KS: Cookies and cream
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
KS: Singapore. I went there on tour with the theater company that I work for. We only had one afternoon to go sightseeing and we went to Little India and visited a Hindu temple and ate delicious food and a bird told my fortune. It was magic.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
KS: Soapdish 4evah. “They put me in a turban, Rose. A turban!”
(as you will see later, turbans are very important to me)
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
KS: Angela Davis
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
KS: A big doodoo butt poop (I am super eloquent when it comes to politics)
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
KS: Performed in a theater company for twelve years.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
KS: A laptop with no access to the internet that says nice things to you until you stop typing for too long and then it berates you and says how the hell do you ever expect to make anything of yourself if you don’t JUST KEEP WRITING YOU IDIOT KEEP WRITING NEVER STOP. Yeah, pretty sure that would be a big hit.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
KS: It’s maybe a boring answer, but I love Oprah, and I would have her as my famous emergency contact. I have a feeling she would be good in an emergency. She would probably bring me chenille slippers from the south of France or something. Definitely a good book. Probably some chocolate. She knows what’s important.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
KS: I wear a turban when I write to keep my ideas in. I heard a rumor that Maya Angelou did the same thing, and for the same reason. Some sources say she just liked to keep her hair out of her face, but I know the truth.
Kate Scelsa’s debut young adult novel "Fans of The Impossible Life" comes out in September from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. From 2002-2013 Kate performed in NYC and on tour with theater company Elevator Repair Service in their trilogy of works based on great American novels, including the eight hour long marathon production "Gatz."