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Skinny Dip with Pat Schmatz

Pat SchmatzPat Schmatz is the smart, well-read, insight­ful, and tal­ent­ed author of books such as Lizard Radio, Mouse­traps, Blue­fish, and her most recent The Key to Every­thing. She occa­sion­al­ly teach­es writ­ing, espe­cial­ly to mid­dle school and high school stu­dents. If you have a chance, attend one of her class­es.

What’s the weird­est place you’ve ever read a book? 

Inside a snow cave that I had built by tun­nel­ing far into an enor­mous drift, by can­dle­light. I start­ed feel­ing kind of funky, so I crawled out­side. Didn’t occur to me until (much) lat­er that the can­dle was using all of the oxy­gen in my lit­tle snow cave!

How many book­cas­es do you have in your house?

6 – in a 2BR apart­ment.

The Outsiders by S.E. HintonWhich book you read as a child has most influ­enced your life?

The Out­siders by SE Hin­ton

What’s your favorite form of exer­cise?

Cross-coun­try ski­ing in the win­ter, swim­ming in the sum­mer, sculling on the Mis­sis­sip­pi Riv­er in the spring and fall.

Have you trav­eled out­side of your state? Which state draws you back? (How many states have you vis­it­ed?)

The best trip I ever had was a ten-day walk­ing tour in West­ern Ire­land. That was amaz­ing. But I think my favorite coun­try to vis­it is still Japan. I spent sev­er­al months in Kyoto and every bite of food was amaz­ing and the beau­ty every­where was almost more than I could stand.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto

Kiy­omizu-dera Tem­ple in Kyoto (pho­to: cow­ard-lion | Adobe Stock)

What’s the last per­for­mance you saw at a the­ater?

The Pink Uni­corn at Illu­sion The­ater in Min­neapo­lis. It was excel­lent!

The Key to Everything

Pat Schmatz’ most recent book

What would you wear to a cos­tume par­ty?

I like to go as road kill. Take your clothes and lay them on the dri­ve­way. Pour black paint on the car tires. Dri­ve back and forth over your clothes. Add a grue­some mask and you’re all set.

If you could be grant­ed one wish, what would you wish for?

Glob­al Jus­tice (peace would fol­low)

What for­eign lan­guage would you like to learn? 

 I love lan­guage study. I’m cur­rent­ly study­ing Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage, Span­ish, Japan­ese, and Hebrew. I would love to be flu­ent in all of these, and also pick up Gael­ic and Ital­ian.

One Response to Skinny Dip with Pat Schmatz

  1. David LaRochelle April 28, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    Con­grat­u­la­tions on the new book, Pat! You are indeed an amaz­ing tal­ent! And your walk­ing tour of west­ern Ire­land sounds incred­i­ble.

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