Interview with Kennedy CenterOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
KC: I love my family. I'm addicted to stories.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
KC: Writing is reading turned inside out.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
KC: John Steinbeck
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
KC: Time and Again, by Jack Finney
Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
The Path to Power, by Robert Caro
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Foundation trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
KC: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
KC: Write what you love.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
KC: Your characters talk like real people.
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
KC: Editor, children's record producer
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
KC: Director of Product Development at Walt Disney Records
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
KC: UCLA and Taft High School in Los Angeles
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
KC: Gustav Mahler, Alison Krauss
SS: What is your favorite movie?
KC: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955 version)
SS: What is your favorite television show?
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
KC: Friday night with my wife Yvonne and my daughter Maggie, eating pizza and watching a movie.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
KC: Not being able to write
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
KC: Scott O'Dell
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
KC: Barack Obama
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
KC: Hang in there
SS: What do you regret most?
KC: No regrets--I love my life.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
KC: Playing the piano
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
KC: I apologize too much.
SS: What’s your best quality?
KC: I'm a good listener.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
KC: Taster at an ice cream plant
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
KC: My smile
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
KC: Cadfael, Ellis Peters' medieval monk detective
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