To introduce our Meet a Maniac feature, we’re getting to know the president of ’Cilla’s Book Maniacs, Priscilla “‘Cilla” C. Johnson.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
Where do you live now?
In addition to expertly leading the Maniacs, what do you do?
I am employed with Baltimore City Community College as the Human Resources Compliance Coordinator. Essentially, I am responsible for investigating all complaints of discrimination, ensuring the college is compliant with all federal and state regulations with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and a whole bunch of other stuff that’s beginning to make my head spin.
Who inspired your love for reading and how were you inspired?
My love for reading started with my mother and a librarian. My mother is a fan of murder mysteries and she was always reading. She is also a sports nut. My mom played on a women’s softball team and bowling team. While she was at practice, I was dropped off at the library where I would do homework or read. The librarian introduced me to a lot of books that I probably should not have read – e.g., Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim. As my brothers got older and played various sports – football, track, swimming – I was at the library so I did not have to sit while they practiced.
What is it about reading that you most enjoy?
We grew up in the housing projects so opening a book was always an adventure. As I became more mature, I found history, romance, adventure, mystery and a lot more.
What are your top three favorite fiction genres?
Can’t answer that – it depends on the mood, year or time.
What are you reading now?
Believe it or not, while at RT (Romantic Times) conference (which every reader should attend at least once) I was introduced to Shelly Shepard Gray. She writes Christian Romance. Her stories focus on the Amish. I just finished reading The Promise of Palm Grove. And I loved it. I encourage everyone to step out of their “comfort zone” and read something completely out of the ordinary.
Where do you most love to read?
That’s a trick question… I read almost anyplace and now with a Kindle and the Kindle app on my cell phone, I will open it and read everywhere. It gives you something to do instead of complaining about long lines and having to wait. Also makes the time go by quickly.
The Fun Five
Quiet Night at Home or Night on the Town?
I am a home body.
Wine & Cheese or Beer & Pretzels?
Chocolate chip cookies and tea (If I am reading erotic – wine & cheese or grapes).
Camping in the Woods or Sunning & Swimming at the Beach?
Comedies or Dramas?
What’s your favorite season?