About Karen Katz
Q. Previous occupations
A. costume designer,album cover designer,book jacket designer
Q. Favorite job
A. what I do now..write and illustrate my books
Q. High school and/or college
A. West Orange High School,Tyler School of Art,Yale graduate school of art and architecture
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. at the moment..yo yo ma and black eye peas
Q. Favorite movie
A. most recently Slum dog Millionaire
Q. Favorite television show
A. Big Love,24,Lost,True Blood,House,The Closer
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. great,lucky to do what I love,not perfect
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. today could be a great day
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Figuring out a difficult painting, hanging out with my daughter after school, having my husband make a delicious dinner, reading good fiction and then watching masterpiece theater. Watching the sun set over Lake Atitlan in Guatemala was pretty good too.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. running out of white paint when I have a deadline.only kidding..that question is too serious.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. right here in my living room reading a good book,or maybe in Mexico on the beach.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. my 5 year old self
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. my mother who fought cancer three times
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. what do you think of this?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. never finding a good hairdo
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. to be a prima ballerina
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. without a doubt raising a fabulous daughter
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I worry too much
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. today?Billy Elliot after he became a principle dancer
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I'm funny
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Olive Kitteridge
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. can't think of one right now
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. let me think about that for a few days
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. people who unwrap candy in movie theaters
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I actually spend most of my time painting,but I guess the answer would have to be being a mom
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. being a backup singer
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. these questions are so serious! ok love,trust,courage
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. now that’s an insane question.brown rice or Crème du leche ice cream
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. today? Maneater/ Nelly Futado...Helplessy Hoping/ Crosby Stills & Nash...I gotta feeling/Black Eyed Peas...El Cuarto de Tula/ Buena Vista Social Club.....My Everything/Barry White
Q. How did you come to write Shake It Up, Baby!?
A. I wanted to do something fun and interactive. What could be more fun than shaking a book that is a rattle!