Interview: Kimberly P. Chase, YA Author

KimKimberly P. Chase writes young adult and new adult science fiction. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, which basically means she’s kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and let’s not forget kissing!

When Kimberly’s not writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.

Her debut novel is THE APOLLO ACADEMY. Keep up with Kimberly on her website.

Let’s see how Kimberly answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
A hot shower. Cartoons on Sunday morning. Cookies in the oven. A new book. Movie night.

ApolloAcademyCoverWhich talent would you most like to have?
Public Speaking.

On what occasion do you lie?
Usually my face turns bright red when I lie, so I try not to very often. I’ll attempt to lie when I’m trying to save someone else’s feelings or I’m trying to decline an awkward social gathering.

What is your present state of mind?

What is your motto?
Live the life you want to live.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
My favorite song changes daily, but there’s only one song that I can listen to over and over and never get sick of. Dave Mathews Band #41. The first time I heard it was in college, sitting next to my future husband.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
As someone who is completely introverted with A LOT of extroverted friends, I often wish I had their confidence in expressing themselves.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Like” “Awesome” “So”

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Your favorite painting?
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

What is your favorite journey?
Reading a good book  from beginning to end. This not only allows to me to experience something I may never have on my own, but I can also relive the journey as many times as I wish.

What is your favorite time of day?
Morning. A new day is ahead of me and anything can happen.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
My literary heroes and heroines are usually the writers themselves. I’d love to chat with Jane Austen, Aldous Huxley, or Louisa May Alcott.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
There are many things I wish to accomplish in life, but none more important than raising my son to be a happy, healthy, successful young man.

Who or what is your first love?
There is only one love in my life that supersedes all. I never understood the term unconditional love until I met him….my son.

What’s the last dream you remember?
In my dream my husband and I had traveled to a foreign country, but for some reason were asked to leave immediately. So we booked really cheap tickets on an unknown airline headed to another country. In flight, the airplane started to climb at a very scary pitch and we both knew something was wrong with our pilot. My husband and I tried to stand up and move toward the cockpit, but couldn’t get there without falling over. We thought if we could get to the cokcpit we’d be able to help fly….

And then all of a sudden we were landing. We then got off the airplane saying “What a horrible pilot he was…” And then we carried on to our connecting flight like nothing bad had happened.

Weird, huh?

What’s your madeleine?
Flying. At the age of thirteen, aviation changed my life.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?

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