Author Gail Kittleson taught college expository writing and English as a Second Language. Now she writes memoir and women’s fiction, and facilitates writing workshops and women’s retreats.
With great pleasure, we welcome her back to 3 Questions Wednesday!
What inspires you?
Gail: Words inspire me. I can’t get enough of them. Long words, short words, phrases, and above all, quotes. Not just quotes from famous people, but the quotes on my tea bag every morning. Not all of them inspire me, but I’d have to say most of them do. Little notes like, “One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you.” Taken to the extreme, this attitude could cause chaos. But I also relate to the power of being freed from the tyranny of others’ opinions. And there are certainly characters in my novels who feel weighed down by such a burden.
This morning, the quote was from Wayne Gretzky, an athlete I wouldn’t normally be reading about. But listen: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wow! How inspiring is that? Whatever I’m facing that scares me and makes me wonder if I should hold back…ooh, better rethink that.
Of course, Scripture inspires me—that’s a given. But so many of the quotes that abound nowadays have roots in scriptural principles.
I love a good quote. 🙂 Now…
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Gail: I would be yellow—vibrant, clear, cheerful yellow, a primary tone that never fails to catch my eye, the color that enlivens tulips, daffodils, and daisies. When I asked my artist daughter to help me decide on colors for our dining and living room, she picked a deep intense yellow for the dining room. At first I thought, “I can’t put something this bright on the first room everyone sees when they enter our house.” But she asked, “Why?” The angle of her eyebrows told me I could, and moreover, I should.
So I did, and we love it. People say the light streaming in the south windows reflects so beautifully on this color. Its brightness cheers me every time I walk through the room, which is often. What’s not to love about this color?
Sounds like a beautiful room. Last question…
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Gail: .I wanted to be a writer. That morphed into being an English teacher, where I could inspire others to love the written word. But at base, the desire to write remained a calling, and though facilitating workshops on writing satisfies me in a unique way, writing thoroughly delights me.
Teaching and writing are both great professions. Thanks so much for stopping in! Readers, don’t forget to check out Gail’s newest book, With Each New Dawn here.
AND Gail has graciously offered to give away a print copy of her book, In Times Like These, to one person who leaves a comment. Make sure to enter below…
Pearl Harbor attacked! The United States is at war. But Addie fights her own battles on the Iowa home front. Her controlling husband Harold vents his rage on her when his father’s stroke prevents him from joining the military. He degrades Addie, ridicules her productive victory garden, and even labels her childlessness as God’s punishment.
When he manipulates his way into a military unit bound for Normandy, Addie learns that her best friend Kate’s pilot husband has died on a mission, leaving her stranded in London in desperate straits. Will Addie be able to help Kate, and find courage to trust God with her future?
Gail Kittleson calls northern Iowa home, where she and her husband enjoy grandchildren and gardening. In winter, the Arizona mountains provide new novel fodder.