About K. M. Walton
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I was a professional nanny, started my own cleaning business in college, and cocktail waitressed. After college, I taught middle school language arts and adored every minute.
Q. Favorite job
A. Writing, hands down, is the best job on the planet.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Archbishop Prendergast and Villa Joseph Marie for high school and West Chester University for college.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Radiohead. They're geniuses.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Napoleon Dynomite, gosh.
Q. Favorite television show
A. LOST. I miss you.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. I love my life, my family, and writing.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If you want it, make it happen.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being on a private tropical beach with my husband and two sons. We'd swim all day in the crystal blue water, have our lunch grilled for us and delivered, as we lounged on padded chaises. Fresh tropical drinks in our hands (non-alcoholic in the boys' hands of course, what kind of mother do you think I am?) and a live reggae band playing Jimmy Cliff and Bob to complete the mood. Wow. Want. Now.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Spiders. They're the creepiest things.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Ireland. It's the most magical place on Earth to me.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Rosa Parks. She stood up for justice and that is something I prided myself on while I was a teacher. I embedded the fight against injustice into every unit I taught. Every single one.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My mother. She taught me by example: kindness, empathy, drive, determination.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I'm a big fan of "so." Kind of a boring word, but sweet mother do I use it a lot.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Probably the big bowl of ice cream I just ate.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. The love of exercise.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My children. They are the nicest human beings.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I suck at making new friends.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Making people feel comfortable.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'd still be me. Maybe the skinnier me from my 20s but, still me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My curly hair. People always ask me if its natural. Yep, it is.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Harry Potter all the way. Hands down.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Darth Vadar. The dude is a total badass.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd love to meet the female Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut. Women who rise to ultimate power in male dominated societies are, in my opinion, hardcore amounts of awesome. I'd ask her what makes her laugh...cry...feel afraid? Basic human questions. Mostly I'd just watch and observe her in action (not like a creepy stalker or anything) to see how she operates as a woman.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. One-uppers. People who are incapable of complimenting and then try and top what you're saying or just out and out lie to top you. It's weird and I'll never understand it.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Teaching. I loved all twelve years in the classroom. L O V E D.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Writing. I know, right? Can you say, lucky??
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, empathy, genuineness
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. I'm thinking the fajita salad from On the Border because there are so many different things in that salad that it would help bolster variety in that situation. But it would be hard to eat that for breakfast.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. 1. Lover You Should've Come Over by Jeff Buckley 2. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead 3. Trouble by Coldplay 4. The High Road by Broken Bells 5. You Will Leave a Mark by A Silent Film
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jandy Nelson, A.S. King, John Green, Sherman Alexie, J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, James Howe, and Stephen King,
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Stand by Stephen King The Red Tent by Anita Diamant The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling The Giver by Lois Lowry
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Harry Potter series.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. If you want it, then make it happen - write, research, write, write, write, query, write.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. Where did you get the idea for this book?