Interview with Kennedy Center

October, 2009
The Kennedy Center

Quick Start

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

William Goldman

Jack Finney

Robert Caro

Isaac Asimov

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.

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

KC: 4/29

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?

KC: Fringe

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?

KC: Home

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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