Author Interview & 3 Book Giveaway: Piper Reed by Kimberly Willis Holt

Welcome to Author Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including Piper Reed, Navy BratPiper Reed, Clubhouse Queen, and Piper Reed, Rodeo Star. She has written many award-winning novels, includingThe Water Seeker and My Louisiana Sky, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. A former Navy brat herself, Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. Holt long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. A few years after she started writing, her third book, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, won a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.

Interview:

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 

My grandparents and my daughter so that the stories could keep getting passed down through the generations.

What is one book everyone should read? 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD because it’s the kind of book that meets you wherever you are. I had the honor of reading the story when I was young and not so young.
Each time I’ve read it, I received something new from it.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 

Six days a week, I eat the same thing. I don’t feel right if I don’t: Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal mixed with Kashi Lean cereal, berries, walnuts and greek yogurt.
Night owl, or early bird? 
Early bird catches the worm!

Skittles or M&Ms? 

M&M’s are brain food.

Any other books in the works? 

I’m currently writing a middle grade novel that is set in the south during the 1940’s. Goals for future projects? I’d love to write another series for young readers because I loved reading them as a child and I loved writing the Piper Reed series.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I was always a reader, but I think my family had a lot to do with me wanting to be a writer. All of my family members are storytellers. They can’t just tell you something like, “I went to the store.” They have to tell you who they saw and what happened on the way to grocery cart.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 

Winning the National Book Award for my third book, WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 

Little Women.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Never give up and if you do, maybe it wasn’t meant to be after all. And that’s okay, too. Maybe it just means you’re meant to do something else that’s wonderful.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

Growing up a military brat, I learned I could live anywhere. Home is where the people you love are.

Summer or Winter? 

Winter

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day? 

Reading or writing or cooking soup for my husband and daughter.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 

That whenever I buy something online and they offer a free gift card with a message, I send one to myself.

Piper Reed Forever Friend

Piper is excited to move to a new state and catch up with old friends. But the move doesn’t go as smoothly as she expected: Piper has trouble feeling accepted in her new surroundings. But then she meets Arizona Smiley. Arizona is an avid stamp collector and bowls in a league. Piper is intrigued by Arizona’s originality and before long, she wins Arizona’s affections, and the two become great friends. This move turns out to be the best one yet, and Piper is eager to spread her trademark “Get Off the Bus” catchphrase once again.

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive signed copies of these 3 Piper Reed books

PIPER REED, FOREVER FRIEND
PIPER REED, NAVY BRAT
PIPER REED, RODEO STAR
Open to US only
Ends 8/29/12

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