Author Revealed

About Kelly McClymer

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/22

Q. Previous occupations

A. Teacher, Publications Specialist, Secretary, Customer Service Representative, drugstore clerk, babysitter

Q. Favorite job

A. Fiction Writer.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Delaware for both -- William Penn High and University of Delaware

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bob Dylan

Q. Favorite movie

A. Today? Akeela and the Bee

Q. Favorite television show

A. This year? Pushing Daisies (boo hoo on its cancellation)

Revealing Questions

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

A. Devoted to asking and trying to answer, "Why ...?"

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Why only ask why, when researching the answer can prove so interesting?

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Recognizing that happiness is best when it is fleeting and unexpected, and because of that, it should be savored when it comes.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being the neighborhood mean old grouch when I get old (not for many, many years from now).

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

A. Hawaii

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I identify with every person in every time past and present who wanted (and/or wants) to end warfare.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Oprah. It seems to me that she always asks herself how she can make the world better and have a little fun.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. But. And. So. Which. All the 'connector' words...but I do love them so very much.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not finding Ponce de Leon's fountain of youth (although I did look when I was in Florida).

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

A. Singing. On key. With melody (to be very specific).

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Never giving up on my dreams, no matter how far fetched or bizarre others may find them.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Whining. Aloud.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Curiosity.

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

A. Me.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My tendency to daydream at inopportune times.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Today? Harriet the Spy.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Miss Haversham [shiver]

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

A. Lincoln. "Skip the play." (this sounds familiar to me, so I believe I'm not the first to say this).

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Those who think a rule or custom is universally applicable. Except for brushing your teeth, everyone should do that, of course.

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

A. Teaching.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Video game designer for virtual reality games.

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

A. Empathy. Patience. Generosity of spirit.

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

A. ...?! ...!? ...well, if I had to ... pistachios

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Today? Hmmm: Winner Takes It All (ABBA): With or Without You (U2); Shattered (O.A.R); Viva La Vida (Coldplay); I Am Where It Takes Me (Black Light Burns)

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Mary Shelley

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

A. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, Oliver, 1984

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Dictionary

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

A. Love words and treat them well.

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

A. When is your next book coming out?

Q. How did you come to write Getting to Third Date?

A. I wondered about what it felt like to be challenged to be less timid and safe in romantic life choices for someone who really didn't want to get her heart broken.

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