Interview with Kristi CookApril, 2012
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
KC: Crazy, hectic, imaginative, overly dramatic, pajama-clad fun!
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
KC: "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do....the day after tomorrow."
What Readers want to know...
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
KC: Somewhere warm and tropical...a beach in Hawaii would do just fine.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
KC: A beautiful singing voice--even a mediocre singing voice would be a significant improvement.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
KC: It's a tie between Rhett Butler and Mr. Spock
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
KC: Love that Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader!
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
KC: Give me a spare hour, and I'm either reading or listening to music. Or quite possibly both.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
KC: King crab dumplings--but only from my favorite sushi restaurant.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
KC: Lightning and spiders and snakes, oh, my!
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
KC: "Yes." I really wish I could learn to say "no." Sometimes, at least.
SS: What do you regret most?
KC: That haircut in 7th grade.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
KC: My two kids--they're awesome!
SS: What’s your best quality?
KC: I guess I'm pretty loyal.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
KC: I'd like to meet Jane Austen. I'd say to her, "I'd love to be you when I 'grow up'."
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
KC: Being a writer!
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
KC: Loyalty, honesty, and respect.
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
KC: Oh, man...this is hard! Just five?! Okay, I'll go with "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. "This Love" by Maroon 5. Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Henry Mancini's "Theme from A Summer Place."
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
KC: I used to write grant proposals for some of NYC's top cultural institutions. Before that, I was a nursery school teacher.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
KC: Berkmar High School (Lilburn, GA), Choctawhatchee High School (Ft. Walton Beach, FL), University of Southern Mississippi
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
KC: Maroon 5 and Green Day
SS: What is your favorite movie?
KC: Gone With the Wind (but the new Star Trek runs a close second!)
SS: What is your favorite television show?
KC: The Office, Dancing With the Stars...and, well, LOST, before it ended. I'm still in denial. :o(
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
KC: Writing! And being a mom, of course.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
KC: Margaret Mitchell, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Dessen, Suzanne Collins, Lois Duncan, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Schaara, Richard Adams, Julia Quinn, Anne Rivers Siddons, Maeve Binchy...my list goes on and on!
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
KC: Just five?! That's almost impossible! But I'd say Gone With the Wind, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Killer Angels, and Hunger Games.
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
KC: Gone With the Wind--I've read it at least 50 times!
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
KC: Keep writing--there is no such thing as wasted effort.
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