Author Revealed

About Trudi Trueit

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 6/27

Q. Previous occupations

A. Television news reporter, TV weather forecaster, public relations specialist, freelance writer

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing children's fiction and non-fiction, without a doubt!

Q. High school and/or college

A. High school: Kent Meridian H.S. in Kent, WA; college: Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Kathy Mattea

Q. Favorite movie

A. A Room with A View

Q. Favorite television show

A. Project Runway

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Above the clouds but still learning to fly

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Anything worth having takes everything you've got

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Loving what you do (a majority of the time). Sharing your life with someone who can make you laugh. Spending time with people who warm your soul.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Losing loved ones

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. With my husband, Bill, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Amelia Earhart

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Billy Graham

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Sweet! I can't stop saying it since writing Secrets of a Lab Rat

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That I can't, or don't, get all of the ideas in my head on the page

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. the piano

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My marriage

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am not adventurous enough (even the automatic doors at the grocery store scare me)

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Stick-to-it-iveness. I don't give up easily.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. An illustrator or painter (I'm just a doodler)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I snort when I laugh

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jo March in Little Women (a strong woman who is a writer!)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Thomas Jefferson. I wrote a biography about him, and found him to be a fascinating, brilliant, complex person. I would love to get his impressions of the global marketplace, modern politics, and the first African-American president of the United States.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Rudeness

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Photography

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Spy (but I'd settle for private investigator)

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, Compassion, Mercy

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Cherries Jubilee

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Standing Knee Deep in a River by Kathy Mattea, Ready for the Storm by Kathy Mattea, Breathless by The Corrs, The Fool by Lee Ann Womack, Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Jane Austen E.L. Konigsburg Adele Griffin Beverly Cleary Mary E. Pearson

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Little Women Kidnapped Jonathan Livingston Seagull Pride and Prejudice Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Sense and Sensibility

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write the book your heart tells you must be written

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That they can relate to my characters. Hooray!