Kristen den Hartog

Kristen den Hartog is a novelist and memoir writer. Her previous novels are Water Wings, The Perpetual Ending, which was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award, and Origin of Haloes. The Occupied Garden: A Family Memoir of War-torn Holland was written with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski, and was a Toronto Globe and Mail Notable Book of 2008. She also writes a blog, Blog of Green Gables (http://blogofgreengables.wordpress.com/), about her experiences reading children’s literature with her daughter. She lives in Toronto with her family.
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Kristen den Hartog
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. In difficult times, I try to remember to ask myself, How can I make this situation better?

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

A. Too much of one thing is awful to imagine.

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

A. I was a floral designer for many years, and I loved it. I like to make things with my hands.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I sit on the fence (but see my best quality -- the best and worse are usually linked)

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Letting fear, or a lack of confidence, stop me from doing things I want to do.

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