Author Interview: Kate Maloy

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Kate Maloy

Who doesn’t enjoy reading interviews about other writers and what they reveal about their process? We all come from such diverse backgrounds, embrace words and tell tales. I’ve also throughly enjoyed the Q&A James Lipton asked on Inside the Actor’s Studio TV Show, so I thought I’d also add these set questions from Bernard Pivot to the end of the Interview. The questions were originally asked on the French series: “Bouillon de Culture” hosted by Bernard Pivot.

I met Kate Maloy at an Artist Way Seminar last year in Winston-Salem. We were a diverse group of creatives who became great friends and still meet monthly. Kate is both an author and editor, who agreed to be interviewed here on Mimosa Mornings.

I have more authors lined up, so come back each week for more insights into the minds of writers you may already know or discover someone new. If you are a writer and would like to be interviewed here, please let us know!

MMW:
What is your name, where are you from, where do you live and where have you lived?
KM: 
Kate Maloy
Have lived in ten states, including Vermont, where Every Last Cuckoo is set.
Am now in North Carolina and working on something that’s set here—something that might never happen because it’s bizarre and I really don’t know how to do it. Yet.

MMW:
What genre do you write?
KM:
Literary fiction

MMW:
What genre do you read?
KM:
Literary fiction, mystery, auto/biography, poetry, stuff about art

MMW:
What is your hobby or passion?
KM:
In addition to writing—drawing (newly rediscovered), gardening, walking (miles and miles), a bit of political activism

MMW:
When did you know you were a writer?
KM:
Hmmm. I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer, at least since I learned to read. But it took the right circumstances at the right time for Cuckoo to emerge. I wrote a mystery years before that, but it was sloppy.

MMW:
What is it about writing that you hate?
KM:
The insecurity, the lack of uninterrupted time, the strenous building and rebuilding of confidence, the urge to read through others’ eyes—which nearly always tell me I’m doing something wrong.
everyLastCuckoo
MMW:
What is your favorite part of writing?
KM:
Those mysterious, exquisite moments when I disappear and remarkable images and ideas show up and characters do what I never would have thought of.

MMW:
What is your elevator pitch?
Ick. I hates them. They never—or I never—communicate the essence. I avoid them. See?

MMW:
What book made you want to write?
KM:
I think no single one. It’s more like the endless love of reading, language, imagery, and characters made me want to write.

MMW:
What do you do to keep momentum?
KM:
Try not to berate myself when I lose it.

Now, for the famous and entertaining
question set of Bernard Pivot

KM: I had to look up who Bernard Pivot is. I like his questions.

BP:
What is your favorite word?
KM:
The perfect one at the perfect moment.

BP:
What is your least favorite word?
KM:
The wrong one at the wrong moment. The tone-deaf one. The one that almost fits but doesn’t quite. The overused one. The overly dramatic one. The extraneous one. The first one that comes to mind. The colorless one, the boring one, the predictable one.

BP:
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
KM:
Serendipity. Friends and family. Dreams—the few I remember. Long walks. Books that ignite my brain, energy, admiration. Being outside, walking or in my small garden or sitting under the enormous crab apple tree with a book or notebook. Two small children who live in the apartment above mine and are bursting with energy and love. Anyone who is bursting with energy and love.

BP:
What turns you off?
KM:
Ignorance, pettiness, judgmental attitudes, bigotry, misogyny, stinginess, cruelty, jealousy—any form of hate. And heavy traffic.

BP:
What word should be a curse word?
KM:
Trump

BP:
What sound or noise do you love?
KM:
Birdsong

BP:
What sound or noise do you hate?
KM:
Car horns and loud mean voices

BP:
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
KM:
Teacher—though I think I’d be terrible at it.

BP:
What profession would you not like to do?
KM:
Accountant

BP:
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
KM:
What took you so long?

Links:
Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy (Amazon)
Bernard Pivot’s Questions
Kate Maloy on Goodreads

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