GREETINGS! I’m Jared Golden Fulcher, one of your friendly neighborhood Trustee members! You can call me Golden since there are too many Jareds around here. 😀
I’ve been on the Board of Trustees for over three years now and it is an honor to fill this position. I am lucky to work with four other people who are like me and want to help guide the Madison Library District on to bigger and better things.
Me? Oh. Well. Let’s see. I’m originally from Maryland and grew up with deviously evil parents. They were dead set on not only tricking us kids into reading, but using the library! No joke! Their standard go-to trick was to get us kids book series as presents but intentionally NOT give us the last book in the series. Fiends! The one year their tricks caused an insurrection was when for Christmas they got each of the three younger kids, myself included, one book each from a series. Three kids, one copy of book one, library closed for the holidays… I still have nightmares.
Despite the almost collapse of the Fulcher family, we all grew into voracious readers and found love in many diverse forms of writing. I myself graduated from Ye Ole BYU-Idaho with a BA in English-Creative Writing (can you tell?). I enjoy contemplating and writing the various, “What if?” type of stories that thread through History, Fantasy, Church, Science Fiction, and Modern themes.
As for what I enjoy reading, well, that goes all over the place. I can get into a good Dean Koonz novel just as fast as one of Gerald N. Lund’s books. If I’m up for a book that will take me a year and a half to read, Tad Williams is my guy (Sorry Robert Jordan). Growing up I gained a strong love for the high adventure books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Fritz Leiber, and Robert E. Howard.
But my current, all time hands down favorite author has got to be Jim Butcher. His Dresden Files series is AMAZING! He is able to create a lush and full picture in each page that brings not only the characters to life, but breathes dimension into the world you’re exploring. I really can’t get enough of him.
Well, I think I’ve rambled on enough about me, thanks for reading and remember, I didn’t just name drop these authors to get brownie points with them, I hope that at the end of this article you might just get curious enough to head down to the Library, and check one or two out for yourself. C’mon, I double-dog dare ya!