Viva Editor Profile 1 - Carody Culver

Name: Carody Culver KillYourDarlings-9332

Twitter handle: @carodyc


Other linkage: (book review blog)

Literary pets: I have a big weakness for YA fiction, especially if it doesn't involve anything supernatural or dystopian—call me boring, call me a masochist, but I love nothing more than a good old-fashioned dose of real-world teenage angst. Memorable YA novels I've read recently include Some Day This Pain Will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron and The Accident by Kate Hendricks.

I love literary fiction that doesn't take itself too seriously; complex characters, and sentences that make me wish I'd written them myself. I'm a huge fan of Jonathan Dee, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Martin Amis, Daphne du Maurier, Alan Hollinghurst, and Julian Barnes.

Sometimes—like maybe twice a year—I read a book that isn't fiction, vow that I'll do this more often, and then pick up a novel and immediately forget my resolution.

What are your favorite novellas? I love Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (I also love the film and remember being surprised by how different it was to the book), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Mist by Stephen King, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (I think this counts as a novella…), and Bonjour Tristesse by François Sagan.

Why do you get up in the morning? Breakfast. I love food and can think of no better way to start the day. On a more serious note, loving what I do and feeling genuinely enthusiastic about my work—and, just as importantly, the people with whom I work—is what (eventually) makes me throw back the covers and start the day (although I can't pretend that decent coffee doesn't also play a significant part in this process).

What else are you involved in? I work at two of Brisbane's best independent bookshops, Avid Reader in West End and Black Cat Books in Paddington, where I get to talk about books all day and pour my wages straight back into the till. I'm a regular Contributing Editor at Peppermint, Australia's first sustainable fashion and lifestyle magazine, and a freelance writer and editor.

Anything else you'd like to mention? Here's a little something for my fellow grammar nerds—it's been confirmed that we're officially amazing: