Tiny Talk Tuesday with . . . Kathy Slaughter

kathyI’ve know Kathy for about two years now. Kathy worked on revising her children’s book, H is for Houston in my critique group. The book provides interesting facts that every Houstonian should know about the city. For that reason, the book is also envisioned as a Houston-related gift for both tourists and residents wanting to learn more about the city. Once polished she sought a house and she did it with 4RV Publishing! It’s been formatted and now waiting on the artwork. It is scheduled to come out soon.

She’s a former language arts specialist in the Alief Independent School District in Houston. We certainly use her skills in that department. Kathy earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Katy Kritique group.

Kathy likes to read mysteries, political intrigue, thrillers, and other realistic fiction. David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, and Sue Grafton are among her favorite authors. Her favorite children’s authors include Tomie dePaola, Gary Paulsen, and Patricia Polacco. Kathy’s yearly goal is to read at least 52 books and write at least one children’s book.

She lives there with her husband, also an author, and their miniature pinscher, Maggie. She has two sons who also live in Houston.

Now to learn more about Kathy in her Tiny Talk interview.

ME: If you could spend a day with a book character who would it be and why? 

Kathy: If I could spend a day with one of my book characters, who would it be and why? Sam Houston was a colorful character who had an important role in Texas history. I would love to sit on the front porch of his home in Huntsville and listen to his stories as he whittles.


ME: Finish this sentence. A perfect day would be . . .

KATHY: A perfect day: a blue sky, sunshine, white sands, turquoise water, a cool drink, a beach chair and umbrella, and a good book.

ME: Tell me when we’re leaving.

ME: How do you want to be remembered? 

KATHY: How do I want to be remembered: as a teacher who made a difference in the lives of her students.

ME: I agree. Teachers are so important to shaping lives of kids.


ME: If you could have dinner with an author who would it be and why? 

KATHY: If I could have dinner with an author it would be Robert Ludlam. I feel like I need a character map when I read his books and would like to know how he plots his novels. I enjoy his works and he introduced me to the thriller genre, which is what I read most.

ME: What is your favorite word in the English language? 

KATHY: What is my favorite word in the English language? Copacetic, which means very satisfactory, is a favorite word because not many people spell it correctly or know what it means. I like the way it sounds.

Thank you so much, Kathy for taking the time to do the interview. Can’t wait until A is for Austin and D is for Dallas comes out.


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