Author Revealed

About Kimberly K. Jones

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/5

Q. Previous occupations

A. Book store employee, typist, legal secretary, assistant for field trips to Alaska, computer programmer, IT manager

Q. Favorite job

A. When I worked in a book store I got to come in at 4am and restock the shelves. It was heaven to putter through all those books by myself!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Cedar Falls High School (Iowa), The University of Iowa, Middlebury College (Vermont), The University of Vermont

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. It's not possible in this day and age to have a favorite! Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, Phish, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Ani DiFranco, U2.....

Q. Favorite movie

A. Local Hero

Q. Favorite television show

A. umm- that's tough, we don't get any TV reception.

Revealing Questions

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

A. Controlled chaos in a log cabin in Vermont.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Life is too short.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A long beach to walk in the warm the sun and a stack of good books when I get back.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Falling down stairs. (I published a story about that once trying to exorcise my demons.)

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

A. Anywhere, as long as it's on a warm sunny beach.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. No one person, but a whole host who go quietly about doing what must be done. My heros are school bus drivers, day care providers, and anyone who does the right thing.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Per my son: "Where are my glasses?"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not being able to live in a book.

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

A. Piano virtuoso!

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Quitting my safe secure career to do what I've wanted to do for years---write!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Stubbornness

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Stubbornness

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

A. I would be a cat curled up in front of a woodstove. A cat who could read, of course.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm very shy and awkward. Guess that's why I hide in books!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Zorro!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Boris Badenov-- "the world's greatest no-goodnik."

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

A. I would like to meet my maternal great-mother Sophie Egemo who came across from Norway. She raised 4 girls and 4 boys and never learned much English. I want to know about her life in Norway (I know she skiied to school) and why she left, and what she thought about this new country.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. The ubiquity of cell phones. Let's improve the quality of communication, not the quantity!

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

A. Reading

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Rock guitarist (no, I can't play more than a few chords, that's why it's a FANTASY!)

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

A. Honesty, gentleness, and humor

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Again, these changes rapidly, but today's hit parade is: "I Forgot that Love Existed" by Van Morrison, "Two Step" by Dave Matthews, "My Favorite Mistake" by Sheryl Crow, "As Is" by Ani DiFranco, "It's a Beautiful Day" by U2

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. I read across all genres and age groups so there are too many to list, but here a few writers I trust so much that I will buy their latest without knowing anything other than the fact they've written it: Michael Chabon, Eoin Colfer, Joan Didion, Cornelia Funke, William Gibson, Tom Robbins, Fay Weldon

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

A. Hmm, the list shifts in time, but this week's are: Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge, Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

A. The only secret to writing is writing, so get to it.

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

A. When are you going to write a sequel to Sand Dollar Summer?