Kristina McMorris, a former child television star and public relations professional, admits that she was barely a fiction reader when first discovering her grandparents’ World War II correspondence. However those written exchanges inspired her to write and become a novelist as Letters From Home debuts on February 22, 2011.
This one sentence description tells: Letters from Home is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war–and the chance encounters that change us forever.
And Early Praise claims:
“Ambitious and compelling…[a] sweeping debut.”
“An absolutely lovely debut novel.”
KRISTIN HANNAH, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane
“A novel to savor and remember.”
BEN SHERWOOD, president of ABC News and bestselling author of The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud
“Skillfully written… sweeps the reader away.”
LYNN “BUCK” COMPTON, “Band of Brothers” WWII vet
The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Letters from Home for Monday, February 21, 2011 but, for now, let’s meet the author through her “official” bio:
Kristina McMorris penned her first novel, LETTERS FROM HOME, based on inspiration from her grandparents’ wartime courtship. The recipient of a dozen national literary awards, this debut is scheduled for release March 2011 from Kensington Books (US) and Avon/HarperCollins (UK). Kristina has worked as a weekly TV host since age nine, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.
And now it’s time to get to know Kristina, much more upclose and personal:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Happy, full, loving, blessed, busy, rewarding, adventurous, memorable
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Spending a fun day with my husband and two young sons with no deadlines or thoughts about work; only the sound of the kids giggling at each other, topped off with lots of hugs.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Outliving my children.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: In Italy, eating tiramisu and sipping a cappuccino on a terrace overlooking Florence, where I used to live.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Martin Luther King, Jr. — for the racial views we share on peace and equality
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Any number of the WWII veterans I’ve had the privilege of interviewing in the course of my research. When it comes to humility, there are no better teachers.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: In real life. probably the word “crazy” — just because it’s so dang versatile. “Kids, stop acting so crazy!” “Wow…that’s crazy.” See what I mean?
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Speaking articulately to large crowds without the burden of jittery nerves.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My children, without question.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
Q: What’s your best quality?
Q: What do you regret most?
A: Caring so much about what others thought while in junior high and high school. Don’t we all wish that?
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I’d have to say Oprah, though just for a day — long enough to experience her fascinating yet hectic daily routine and, of course, to choose my novel for her book club. Duh.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Physically, that I’m a combination of races (Japanese and Irish-American); personality-wise, that I’m very social.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: In hopes that film references are allowed, this one is a toss up between Maximus from Gladiator and Captain Von Trapp!
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Death, the witty and incredibly compelling narrator in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: I’d have to name a group of athletes: the 1919 Chicago White Sox; and I’d say, “Don’t do it, fellas. Believe me, you’ll regret the decision forever.”
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Drivers who refuse to let you into their lane for no good reason.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Hosting television shows
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Playing the lead in Miss Saigon on Broadway
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: A good heart, funny, approachable
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Handmade gnocchi (potato pasta) – yum!
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) by Frank Sinatra; White Christmas by The Drifters; The Dance by Garth Brooks; I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; and Believe by Josh Groban
Q What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: The Book Thief, Water for Elephants, The Help, The Kommandant’s Girl, and Devil At My Heels
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