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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. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Lovely and Beautiful. Once I realized this, I changed a sentence in a manuscript from "Uncle William died on a beautiful summer day" to read "Uncle William died on an ordinary summer day." And to my amazement, the ordinary was more beautiful.

Q. What do you regret most?

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

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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm small, unlike the Girl Giant

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