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 acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Perhaps it's more a skill than a talent -- but to speak multiple languages. Not necessarily all at once, but that might be fun too.

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

A. In the moment. I always have trouble staying there.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

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

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