At Home with Young Adult Fantasy Author Kathryn Sullivan


Author’s Name: Kathryn Sullivan
Book Title: Talking to Trees
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Author’s Bio:
Kathryn Sullivan writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, published in both e-book and trade paperback. Her latest book, Talking To Trees, is the sequel to the award-winning The Crystal Throne. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

She is a member of EPIC and Broad Universe. Kathryn lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffsides on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world. She is well used to dealing with alien lifeforms, as she’s owned by two birds (a cockatoo and a jenday) who graciously allow her to write about other animals, as well as birdlike aliens. Visit her website at

1. Where do you live (city, country)? The small university town of Winona, MN
2. What is the weather like? Right now it’s very cold with snow forecast. A typical Midwestern town with all four seasons.
3. Have you lived there very long? Thirty years
4. Would you rather live somewhere else? I like traveling and visiting other areas, but I do like Minnesota.
5. Are you married or single? Single
6. Do you have kids? No
7. Where were you born? The very small Chicago suburb of Berkeley, IL
8. What was your childhood like? I remember my friends and I made up all sorts of adventures that took place in our backyards. I read a lot as well.
9. What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? I worked at the high school library and babysat during the school year. During the summer my parents had a summer cottage at a lake in Wisconsin and that’s where we spent the entire summer. I water-skied, sailed our small sailboat, swam, played golf and read while my sisters were getting tans. I had a group of friends in the area that, when we weren’t playing softball or other sports, we were making up adventures – spies, westerns, space exploration. My mother had a large bell that she rang when my sister and I were supposed to come home.
10. Do you have an outside job? I’m Distance Learning Librarian at Winona State University in Winona, MN
11. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Play with my birds, read, go to a movie.
12. What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? French toast
13. Do you have any pets? Two birds: a Moluccan cockatoo named Bayla and a Jenday conure named MacGyver
14. Do you know your neighbors? Yes. I know the neighbors on one side better because they have three kids who love to read.
15. Pepsi or Coke? Pepsi
16. Favorite time of year? Spring
17. Favorite color? Any shade of blue
18. Favorite book? Only one? I have many favorites. Probably Lord of the Rings as that is what got me interested in writing fantasy as a thirteen-year-old.
19. Does your car look better than your house? Definitely the car. I keep very little in it because I’m always having to load it up for conventions.
20. What’s on your mousepad? Mountains
21. How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? Three, because I’m usually on the other side of the house when it rings. But then, that’s what answer machines are for.
22. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? Write down that scene! Because I’m usually dreaming about my work-in-progress.
23. Chocolate or vanilla? Swirled, please.
24. Do you like to drive too fast? Not since I got cruise-control in my car. Now it’s just so easy to set the speed and not think about it.
25. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No.
26. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? Janet Kagan. I loved her stories.
27. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? I don’t drink alcohol. My father’s father was an alcoholic and I refuse to touch the stuff.
28. What is your zodiac sign? Aquarius
29. If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? A librarian on a starship or a space colony.
30. What’s under your bed? Dust. And maybe a book or two fallen from the stack-waiting-to-be-read.
31. Is the glass half empty or half full? Half-full.

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