Since Kris Asselin passed on the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award to me last week, I’m following the rules by:

        1. I love languages. I’m a native speaker of English, pretty fluent in German and Spanish, and I can get by in French and Dutch. I would really love to learn Japanese someday.
        2. I got engaged to my cute Spanish husband in Valencia, Spain, and we got married in a castle!
        3. States and countries where I have lived: Massachusetts, Idaho, Connecticut, Kansas, New York, Germany, Pennsylvania, Austria, and Virginia. Boston is one of my favorite cities in the world, but I’d love to live in Spain someday. The next countries on my list to visit are India, Indonesia, and Japan.
        4. When I was little, I was a Very Picky Eater. My favorite food was spaghetti with butter, and I refused to eat such things as onions, strawberries and tomatoes. Now I love everything from artichokes to octopus. Yum!
        5. I have always loved reading. The first book I read on my own was HOP ON POP, and my favorite books growing up were the LITTLE HOUSE, DANCING SHOES, and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series, and then anything by Madeline L’Engle and Judy Blume. In grad school, I fell in love with the dead poet Rainer Maria Rilke, then wrote my dissertation about his work. My favorite more recent books include THE BOOK THIEF, SECRET KEEPER, MATCHED, LOVE, AUBREY, and HOW I LIVE NOW.
        6. Alternate careers I have considered: ballerina, fighter pilot, professor, and rock guitarist.
        7. I drink a bowl (BOWL!) of espresso with milk every morning.

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  1. Thank you!!! What a yummy award! 🙂

    That’s awesome that you were considering ballerina vs. fighter pilot as a career. I also considered fighter pilot, but ended up going into math and computer science. And now I’m a writer. Go figure! 🙂

  2. Aw, thanks! I don’t know as anyone has ever referred to me or anything I’ve ever produced as “irresistibly sweet” — oh, wait! I take that back. The baby! I produced him and he’s irresistibly sweet, right?

    BTW, where in Virginia did you once live? I’m just outside of DC in Arlington.


    • kiperoo says:

      Ooooh, DC is awesome. I lived in the middle-of-nowhere area of Virginia (aka Harrisonburg), *cough*. I’m sure I would’ve liked it a LOT more if I had been somewhere a bit more hip.

  3. Aw, thanks so much! What a nice surprise!
    Boston is one of my absolutely favorite cities, too. I spent four days there several years ago and have been trying to figure out how to live there ever since. I even picked out my neighborhood! =)

  4. Aw, thanks for the Sweetness award, Kip!

    I love the sound and look of Dutch–wish I could speak it! And I hope my Very Picky Eater daughter (who also adores spaghetti with butter) boradens her horizons the way you did!

  5. I’m thrilled with this — thank you!

    Dutch sounds great to me too, but the vowels just do me in, and the same goes for Turkish. Japanese vowels are so easy: ah, ee, ooh, eh, and oh, plus assorted diphthongs. I’ll bet could learn Japanese. The only hard thing about Japanese is kanji (Chinese characters).

  6. I can’t believe I’m on this list with some of my favorite authors! Thanks so much, Kip. Definitely the best thing to happen to me today was to come home and find I’d gotten this sweet award. I may even go have some spaghetti and butter to celebrate (but NOT octopus).

  7. Love the award! That’s so nice of you to pass it on to me. But then, anyone who read Anne of Green Gables and Hop on Pop has to have an “irresistibly sweet” heart.

    I’ll enjoy passing this one to others.

  8. Congrats, Kip. And thanks so much for passing the award on to me. 🙂

    And wow–I’m impressed by how many languages you speak. Have you been able to use them in any of your manuscripts?

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