Interview with Kitty SewellOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
KS: Getting shorter and more intense. Rich with conflict
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
KS: Work hard, live hard
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
KS: Mine? Easy! Love, health and security. A small child, or a dog, can give moments of perfect joy.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
KS: Severe droughts, floods or other global catastrophes
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
KS: I have the freedom and privilege to travel anywhere, therefore I'm exactly where I want to be
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
KS: Leonor Fini, French surrealist artist.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
KS: Nelson Mandela
SS: What do you regret most?
KS: Not making the most of my talents earlier in life
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
KS: A perfect memory
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
KS: A long and very happy marriage
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
KS: Compulsive building disorder (coined by my husband)
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
KS: An angel. I love fluffy clouds.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
KS: sculpting, mosaics, building stuff, fruit-farming
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
KS: Famous rock-star, astronaut
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
KS: Generosity, modesty (in moderation) sincerity
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
KS: Avocados (I grow them)
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
KS: Right this minute?
To Chairman Mao
"Get the f... out of Tibet."
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
KS: Right now: Carl Hiassen Rose Tremain Carlos Ruiz Zafon Stieg Larsson Manuel Rivas
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
KS: Black Robe
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
KS: Have a well thought out plan, ask for guidance and sacrifice one past-time (TV is a good one)
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
KS: Love your settings
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
KS: Notary Public, psychotherapist, sculptor
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
KS: Writing... of course
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
KS: Sweden, Spain and Canada
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
KS: Atahualpa Yupanqui
SS: What is your favorite movie?
KS: The Last Wave
SS: What is your favorite television show?
KS: None (but got hooked on LOST in the beginning)
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