Tuesday’s Chat with Taryn

Today I’m lucky to give you guys a chance to get to know Kimberley Troutte a little better. I hope you all enjoy meeting her as much as I did! Here’s her bio
Kimberley Troutte has been a substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a major defense contractor, aerobics instructor, real-estate broker, freelance writer, homework corrector and caregiver to all the creatures the kids/hubby/dog drag in. She lives with her husband, two sons, one dog and four snakes in Southern California.
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?


Wow, there are so many authors I admire and think are wonderful, creative and smart. Oh, and good looking. Um, did I say they are great, great writers too? I have to pick one author? Oh boy, I’m starting to sweat. Is it hot in here? I have so many writer friends who are totally crush-worthy. Nobody hate me, okay?


Okay, here comes the name—Meg Cabot. I mean come on! She’s adorable in person and so darned hilarious. Plus, she’s generous. She graciously allowed me to interview her for my Chick Lit Chapter and was honest, funny, and wonderful. Yep, when I grow up, I want to be just like Meg Cabot. Love her. And I love you all too dear author friends. Smooches.


2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?


When I was in high school my teachers started to notice that I had a talent. I don’t mean just my English teachers either. When given the task to write a three-paged historical essay about, let’s say Columbus, I would turn in a first-person account written as Columbus’ dog. And it would be ten pages instead of three. I was lucky that my teachers gave me free reign to do that sort of thing.


In college I decided I wanted to be a novelist, so of course I got a degree in Business Economics and then a graduate degree in Systems Management. LOL. I suspected I would not be a bestselling author right off the bat, which was a good bet, especially since I didn’t know much about the publishing industry.


It took me twenty years to get serious, learn the ropes and improve my craft enough to sell Catch Me in Castile.Yes, you could call it a long journey. Not really a marathon, more like an endurance race around the globe. I feel like I am settling into a good stride now. I seriously hope it never ends.


3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?


I like to edit while on the elliptical machine at the YMCA. I catch my mistakes better if I print out chapters and step away from my desk. People at the Y used to ask me what I was up to—scribbling while panting—but now they all seem to get it. Either that or they’ve decided it’s safer to step away from the crazy lady on the elliptical machine. She has a sharp pencil and appears to know how to use it.


4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…A minute later she emerges with snappy dialogue and action scenes swirling in her head. Tomorrow it will be a monk, a firefighter, and a poolboy in a jacuzzi on Mars. Gosh, it’s wonderful to be a writer.


5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate                    or         flowers
Talk                             or         Text
Mountains                   or         Beach
Cowboy                      or         Marine
Wine                            or         Beer
Cats                             or         Dogs
Ebooks                        or         Paperbacks
Pantser                                    or         Plotter
Batman                        or         Superman
Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible
Prius                            or         Hemmie
Follow the rules          or         Break the rules
TV                               or         Movies
NY                              or         LA
Vampires                     or         Angels
Fall                              or         Spring
Neat                            or         Messy
Werewolf                    or         Genie
Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks
Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant
Thank you for having me!
*The pleasure’s all mine, Kimberley! Thanks for being such a wonderful guest!*

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