Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Skinny Dip with Heather Vogel Frederick

7_8patienceWhat is your proud­est career moment?

I don’t think any­thing will ever beat get­ting that phone call over a dozen years ago from Simon & Schus­ter (edi­tor Kevin Lewis, to be exact) let­ting me know that they were going to pub­lish my first book, The Voy­age of Patience Good­speed. I hung up the phone after­wards and burst into tears. I’d worked so hard on that nov­el, for so many years! I was float­ing on air for weeks. In some ways, I still am.

Describe your favorite pair of paja­mas ever.

I was five, they were leop­ard print, and I thought I was the coolest thing ever. I loved those jam­mies to shreds. I had match­ing leop­ard print slip­pers, too—which met an untime­ly end when I acci­den­tal­ly stepped in the toi­let. But that’s anoth­er sto­ry.

In what Olympic sport would you like to win a gold medal?

Curl­ing. Just to see the looks on people’s faces when I told them.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Twen­ty-three years ago, my hus­band and I picked up and moved from the East Coast to Port­land, Ore­gon, sight unseen, no jobs. Friends and fam­i­ly thought we were nuts. We prob­a­bly were, but it was also a fab­u­lous adven­ture. We fell in love with Ore­gon the minute we drove across the bor­der. The Pacif­ic North­west is absolute­ly gor­geous, and it’s been a great place to raise our boys.

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing?

7_8WestWindOn my own? This is a tough one, because my mem­o­ries of read­ing on my own are so tight­ly inter­laced with night­ly read-alouds with my father. I remem­ber him read­ing Thorn­ton Burgess’s Old Moth­er West Wind sto­ries to me, which were his favorites when he was grow­ing up, and I also remem­ber sound­ing the words out myself and read­ing them back to him. As a solo read, though, I think it was either Gene Zion’s Har­ry the Dirty Dog or Vir­ginia Lee Burton’s Mike Mul­li­gan and His Steam Shov­el (both of which I lat­er read to my boys, who also loved them—isn’t that one of the best things about books?).

What TV show can’t you turn off?

Believe it or not, The West Wing. Some­how we missed it the first time around when it aired over a decade ago, and now we’re stream­ing it on Net­flix and can’t pull our­selves away. It’s held up remark­ably well, and in many ways is still top­i­cal and time­ly. And the writ­ing! Don’t get me start­ed on the writ­ing. Sharp, fun­ny, smart, infor­ma­tive. I can’t get enough of it.


One Response to Skinny Dip with Heather Vogel Frederick

  1. Carl G July 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Great inter­view, Heather. Curl­ing?? Can’t wait to see it.

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