Author Revealed

About Kathleen Benner Duble

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/4

Q. Previous occupations

A. Mommy - still holding on to this one for as long as they'll let me

Q. Favorite job

A. Mum and writer - And I am blessed to do both!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA and Miami University in Oxford Ohio

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Okay - I am a bit strange on this because I have two: Bruce Springsteen and Yo Yo Ma and how they connect I haven't a clue

Q. Favorite movie

A. It's a Wonderful Life!

Q. Favorite television show

A. None, nada. I love quiet.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. A treasure of shimmering bounty and wingless angels

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. We make a living by what we do. But we make a life by what we give.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Warm heat rising from worn wood, cool waters lapping on rugged rocks - two girls, neither whom look like me, dancing and singing, oblivious to me the watcher, then jumping and splashing and drenching me, laughing

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A hot elevator, stuck on the ninth floor, full of people as clausterphobic as I am

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Under a starry sky, a table before me full of earth's food, my girls, my husband, talking, talking, talking

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Michelangelo

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My girls

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Love ya (but I don't care)

Q. What do you regret most?

A. LIfe is too short for looking back or thinking of what might have been

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To play the violin in tune, reaching notes that make one cry

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Believing in myself and teaching my girls to do the same

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Worry, Worry. Worry.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Caring for others

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Exactly who I am

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I like to ask lots of questions of people. I find all people fascinating!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Gilly Hopkins in The Great Gilly Hopkins

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. It would have to be my great (x9) grandmother, Abigail Faulkner who was accused of witchcraft. I would love to walk with her through the streets and have her show me where she lived and how she lived and to tell me what she now thinks about the trials she went through and the people who brought it all about.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Thinking that the universe centers around you

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading, spending time with my girls, dinner with my husband

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm living it - everyday and in my dreams, too

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, Peacefulness, Generosity of spirit

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Lobster, off the boat, seawater dripping from its claws

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Born to Run, Netherlands, Living in a Moment, Memories of Us, The One to Know

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Natalie Babbit, Wallace Stegner, Anya Seton, Jennifer Donnelly, Laura Halse Anderson, Barbara Kingsolver, JK Rowling (of course), Jean Blum, Jennifer Holm, David Almond, Kate DiCamillo - Oh I could go on and on and on and on.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner Katherine - Anya Seton To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Any of the above

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Don't give up! Never give up! Believe in yourself and just keep trying!

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. What happened to Abby's mom? (Hint: Read the Author's Note!)