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Kristin Cashore   Kristin Cashore is the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of two young adult novels, Graceling and Fire. Her debut novel, Graceling, won the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the SIBA Book Award and the Indies Choice Book Award. Graceling is also a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Best Book of the Year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Andre Norton Award. Plus it made the Booklist's 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, the 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2009 Indie Next Kid's List... and a few more!

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This episode originally aired on 10/22/2009 with the following authors:
Note: The following interview has been transcribed from The Author Hour radio show. Please excuse any typos, spelling and gramatical errors.

Interview with Kristin Cashore

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Bonus Question(s) that Didn't Air on the Live Radio Show

Matthew Peterson: Alright. Let me ask you a bonus question. This is just a personal one. So, Kristin, if you could have a grace, what would it be and why?

Kristin Cashore: [laughs] Well, if only teleporting were a realistic grace for my world. But it isnít, itís too sci-fi. I would certainly love to be able to teleport, though and not to have to deal with airports and so on, and packing and all that. But more realistically, I would love to have a grace of languages. I have a really hard time learning languages. Itís just very hard for me. And one of my sisters is really gifted with languages and picks them up really easily and I would just love to be able to hear a language spoken and be able to speak it myself, you know, a day later or something like that.

Matthew Peterson: My wife had everyone in my family write on a piece of paper: whatís something you would like to know? And that was one of the things that came to my mind, I would really like to know a language because everyone in my family speaks another language. My wife speaks Spanish, all of her family speaks different languages and my family too. And I just sit there and . . .

Kristin Cashore: I know, you really just feel so at a disadvantage and also I feel disrespectful when Iím traveling and I canít speak the language. Itís just . . . I really struggle with it.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah. So, hereís a joke for you:

Kristin Cashore: Ok [laughs]

Matthew Peterson: What do you call someone who speaks three languages?

Kristin Cashore: Um . . .

Matthew Peterson: A trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? A bilingual. What do you call someone who only speaks one language?

Kristin Cashore: Monolingual.

Matthew Peterson: An American.

Kristin Cashore: [laughs] Yep. Itís embarrassing.

Matthew Peterson: It is because, you know, I speak to people from other countries and theyíre like, ďOh I know about 4 or 5 languages.Ē I know . . . I go to Taco Bell and I can get some language off of the menu maybe, bueno taco or . . . anyway [laughs]

Kristin Cashore: [laughs] Yeah, itís really bad.

Matthew Peterson: Well, thank you so much for being on the show.

Kristin Cashore: Thank you. It was really fun.

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