Author Revealed

About Ronald Kidd

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/29

Q. Previous occupations

A. Editor, children's record producer

Q. Favorite job

A. Director of Product Development at Walt Disney Records

Q. High school and/or college

A. UCLA and Taft High School in Los Angeles

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Gustav Mahler, Alison Krauss

Q. Favorite movie

A. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955 version)

Q. Favorite television show

A. Fringe

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. I love my family. I'm addicted to stories.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Writing is reading turned inside out.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Friday night with my wife Yvonne and my daughter Maggie, eating pizza and watching a movie.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not being able to write

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

A. Home

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Scott O'Dell

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Barack Obama

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Hang in there

Q. What do you regret most?

A. No regrets--I love my life.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Playing the piano

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I apologize too much.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm a good listener.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Taster at an ice cream plant

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smile

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Cadfael, Ellis Peters' medieval monk detective

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. John Steinbeck William Goldman Jack Finney Robert Caro Isaac Asimov

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Time and Again, by Jack Finney Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck The Path to Power, by Robert Caro Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl Foundation trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write what you love.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Your characters talk like real people.