Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her son and dog in West Covina, California.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. (Gandhi)

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

A. Empathy, strength, creativity

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. becoming a published writer

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a very lenient mother of both my son and my dog.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I spend the average work day writing and wasting time in equal measure.  I hardly ever go anywhere because I hate to drive, so I order almost everything over the Internet.  Nearly the only time I leave the house is to walk my Doberman.  I have a raging caffeine addiction and drink about seven cups of iced tea a day.  I eat about ten carrots a day; on a recent occasion when I DID venture to the grocery store, the guy packing my groceries put his hand next to mine and said, "Look how orange you are!"  I can't walk through the living room because there are too many Lego minifigs and green army guys on the floor.  My six-year-old son and my dog have the energy of ten NBA stars between them -- that's why I need caffeine.  In short, my life is just about perfect.

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