Interview with Kelly McClymer

October, 2009
Kelly McClymer

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

KM: Devoted to asking and trying to answer, "Why ...?"

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

KM: Why only ask why, when researching the answer can prove so interesting?

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

KM: Recognizing that happiness is best when it is fleeting and unexpected, and because of that, it should be savored when it comes.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

KM: Being the neighborhood mean old grouch when I get old (not for many, many years from now).

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

KM: Hawaii

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

KM: I identify with every person in every time past and present who wanted (and/or wants) to end warfare.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

KM: Oprah. It seems to me that she always asks herself how she can make the world better and have a little fun.

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

KM: But. And. So. Which. All the 'connector' words...but I do love them so very much.

SS: What do you regret most?

KM: Not finding Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth (although I did look when I was in Florida).

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

KM: Singing. On key. With melody (to be very specific).

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

KM: Never giving up on my dreams, no matter how far fetched or bizarre others may find them.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

KM: Whining. Aloud.

SS: What’s your best quality?

KM: Curiosity.

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

KM: Me.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

KM: My tendency to daydream at inopportune times.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

KM: Today? Harriet the Spy.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

KM: Miss Haversham [shiver]

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

KM: Lincoln. "Skip the play." (this sounds familiar to me, so I believe I'm not the first to say this).

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

KM: Those who think a rule or custom is universally applicable. Except for brushing your teeth, everyone should do that, of course.

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

KM: Teaching.

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

KM: Video game designer for virtual reality games.

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

KM: Empathy. Patience. Generosity of spirit.

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

KM: ...?! ...!? ...well, if I had to ... pistachios

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

KM: Today? Hmmm: Winner Takes It All (ABBA): With or Without You (U2); Shattered (O.A.R); Viva La Vida (Coldplay); I Am Where It Takes Me (Black Light Burns)

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

KM: Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Mary Shelley

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

KM: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, Oliver, 1984

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

KM: The Dictionary

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

KM: Love words and treat them well.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

KM: When is your next book coming out?

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

KM: 9/22

SS: What were your previous occupations?

KM: Teacher, Publications Specialist, Secretary, Customer Service Representative, drugstore clerk, babysitter

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

KM: Fiction Writer.

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

KM: Delaware for both -- William Penn High and University of Delaware

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

KM: Bob Dylan

SS: What is your favorite movie?

KM: Today? Akeela and the Bee

SS: What is your favorite television show?

KM: This year? Pushing Daisies (boo hoo on its cancellation)

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