?
Girl by Blake Nelson. I read an excerpt in Sassy magazine when I was, like, thirteen and fell in love. I have bought that book for so many lady friend birthdays. I think he just did such an amazing job of encapsulating what it was to be a teenage girl in the ’90s.
What trope most mirrors your life?
Girl who wants to lead a normal life where she disturbs no one and makes no ripples in the fabric of her interpersonal interactions must accept that she is special and worthy and that hiding her light under a bushel just sets a bad example. Because when her light shines bright, it should encourage everyone else to let their light shine bright, too. (I sound like a self-help manual called: Lite Brite, Shine Rite.)
What book has been in your TBR pile the longest?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill — I start it and then put it down and then start it again and then put it down. One day I will read it ALL!
If we pulled up next to you at a stoplight, what song would you be shamelessly singing?
“F*ck You”— because sometimes life makes it necessary to just sing that song at full volume.
If your ghost haunted a place, where would it would?
A library. Any library. So I could use my afterlife to read all the books that ever were.
Who do you want to hug right now?
What do you do when you’re feeling discouraged?
I go back to the bar. Which in ballet movie terms means: I go back to the writing itself. Screw what people think, screw what kind of money you’re pulling in, screw everything that stops you from experiencing the joy in the art that you make.
If you could only vacation at one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Cassis, France — there’s a bar there that reminds me of that Joni Mitchell song, “Carey.” “Come on down to the Mermaid Cafe and I will buy you a bottle of wine … “
What’s your favorite thing to do with your spare time?
Read books and make little stop motion movies with My Little Ponies and empty cigarette packages.
Spike or Angel?
I only have personal experience with Spike — and I adore James Marsters. So that makes Spike the slam dunk. Right? Right.
The Witches of Echo Park hits shelves today! For more paranormal reads and authors, visit our Everything Paranormal page!