Twenty questions for authors, none about writing. Some questions are not in the form of a question. (Previous Q&As may be found HERE.)
This week we have KATE SOUTHWOOD, author of the novel Falling to Earth.
- 1. Rename yourself.
KS: Elizabeth Jarvis. This is from the “what is your romance novel author name” game. Take your middle name and the street you grew up in. I grew up on a corner, so I could also be Elizabeth Sheridan.
2. Satan hoofs up and says two words to you. What are they?
KS: “You’re up.”
3. Give us an A+ summer song.
KS: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” [Youtube]
4. What is the worst injury you’ve ever sustained?
KS: A really dumb cut on my inner forearm. Basically dragged my arm across a rusty nail head and it never even bled, just unzipped the skin on my arm.
5. Form a supergroup using any four musicians, living or dead, that would be thoroughly awesome to experience, for better or worse.
KS: Does the Muppet Band count?
6. What was your best Halloween costume?
KS: Frida Kahlo. Complete with mono-brow and bike handlebar coming out of my stomach. This was when I was an Art History student, and one of my friends dressed as The Sack of Rome.
7. Tell us something you built.
KS: Drawing a blank, although I do know how to use tools and must have built something… Does Ikea flat-pack assembly count?
8. If you could safely have one non-domesticated animal as a lifelong companion, what would it be? (Fantasy creatures are allowed.)
KS: Tiger, please. I really want to pet a big cat before I die.
9. What do you like to grow?
KS: I have a balcony garden in Oslo, Norway where I grow what I can, which is mostly flowers and herbs. I want to grow potatoes.
10. Name a thing you love that nobody else you personally know also loves.
KS: Minimalism. I live with packrats, and even the cat has too much stuff.
11. How would you like those eggs?
KS: Scrambled, moist, and salty.
12. What’s the worst thing about your favorite holiday?
KS: Thanksgiving, and that I now live in Oslo. Norwegians don’t do it, don’t get it, don’t get that Thursday off, plus three members of my four-person family are vegetarians, so there’s no point.
13. You’ve just been turned into a lousy superhero. Who are you, and who is your nemesis?
KS: I’m Intergalactica, and I clean up space junk. Do I have to be lousy? My nemesis is NASA, who keep putting more junk out there, so maybe I’m just overworked.
14. Name a thought that has profoundly scared you in the night.
KS: That I would never publish a novel.
15. You’re stinking rich. What’s the first thing you add to your home?
KS: An office. View of trees, bookcases, big comfy chair with ottoman, and a door that stays shut unless you ask nicely.
- 16. What are you up to this weekend?
KS: Hopefully something to do with St. Patrick’s Day. Again, difficult to do in Oslo. [Editor's note: this Q&A was done a few weeks ago, obviously.]
17. Which color makes you feel the most comfortable? The most anxious?
KS: Most comfortable, probably blue. Most anxious, red. My mother had red carpet in her bedroom briefly in the 1970s, said it was emitting energy and keeping her up at night, and got rid of it. I’ve been mildly suspicious of the color red ever since.
18. What is the strangest job you ever had?
KS: Part-time secretary for a State Farm agent in Chicago when I was 17. He never really taught me to do anything. His dad was the other agent in the office and his dad’s secretary would show me stuff occasionally. I felt I had accomplished something if I got him to put his cigarette in the ashtray before he accidentally ashed on someone’s policy.
19. I mean honestly: aren’t you better off living without ___?
KS: Oreos. But not really.
20. James Cameron discovers something new at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. What do you hope it is?
KS: Well, obviously, it has to be intelligent life sitting there with a smug took-you-long-enough smile.
Kate Southwood received an M.A. in French Medieval Art from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Program for Poets and Writers. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Oslo, Norway with her husband and their two daughters. Falling to Earth, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, is her first novel.
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