About Kayt Sukel
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I've worked as a waitress, research assistant, professor, usability engineer, pseudo-professional military spouse volunteer, travel blogger, freelance writer and Mom.
Q. Favorite job
A. I can't imagine anything better than writing. It's challenging--but I'm always learning something new and I love that. The whole Mom thing is pretty cool, too. The laundry is never ending but the perks rule.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I received my undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a neuroscience research assistant at Harvard University and then went on to get my Master's degree at Georgia Tech. I'm just your typical overeducated nerd, I guess.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. You can't ask me to pick just one. It's mean. But the last song that turned up on my iPod was Roger Clyne and the Peacemaker's "Green and Dumb."
Q. Favorite movie
A. Harold and Maude, no question.
Q. Favorite television show
A. These days, I'm a Sons of Anarchy addict. But I also enjoy True Blood, Homeland, Firefly and Scrubs. (Again, I can't seem to pick just one).
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. "Mom, please help me transform Optimus Prime again."
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I believe in science, discovery, adventure and wonder. Also? Naps.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A good bottle of Pinot Noir, a hammock, a good book, boy laughter and a nice saltwater breeze sounds quite ideal at the moment.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I don't have many fears. But bedbugs give me the serious heebie jeebies.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Malta. But check back in a week or so--as I'm an avid traveler, this is always subject to change.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. You know how most people think they are reincarnated from some famous historical figure? I can tell you now that if there is reincarnation, I am the karmic ancestor of some no-name scullery maid. It's the only explanation for the state of my house.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. I admire anyone who is living with integrity and compassion.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. Dude. Yep. I'm totally a "duder." Worse, I think I'm passing this trait to my child. Please don't call the authorities.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I don't believe in regret. I've learned the most important lessons from my mistakes.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be able to *really* play the piano.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Cliche, but my son, no question.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I am very impatient. Pathologically punctual, too.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm very adaptable--helped along by a very irreverent (and usually inappropriate) sense of humor.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'm pretty happy as myself.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My eyes. People call them my "mood ring" eyes since they change color from day to day.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. There is no one who can match Scarlett O'Hara. She's my favorite.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Eric Northman. And no, I'm not kidding. I love me some bad, sexy Viking. I love me some bad, sexy Viking in a serious way.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Probably lateness. Refer back to that pathological punctuality and impatience. I like to start on time.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading. I read a lot--in fact, I'm fairly certain that purchasing that e-reader has made me a bonafide e-book junkie.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I think I may have it. But if someone wanted to pay me the big bucks to do whatever I want whenever I wanted to do it,I'd be open to the arrangement.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. An adventurous spirit, an easy laugh and an open mind.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Mashed potatoes. (Although I suppose I should check whether gravy and butter are considered condiments or additional things).
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. The Refreshments, "Down Together"; Stereophonics, "Maybe Tomorrow"; The Cure, "Just Like Heaven"; Ani Di Franco, "32 Flavors"; and Shakira, "La Tortura." (This list is subject to change based on time frame, mood or what I find tucked away on an old mix tape).
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Where to begin?! Off the top of my head, I can immediately mention fantastic writers like Larry McMurtry, Tom Perrotta, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Atwood, Charlaine Harris, Laura Lippman, Steven Pinker, Mary Roach, Jonathan Tropper, Rebecca Skloot, Lily Burana, Barbara Kingsolver, Kazuo Ishiguro, Oscar Wilde, Margaret Mitchell, Ian McEwan, Ann Patchett, Tom Robbins and Alison Buckholtz. But I'm forgetting a few dozen others I admire...
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. 5 of all time? That's an impossible question for me. But hopefully my 5 for right now will do: Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin" Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" W. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" Kurban Said's "Ali and Nino" Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove"
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin." I pick it up at least once a year--and it speaks to me in a different way each time I do.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Get the words out of your brain and on to the page--don't get too stuck on your first draft, otherwise, you'll never get past the first chapter.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "What were you really thinking about in that fMRI scanner?"