Kathi is the author of more than 30 books. She writes novels, picture books, poetry, and nonfiction for children and young adults. Her publishing credits stem way back to 2006, stacking up a slew of writing credits under her belt. Her books have been translated into several languages: Spanish, Chinese,French and Swedish.
Her first novel was The Underneath, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. It features a cat and dog who live mainly beneath an old house in the Louisiana–Texas bayou. For that work she received the annual Children’s Literature award and she was also a runner-up for the National Book Award and the American Library Association Newbery Honor Book. Her recent works include Counting Crows and When Otis Courted Mama.
She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.
And now the tiny talk. Enjoy!
ME: What is your greatest accomplishment?
KATHI: Raising our two brilliant sons with my brilliant hubby.
ME: Do you have a special talent?
KATHI: I think I’m good with cats and small children.
ME: If you can spend a day with one of your book characters who would it be, and why?
KATHI: I’m working on a new story now, so I’m spending a lot of time with that main character. It would be so great if she were a real person and could just tell me her story. Then I wouldn’t have to make it up. But . . . wait . . . that’s the fun part, making it up.
ME: Tell us five words that describes you as a writer.
KATHI: Tenacious, avid, slow, serious, muddled.
ME: Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?
KATHI: I’d say I’m a bit of both, but at the end of the day, I appreciate an outline.
I am privileged to had the chance to interview Kathi. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.