Interview: Krista Van Dolzer, YA writer and Mother.Write.(Repeat.) blogger

Krista Van Dolzer is a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer by naptime. She holds degrees in Mathematics Education and Economics from Brigham Young University but tries not to talk–or write–like a mathematician. If she’s not typing away on the computer, she’s probably watching college football or wiping someone’s nose. She lives with her husband and three young kids in Mesquite, Nevada and is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary. Visit her fabulous blog here.

Now let’s see how she answered the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
A lazy fall day with my family, good food, and a little time for writing.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
You know, I’m not a huge music person, so I don’t really have a favorite. Does silence count?

Which talent would you most like to have?
I quite like writing, but I really wish I could paint.

On what occasion do you lie?
Since we just spent the evening trying to teach our five-year-old honesty, I think I’m going to have to pass on this one.

What is your present state of mind?
A little addled. Said five-year-old had a bad day today, so I’m still recovering.

What is your motto?
See other people the way that God sees them. Try to help them on their way. And don’t compare your journey to theirs.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
The ability to be both harsh and encouraging–and to know which one I need when.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
In real life, “You know?” In writing, “just,” “that,” and “snorted.”

Your favorite painting?
Ooh, that’s a tough one for someone who almost minored in Art History. I can’t narrow it down to just one, so I’ll say that my favorite art movement is Impressionism.

Impression Sunrise, 1872
Claude Monet

What is your favorite journey?
Any journey I make for the first time.

What is your favorite time of day?
Late afternoon, when the light is golden and syrupy and slants horizontally through the windows.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
As cliche as it sounds, I’d love to get together with Elizabeth and Jane Bennet. They’re remarkable women, at once strong and dignified. (Oh, and I don’t drink coffee, so I’d have to convince them to share a hot chocolate.)

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
I’d really love to publish a book someday, but even if I don’t, I’ll still die happy as long as I’ve lived well.

Who or what is your first love?
My first love turned out to be the man that I married, so he’s my last love, too:)

What’s the last dream you remember?
I was substituting a high school English class and had no idea what I was supposed to be teaching. The kids picked up on my nervousness and managed to get me rambling, and before I knew it, the bell was ringing and the kids were leaving and I felt like a moron.

What’s your madeleine?
My madeleine is that warm, musty smell that blows out of the AC when you first turn your car on. You’d think it would be gross, but it always transports me to the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland:)

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?