Questions & Answers with Kristy
Kristy Boyd with ipod on weathered bench with metal leaf design Copyright 2020 Kristy Boyd
What was your favorite subject in school?
It was a tie between English/Reading and Art. I loved when teachers would read to the class because I could see everything so vividly in my mind. Art class was always the place I felt most relaxed ... like myself. 

What were your favorite books as a kid?
The Mouse and The Motorcycle series, Amos: The Story of An Old Dog and His Couch, Where The Wild Things Are, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing series, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hobbit.

What were your favorite movies growing up?
Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The NeverEnding Story, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow, Jurassic Park, The Secret of Nymh, An American Tale, Disney's Robin Hood, 101 Dalmatians, and Lady & The Tramp.

What music is on your playlist now?
Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Vampire Weekend, Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eddie Vedder, The Shins, and Lord Huron.

What would you do if you didn’t write and illustrate?
I would probably work in Animal Conservation at a Wildlife Refuge. I love herbivores!

Sometimes neighborhood deer like to stop in for some fresh water and visit for a bit... lots of tasty tree leaves in this yard :)

Where do you write?
I have a workspace with windows to feel connected to nature listening to our songbirds.

What is the color that makes you happy?
As an illustrator I love so many colors, but evergreen is my favorite!! 

What languages do you speak?
English and some French … J’aime lire. (I like to read.)
Sophie Boyd ready for a walk 2020 Copyright 2020 Kristy Boyd
Do you have any kids and/or pets?
I don’t have any kids yet, but I do have a yorkie-poo named Sophie who is now 18 1/2 years old … she’s old enough to vote! 

What food did you love when you were younger?
I munched on crisped rice cereal treats so much that sometimes my family called me “Krispie.” And they still do … especially during family vacations when I bring home oodles of vanilla-iced crisped rice cereal treats with different characters on them. I also love sugar cookies in the shape of animals.

What food makes you want to run out of a room?
Even though I mostly eat vegetarian, it’s always been broccoli ... bleh! (I do eat green veggies… fresh spinach and lettuces.)
Kristy with her mom and sister on a girl's trip. Copyright 2020 Kristy Boyd
Where have you traveled?
North to Alaska: We stood in between icy glacier giants watching whales wave their tails in the distance.
Salt Springs Island, BC: We made new friends and saw fairy doors on Mt. Erskine. 
South to Mayan Riviera: We swam in crystal waters with beautifully bright tropical fish. Lizards tried follow us back to the hotel. We explored the majestic Mayan ruins that made time seem to stand still.
East to New York: Buildings were sky high, and the museums seemed to come to life from science to history to art.
West to California: We loved the mountains and ocean. The Redwood trees made us feel like we were on a different planet.

Do you have any siblings?
I have one younger sister named Jenny (Jen for short.) She helps cancer patients get better with radiation treatments, loves music and board games, and has a crazy chihuahua named Bowie.
Who has influenced your life the most?
Definitely my mom... she is a tiny lady with a strong spirit and zest for life, travel and animals. She's devoted to her family and really cares about others, too. As a Radiation Oncology Office Manager, she follows up with insurance companies to ensure they cover patient's treatments. It can be daunting, but she perseveres. She's also a speedster and roller coaster enthusiast. She plans a girl's trip or two per year to make new memories with my sister and me. We usually come back very exhausted and very happy. She has always said I should write children's books... and as usual moms are  right :)
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