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About Karen Wallace

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. Publicist, Cook, Singer

Q. Favorite job

A. I like writing

Q. High school and/or college

A. In the UK and France

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Chopin

Q. Favorite movie

A. Nine Queens

Q. Favorite television show

A. News

Revealing Questions

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

A. Exciting, challenging, industrious, happy, sad, exhilarating, frightening, tasty

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Hang in. You never know what's round the corner.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Sitting with my family on a terrace overlooking the sea on a warm night, knowing someone is cooking a fine supper for us.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing my family

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

A. In Crete with my husband

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Kathryn Swynford

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My husband

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Dunno

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not learning how to play the piano

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

A. Learn how to play the piano

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Making people laugh

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Bossing people about

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Listening

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

A. a Sumatran orangutan

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Curly hair

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Fern in CHARLOTTE'S WEB

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Cruella Deville

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

A. Elizabeth IHow do you understand your life?

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Insistent ignorance

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

A. cooking and gardening

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Blue Grass singer

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

A. love, kindness, humour

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. avocados

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Still Water by Nina Simone, How High is the Moon by Dolly Parton, Coconut Grove by Rodney Crowell, Easy Money by Lowell George, A Simple Thing called Love by Sam Llewellyn

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Anya Seton, Gerald Durrell, E.B. White, Syliva Bedford,  Christopher Hibbert.

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

A. Emily of New Moon by LM MacDonaldThe Balkan Trilogy by Olivia ManningBeloved by Toni MorrisonQuincunx by Charles PalliserHell Bay by Sam Llewellyn

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher

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

A. Keep a diary

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

A. How do you get your inspiration?

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