Linda: 1. What was your motivation in becoming an author and writer? What did you do before you were a writer?
Kitty Zeldis: When I was young, I wanted to be a ballerina, and I studied classical ballet very seriously. But I was neither talented nor driven enough to have a life as a professional dancer. I started writing when I was in my early 20’s, and in graduate school for something else. But once I decided to be a fiction writer, I never looked back.
Linda: 2. What motivated or inspired you to write?
Kitty Zeldis: I think all writers begin as readers; I know I did. For so many of us, writing is often an outgrowth of our passion for reading.
Linda: 3. How did you go about researching for your book?
Kitty Zeldis: In a sense, I’d been researching it for years because I love films, photographs, and fashion from the 1940s and was familiar with the period. But I did additional reading, photo research and fact-checking for certain details.
Linda: 4. What are your goals for readers to take away after reading?
Linda: 5. What is a typical day of your life?
Kitty Zeldis: Dogs (there are two) go out and do their business. Coffee with my husband, made by my nifty Nespresso machine, which makes a perfect latte every time. My days vary but when I’m working on a novel, I try to work a few hours in the morning, break for lunch (and doggy care) and then back to work until dinner. I may work a little more after dinner but not always—need some downtime too.
Linda: 6. What are your hobbies or things you do in your downtime?
Linda: 7. What can you tell us of any new writing projects that you might have?
Kitty Zeldis: I’m working on a novel set in New Orleans in 1916-1917. NOLA fans take note!
Linda: 8. What are your favorite genres of books that you like to read?
Kitty Zeldis: When I’m writing a novel (which is a lot of the time!) I find it hard to read one—I keep analyzing as I read and it gets in the way of my enjoyment. So I stick to poetry and short stories; in my opinion, the latter are more like poems than they are novels.
Linda: 9 What advice can you give to someone that wants to be a writer?
Kitty Zeldis: Keep reading like crazy! Make writing a regular practice—journal, diary, letters, dream books, poems. And sign up for a writing workshop or class—you’ll meet a community of writers all in engaged in the same pursuit, which is invaluable.
Linda: 10. If your book were adapted to the screen, what actors, actresses could you envision for the main characters?
Kitty Zeldis: Ooh, that’s such a fun question! Writers love thinking about those book-to-movie transitions. For Patrica, I’d like to see Cate Blanchett. I could see Lily Collins or Scarlett Johansson as Eleanor. Haven’t really thought about the male roles.
Linda: 11. How would you like the readers to connect with you?
Kitty Zeldis: Via Facebook and Instagram; just look for Kitty Zeldis because there’s only one! And please contact me if you are so inclined; I love to hear from readers!