About Katie Savage
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Teacher, Waitress, Retail Sales, Waitress, Nanny, Waitress
Q. Favorite job
Q. High school and/or college
A. Point Loma Nazarene University
Q. Favorite movie
A. Billy Madison
Q. Favorite television show
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Crazy and full--usually covered in spit-up.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."- Jesus
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Having a baby fall asleep on you. And perhaps I'd be rocking said baby to sleep on a porch overlooking a white sand beach. And Bono would be there. You know, singing hymns to help the baby sleep. And someone highly qualified might be massaging my feet. And then another person would bring out a platter of delicious cheeses so that I could keep my strength up.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Becoming lactose intolerant.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. See question regarding "Perfect Happiness."
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. You've never heard of her.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My husband.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Perhaps," "seems like" and "I think." I am a commit-a-phobe.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not inventing and patenting the Snuggie when I had the chance.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be a good runner. Magically--not through practice.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Miles and Genevieve. I don't know that I "achieved" them, but labor made it feel like that, so I'm going with it.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I hope it's compassion.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I can't imagine being anything or anyone but me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I hope it's compassion, but I have a feeling that it's my proclivity for using the filler word "umm."
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Alyosha Karamazov.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Arvin Sloane from Alias.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Jesus. And I hope I wouldn't be talking but listening.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. When people take themselves too seriously. Or when you need something from your purse and you can't find it, even though you specifically carry small purses in order to avoid this.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Bubble baths.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Writing books. Or being an extra on one of JJ Abrams's shows.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty. Compassion. The ability to forgive.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Oh, this question only means to embarrass me. Think of the dorkiest songs you know; then imagine me liking them.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Anne Lamott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marilynne Robinson, Scott Russell Sanders, E.B. White, Frederick Buechner, Sloan Crosley, Donald Miller, Ralph Ellison, Dean Nelson, Ranier Maria Rilke, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Tina Fey, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, J.D. Salinger, Jon Krakauer, John Steinbeck
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Gilead by Marilynne RobinsonTraveling Mercies by Anne LamottThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonTwelfth Night by William Shakespeare (does a drama count?)
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. There's no one way to write-- do it how it works for you.