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(Frequently Asked Questions)

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Q. What made you decide to be an author?

 naught Relaxing at the annual fall Author Festival in Paso Robles, California

A. Writing is something I've done since elementary school, whether it was poetry or journaling. I always kept it very private, though, until my seventh grade literature teacher asked to see some of my poems. The thought of sharing them with anyone was truly frightening, but I'm really glad I overcame my fears. My teacher's helpful feedback and encouragement opened me to the possibility of writing for a wider audience and planted the seeds of my eventual career.

Q. Before you were an author, what other jobs did you have?

A. I've worked as a waitress in many different restaurants across the country--waitressing is hard work! It's a great job for a writer, though, because you learn so much about people and a lot about yourself. My first writing job was as a reporter for The Sanford Herald, a small daily newspaper in North Carolina. I later moved to The Fayetteville Observer, one of the state's largest dailies. My mask-making/metal-working career began in California, where I made masks for university theater productions, silver and gold jewelry and metal clothing for rock and roll performers. My all-time favorite, most rewarding job ever? Being a mom, of course!

Q. Why do you write so much about Greek myths?

 naught Students from Patrick Henry Middle School in Granada Hills, California, reenacting  The Judgment of Paris .

A. I started reading Greek mythology in the third or fourth grade, and I guess you could say I've been reading the same stories over and over ever since! I know them well, so it made sense to me to share my favorites with readers. A very wise man, a Swiss psychiatrist by the name of Carl Jung, believed that these ancient stories continue to live in our hearts and minds because the characters have become part of us. Everyone knows a vain Aphrodite, a bullying Ares or a logical, whip-smart Athena! Jung called them  archetypes , each god and goddess representing a distinct aspect or model of the human personality.

Q. Who is your favorite goddess?

 naught Hephaestus and friend.

A. Hestia, goddess of the hearth, without a doubt! Mainly because she is so different from the other Olympians. Unlike her quarrelsome, meddling relatives, Hestia was quiet, peace loving and very shy, so shy, in fact, it was said that she didn't like to have paintings or sculptures made of her. As a result, very few works of art depicting Hestia exist. Nevertheless, she was a very special goddess to the Greeks, representing the all-important fire burning in the hearth of every Greek home.

Q. Your favorite god?

A. Hephaestus, god of the forge. I admire his creativity, his enormous talent and his ability to overcome the obstacles in his life. Hephaestus suffered a terrible injury to his leg when he tried to protect his mother and was hurled by his father from Mt. Olympus. He wore a leg brace and had difficulty walking afterward, yet he continued to do the physically demanding work of a blacksmith, creating beautiful, useful objects and works of art out of molten metal and other raw materials.

Q. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

A. I still like making jewelry, and I also spend a lot of time in my garden--I really love digging in the dirt!

 naught In my garden with a pomegranate, the fruit of the underworld--Persephone's downfall!

Awards and Notables

(Arachne Speaks, Ancient Voices and Voices of the Trojan War)

(Printed works by Author Kate Hovey)

* Starred review, Publishers Weekly
* Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award
* NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Book in the English Language Arts
* CCBC (Cooperative Childrens Book Center) Choices in Poetry
* Chicago Public Schools Recommended in Poetry
* California Readers' California Collections selection

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