Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Kid Interview Series - #2 - Kathy Bennett is interviewed by her daughter...AND granddaughter

I have interviewed Kathy Bennett on this blog before.  She is the only writer I know who used to be a police officer.  Which is not only cool, but handy too, as she writes cop thrillers.  I was jazzed when she took this interview and tweaked it to fit her personal vision.  SO, today, you get two for the price of one.  Kathy is interviewed by both her daughter and granddaughter.  Mikayla, I think you would make a great police officer; your answers are totally "just the facts, Ma'am"!  And Jaimie, with a cop for a mom, I probably would have been valedictorian!

Jaimie Cox, age 34  AND   Mikayla Mitchell, age 14, interview their author mom and Grandma, Kathy Bennett

1.  Can you name all your Mom’s books?  
Jaimie:     Yes I can.  They are A Dozen Deadly Roses and A Deadly Blessing.  
Mikayla:  Yes.  A Dozen Deadly Roses and A Deadly Blessing
2.  Which is your favorite and why?  
Jaimie:    My favorite is A Deadly Blessing.  It was more “on the edge of my seat” reading for me.  
Mikayla: My grandma won’t let me read them yet, so I don’t have a favorite
3.  When does your Mom write?  Where in the house?  Describe her writing area.  
Jaimie: Mom writes whenever she can get a spare moment or ten.  She writes in her office or sometimes she flees   to her favorite “secret” writing spot.  The best way to describe mom’s office is “controlled chaos”, and as for her secret writing spot, I can’t describe it because then everyone will know where she runs away to, and it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.  
Mikayla:   Grandma writes when she has free time in her office, which looks clean, but not organized.
4.  What are you doing when Mom is writing?  
Jaimie:    Working or taking care of my family.  
Mikayla:  Going on Facebook.

5.   If Mom got rich and famous, what would you want her to do with the money? 
Jaimie:  I would want her to be happy with it.  If she wanted to invest, save or spend it, then it’s hers to do what she wants with it.  
Mikayla:  Save it so she and Grandpa can get the house they’ve always wanted. 
6.   Do you read your Mom’s books?  
Jaimie:    Absolutely.  In fact, I’m one of her beta readers – so I get to read them before anyone else.  
Mikayla: Not yet, but I will when I’m old enough
 7.  Do you think you do better in school because Mom is a writer?  
.Jaimie:   Mom wasn’t a writer when I was in school, she was still working on the police force at that time.  So, with that in mind, I did behave better in school and out of school.  
Mikayla:  No
8.   Do your friends know what your Mom writes?  Do you tell them?  
Jaimie:     Of course!  Even my father in-law reads my mom’s books.
Mikayla:  No.  
9.   Do you want to be a writer when you grow up?  If not, what do you want to be.  
Jaimie:    When I was younger, I always enjoyed writing, but felt I was never good at it.  Right now, I’m an accounting manager for a distributing company.  I hope that someday I’ll be able to start my own bookkeeping business and work from home.  
Mikayla:  No, I don’t want to be a writer, but I still would like to follow in my grandma’s footsteps by becoming a police officer.
10. If you could dedicate a book to your Mom, what would you say?  
Jaimie:     To my mother and best friend Kathy – may your days always be filled with love, laughter and craziness.  I love you.  
Mikayla:   To my Grandma Bennett, I love you.

Kathy's latest police procedural is A Deadly Blessing.  Check out those Amazon ranks!
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)


  1. touching--this family pride and support. Lucky, lucky lady Ms Bennett. :)

  2. I love this interview. How old does the granddaughter need to be to read the books? 17, 18, 32? And she wants to be a police officer too.

    1. Hi Maria!

      I suspect that she knows about the 'adult-themed' plots in the book, but it's probably still a little too 'real' for her to read right now. I'm thinking about another two years...16 or so. But then I'm not her mom - although I often lecture like I am!

  3. What a fun interview! Don't think I've read one of these before. I could hear the pride and love in your daughter's and grandaughter's voice. Great answers too. You're one lucky lady.

    1. Hi Robena!

      I know, isn't this a 'novel' idea?

      I value my daughter's opinion very much. As for my granddaughter becoming a police officer, I think she and I will talk.

  4. How neat for you,Kathy, that your daighter reads your books. I apparently failed in some areas of motherhood. Neither of mine will read mine because there is S-E-X in them--not a lot, but enough to be interesting. (We're very good friends, but that puts them off.)
    You've done a good job as cop, mom and writer.Love this post.

    1. Hi Marsha!

      Thanks for the kudos, but I've certainly made my share of mistakes in my life. My daughter is an avid reader (something I thrilled about.)

      The fact your kids won't read your books isn't a reflection on your role as a mother, it's a reflection on the fact that you brought them up with a strong sense of self. It's great that they feel comfortable enough to tell the reason why they won't read your books. But then you can sit back and think to yourself that they're the ones missing out on some great stories.

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    1. Hi Misty!

      Thanks for stopping by. It was fun to see what they had to say.

      My granddaughter really threw me with wanting to be a cop. This was the first I'd heard about it.

  6. Hi Christine!

    I'm very lucky and I know it. I couldn't be more proud of my daughter and granddaughter.

  7. That was a fabulous interview. And put a smile to my face as I rush around the house after my 14 month old grandson.

  8. Glad everyone enjoyed this special glimpse into Kathy's life. If any of you are writers with kids, I invite you to contact me too, and get your on Kid Interview going. Some of the answers are just precious!

  9. I really love the comment, "as for her secret writing spot, I can’t describe it because then everyone will know where she runs away to, and it wouldn’t be a secret anymore."

  10. Another great interview. :)Congrats, Kathy on your success!