Kathi Appelt

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Keeper, and many picture books. She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Write like your fingers are on fire.

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

A. I would love to play the piano.

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

A. I love being in my own studio and home. No other place is quite so sweet.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Tis a Gift to be Simple," a Shaker song; "Here Comes the Sun," the Beatles; "Eyes of Blue," Ken Appelt; "Tom Cat Trouble," by Tim Henderson; "St. Francis Fire," by Idgy Vaughn

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I like to think that I'm a good listener.

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