Thursday, September 4, 2014

AP Author Spotlight: Patricia Kiyono

Patricia Kiyono
Twitter ID: @PatriciaKiyono
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Describe yourself in three words:
happy, busy, optimistic
Tell us a little about your latest release:
The Friendship Star Quilt, co-written with Stephanie Michels:
Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.
Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of his and Jennie’s lives. Until her past threatens to destroy their relationship.
What is your earliest memory?
I remember moving to a new house when I was five years old. Funny how I have no memories of life before that! But I remember being so excited about  having an upstairs attic room. My mom still lives in that house.
What would you consider the greatest moment in your life?
Holding my first baby in my arms.
What’s the hardest thing in in life you’ve done?
Allowing that first baby to live through her difficult teenage years!
What have you learned in life so far?
I've learned that there are very few do-overs, but that it does no good to dwell on what hasn't gone right. We just need to do the best that we are able, and accept that some things aren't going to go our way.
Everyone’s favourite question: if you could invite five people for dinner, who would it be?
1. I'd definitely love to talk to my paternal grandfather - he died before I was born. He came to America in 1915 from Japan. He came alone, hired as an artist to run the art department at Stickley Brothers Furniture Company in Grand Rapids. I learned he was descended from a shogun - I'd love to ask him about that!
2. Jimmy Stewart - I always loved the calm, reasonable, intelligent type he played in the movies.
3. Morgan Freeman - for the same reasons as Jimmy Stewart
4. Debbie Macomber - anyone who can create such heartwarming characters has to be a warm person herself - and the fact that she knits is a real bonus!
5. Aaron Copland -  I'd love to thank him for providing me with hours of great music.

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