SinC: What are your favorite shoes (heels, sneakers, flip-flops, whatever?)
HJK: Okay, I never used to be able to wear flip-flops -- having that little divider between the toes gave me the heebie-jeebies. Then, about a year ago, I just got over it! Now I have about 17 pairs of flip-flops. It gives me faith in the transformative powers of the human species.
SinC: Is there anything you'd never leave home without?
HJK: Lip gloss and body lotion. It’s because I live in the desert of Southern California.
SinC: What do you wish you had more time for?
SinC: Is there anyone from the past you would like to talk to for just 15 minutes?
HJK: At the moment, I’m a little obsessed with Genghis Khan. (can one be “a little” obsessed?)
SinC: What word do you absolutely hate?
HJK: “Awesome” has bugged me for about seven years.
SinC: Do you dream in color or black and white?
HJK: I have no idea. How unobservant of me.
SinC: If the F.B.I. had to give you a new identity, what name would you choose?
SinC: Favorite food?
HJK: Red velvet cake.
SinC: Favorite drink?
HJK: Vanilla milkshake.
SinC: Most embarrassing moment?
HJK: A lot of cringe-worthy moments as an actress, but in real life, it was the things that came out of me while in labor with my first baby.
SinC: First job?
HJK: Working at my brother-in-law’s tractor parts company.
SinC: Worst job?
HJK: Doing a scene with rats climbing over my face on The Guiding Light.
SinC: Favorite dessert?
HJK: Red velvet cake -- again.
SinC: If you weren't a published author, what would you be?
HJK: A politician.
SinC: If you could be one of your characters, who would it be and why?HJK: A teenage physics prodigy named Apollo. I think it would be nice to understand physics.
Harley Jane Kozak, author of the award-winning Wollie Shelley mysteries, is also known for her work on stage, screen and television. You may find even more things you don't know about her at her website, harleyjanekozak.com.
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