Kari’s Background

Kari Martindale is a writer, ESL instructor, and lover of all things language. She is also well-traveled and recently bought an RV, Der Wanderbus, to tool around America in. Her educational background includes a Master’s in Linguistics from George Mason University and various certificates and diplomas in foreign languages, linguistics, and translation.  She is multi-lingual to various degrees of fluency in Spanish, Arabic, and German; along with possessing tourist-level communication and/or novice reading skills in French, Italian, Dutch, etc.  Her professional background includes translation, analysis, TESOL, and owning a small business.  She volunteers at her daughter’s school, she is a veteran of the US Air Force, and she is the spouse of an Air Force retiree.  She guffaws on a daily basis.


Kari’s answers to the kinds of questions they’re always asking writers…

Favorite authors: Bill Bryson, Carl Hiaasen, Jeffrey Archer, Dr. Seuss

Favorite children’s books: Jeremy Draws a Monster, Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, Wonder, The Lorax, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, A Good Day.  Favorite illustrator: David Catrow.

Which books most influenced my life: The Forgotten Door, A Wrinkle in Time, A Walk in the Woods, the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series

Most recent book to make me laugh: The Road to Little Dribbling (still reading)

Most recent book to make me cry: My Sister’s Keeper

How I write: I write to total silence as much as possible, and I do a disturbingly large amount of writing in the bathroom. When the mood strikes, I write; when it leaves, I stop. Lately, I’ve been getting inspiration for the Flash series every time I see a new sketch from the illustrator. Sometimes he’ll send me a doodle, and then a book appears out of that one single doodle.

Favorite quote: “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali