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. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Like I said, I hate to wait.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mary Breckenridge--she loved babies, and so do I.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Black Beauty.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm not too good at waiting. So, impatience would definitely be my Achilles heel.

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