Interview with Kitty Sewell

October, 2009
Kitty Sewell

Quick Start


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?

KS: Cheerfulness/optimism

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?

KS: Self-sufficiency

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


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

KS: 12/1

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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